Essential Reads

Are Creative People More Likely to Be Psychopathic?

Psychopathy, a trait associated with antisocial qualities, may show up in a prosocial form among creative people. New research shows the physiology supporting this intriguing link.

Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us Happy?

Does AI spell the doom of humankind? Or should we welcome it? Given the significant limitations of human rationality, only AI can help humans to solve many difficult problems.

What Goes Into the Creative Act? Can Therapy Be Creative?

By Sheila Kohler on October 16, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
Is there any overlap between therapy and the creative act?

What Is the Link Between Alcohol and Creative Genius?

By Tom Shroder on October 05, 2016 in Acid Test
My author grandfather said he couldn't write when he wasn't drinking. It might have won him a Pulitzer Prize. It definitely killed him.

More Posts on Creativity

Character Counts in a Novel's Pages

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 02, 2016 in Creating in Flow
If the characters who people a book, no matter how wildly offbeat, don't feel real, readers may lose interest. Plot is definitely not everything. Character counts.

Mediated Dreaming

How do new media technologies impact people's dreaming experiences? And how can new digital tools enhance our understanding of dreams?

Experience-Based How-To's for Creativity

Getting creative – There’s nothing like drawing on experience!

Why MC Sha Rock is Still the Luminary Icon

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in Brick by Brick
As a member of the group Funky 4 + 1, MC Sha Rock is the first prominent female emcee in Hip Hop history and is considered one of the greatest female Hip Hop artists of all time.

A Non-Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences: Part 5

Coincidences can alert us to new patterns about how the world works.

What a Body Knows—and What I Can Not

The title of this blog—and the book that inspired it—is What a Body Knows. The sentence seems straight forward enough, but is it? What can I know about what my body knows?

Trump Tag

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Play in Mind
Playing politics on the playground

Get Your Head in the Clouds

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
Problem solutions like to play hide and seek. We seek. And they hide. The harder we search, the more they hide. Here are 3 steps to help you find creative solutions.

Why We Need Positive Education 2.0

Education is a global challenge that requires a global approach.

500 Hours of Happiness

By Susan Hooper on May 29, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
As a volunteer music therapy aide at a busy urban hospital, I have learned firsthand the power of a piano to lift spirits and ease cares—at least for the length of a song or two.

6 Ways Reading Fires Up Your Writing Brain

Our brains are amazing thinking, dreaming, imagining, and producing machines, reliant upon their masters to program, nurture, guide, and direct them. Luckily, reading does wonders.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 27, 2016 in Memory Medic
Start your thinking project with pen or pencil. Then use the keyboard for final production.

The Territory of Play

By Bernard L. De Koven on May 27, 2016 in On Having Fun
Moving images of children at play—images that capture their spontaneity, creativity, community—are profound reminders of who and how we are when we are free.

Are Musical Genres Outdated?

Is it hard for you to identify what music you like? A little insight into your personality may help.

Art Set Him Free: A Former Prison Inmate's Story

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on May 26, 2016 in Art on Trial
One man explains how art helped him get through prison.

We Need to Talk About Books!

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Are you a reader of ‘light’ or ‘heavy’ books? Why do so many of us love books set in war time, yet that is the last place we would really want to be?

Six Honest Answers About Writing and Publishing Your Book

On my bulletin board at work, I’ve posted a small clip that reads: “Of the 86,000 new titles published in the UK in 2009, 59,000 sold an average of 18 copies.” Publishing is hard.
Gretchen Rubin

Have You Ever Been Made Happier by a “Modest Splurge?”

I remind myself that sometimes, it makes me happy to indulge in a modest splurge—to buy something that I don’t absolutely need, but that makes my day brighter in some way.

Queer Couch for the Straight Girl

A queer therapist describes therapy with a straight woman, and how the therapist being out helped the client to create a new story for her life.

Do You Have a Micromanaging Boss?

Are you feeling overwhelmed at work? You may have a micromanaging boss.

Feel the Singularity

By Moses Ma on May 12, 2016 in The Tao of Innovation
Should we redistribute existing wealth or create new wealth? Here's some quantum thinking about the economy.

Writing Naked for Change

Letting go of our baggage during the writing process can help you on your journey to self-discovery and ultimately transformation.

Depth Psychology of Art

The transformative powers of artistic expression are found in diving into the depths as well as the reflections of its surfaces.

Life—Best Taken With Salt and Pepper

Do you “savor” your life as much as possible?

Margaret Cho Wants You to Embrace Your Darkness

There would be no contrast in your existence if the bad and dark parts didn’t exist.

The Art of Patient Persuasion

By Jean Kim M.D. on May 11, 2016 in Culture Shrink
It's important to understand the patient's reality.

10 Ideas for Wise Decision-Making

High intelligence is not enough for successful decision-making.

Awe and Awareness in Motherhood: An Interview

A hesitant adventurer's search for wonder in the natural world and how she keeps the phenomenal alive in her everyday life.

5 Steps to a More Creative You

Three recent works on creativity and innovation suggest similar approaches to a more creative you.