Essential Reads

Creativity Hiding in the Headlines

“Ancient Remedy Cures Modern Infection” says a lot about creative practice.

Adoption in the Life of Steve Jobs

Both genes and environment help account for Jobs's success.

Positive Thinking: A Brief User's Guide

Positivity will lift your spirits, but will it lead to meaningful change?

The Future Has Come and Gone: You Just Missed It

There is no data on the future where breakthrough innovation happens.

Recent Posts on Creativity

Feminist Pedagogy in the Classroom

By APA Division 15 on February 10, 2015 in PsychEd
One way to integrate critical thinking into classrooms is through feminist teaching. But, what is feminist teaching? How can educators use feminist teaching as a means to bring critical thinking to classrooms?

The Celestine Prophecy

By The Book Brigade on February 10, 2015 in The Author Speaks
We all start off as nonbelievers, says James Redfield. But if we open ourselves to the spirituality just below the surface of our everyday challenges, interesting things start to happen. We become more intuitive. And we get luckier.

Why You Should Have More Workplace Accidents

Accidents will help you survive and thrive at work.

Are You Raising a Couch Potato?

Do you ever wonder why some kids become unmotivated—why they would rather doze off in front of the TV instead of working toward a personal goal? Learn how initiative is developed and fostered through specific types of experiences—most of which happen outside of school!

Same Sex Marriage Has Opened Doors for All of US

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W. on February 09, 2015 in Quite Queerly
The new paradigm of marriage explodes restrictive categories and in their place offers greater freedom for both gay and straight couples.

Film Analysis of Birdman

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on February 08, 2015 in Get Hardy
It's Riggan Thomson’s (Michael Keaton) last act so to speak. This former cinema superhero is mounting an ambitious Broadway production hoping to breathe new life into his stagnant career. He wants something real, to be known for more than the superhero. Although Birdman is called a black comedy, there's little funny about Riggan's journey of crisis and transformation.

Creativity in Centerfield

By Albert Rothenberg on February 08, 2015 in Creative Explorations
This is an account of authentic creativity in the everyday sport of baseball. Joe Dimaggio's creative catching in the outfield is illustrated

Mission to Meet our Makers: A Review of Prometheus, Part 1

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in Intersections
Being human: Michael Fassbender's David grasping our place in the universe.

Anxious Parents Helped by “World’s Worst Mom”

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in Moral Landscapes
Lenore Skenazy was called a bad mother when she let her 9-year old son ride the NY subway alone. Now she hosts a TV show to help parents become more like her.

Movies with Movies in Mind: Games Filmmakers Play

What happens when the movie's magic spell is broken?

Creativity’s Monsters: Making Friends with Complexity

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on February 08, 2015 in Creative Synthesis
Creativity is about more than what time you wake up or what apps are on your phone. Being more creative requires us to be open to all the voices in our heads, even—or especially—the crazy ones.

The Cost of Efficiency: Unlearning

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in Jacob's Staff
Conventional education teaches us be as efficient as possible. How useful is this training in dealing with the dynamic uncertainty and complexity of 21st Century challenges? Why do so many companies complain that young people are unable to solve real problems? How can we change the current mindset that is focused on being efficient but turns out to be unproductive?

The Silver Lining Around Fearful Living

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on February 07, 2015 in Mindbloggling
One good thing about fear, other than it stops you from doing stupid, dangerous stuff, is that can hold you back from learning the facts inside out, which may help keep that creatively inspiring sense of wonder and possibility alive.

Looking For Approval In All The Wrong Places?

To heal means “to make whole” and unless we come to terms with our brokenness, we can’t experience ourselves as whole. When we regain the experience of wholeness we become more able to trust the validity of our own experience even when others opinions contradict it.

Recipes for Creative Genius

Here’s why the top 5 mental focus hacks might not be working for you.

Can Other People Make You Less Creative?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on February 06, 2015 in Mindbloggling
Do you sometimes feel more creative when you are alone? Though it is widely believed that stimulating environments enhance creativity this is not always the case. People may send out social signals to each other to conform, thereby ensuring that creativity--the process that fuels cultural novelty--is balanced by conformity--the process that perpetuates successful novelty.

Ambitunity: Ambition Plus Opportunity Yields Trailblazers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 06, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
An early Irish detective saw the value of science for investigation. Ignoring resistance, he established one of the world's top murder squads.

My Seven Healthy Obsessions

By Jennifer Haupt on February 06, 2015 in One True Thing
Cooking has always been celebrity chef Jesse Schenker's first passion and true "addiction." After getting out of jail, he flipped the switch and put the same tenacity and passion that he had for drugs into his cooking. Here are some of his other healthy habits he's become addicted to.

Mindfulness and Acting

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on February 05, 2015 in The Mind On Stage
We often ask "but what is acting" or "what are actors actually doing?" Perhaps the answer is "being mindful".

What Straight Couples Can Learn from Gay Couples

By Rick Miller LICSW on February 05, 2015 in Unwrapped
Ten things that gay couples know that every couple should learn. Gay couples often have had to fight for their relationship against great odds: the upside is they know how to do it and why it is worth it.

You Are Your Story

By Judy Carter on February 05, 2015 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Someone will tell your life story—at your funeral. Don't you want to tell your OWN story BEFORE then, and tell it well?

Leading From the Heart

What makes a good leader and can we learn those skills as adults?

What I’ve learned from learning the Ukulele

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in Listen Up!
Sometimes our failures contain the seeds of our greatest successes. Consider what happened when I, yet again, decided to try and learn to play a musical instrument before it was too late.

Great Leaders: The Secret That Freud Understood

Want to know the secret to what makes a group tick or tumble? Look to Freud.

6 Ways to Tell How Bold You Are

Do you consider yourself an open-minded person? Are you willing to experiment in order to improve your life? Research on the personality shows that you don’t even have to change but you can benefit from being willing to keep an open mind.

Is Your Dream Too Expensive?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on February 03, 2015 in Feeling Our Way
Many of our aspirations are compensatory, making up for something that life is not providing. If our dream comes true, it’s often at the cost of what life was providing.

Ordinary Cruelty

By Bruce Poulsen Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Reality Play
What makes good people do bad things? Can ordinary people be induced into behaving immorally? A movie about the famous Stanford Prison Experiment recently premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Here are some reflections about the movie and our susceptibility to both altruism and cruelty.

A Foolish Football Call?

By Stephen Greenspan Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Incompetence
Pete Carroll's decision to throw a goal line slant pass, which resulted in a game-ending interception, rather than hand the ball off to bruising running back Marshawn Lynch, is considered by most commenter to have been profoundly foolish. Use of a four-factor foolish action analytic framework, however, suggests it was not as foolish as it appeared to be at the time.

What Your Emotions Are Really Telling You, If You'll Listen

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in Curious?
Get access to one of the newer topics in psychology - emotion differentiation, clarity, and complexity. Life is more than whether we feel negative or positive emotions, it is about how we describe, label, understand, regulate, and use these emotions.

Are We in Our Right Minds?

By Michael Corballis Ph.D. on February 02, 2015 in The Recursive Mind
Let the mind exploit whatever realms of fancy it wanders into.