Essential Reads

Why Some Math Anxiety Might Actually Be a Good Thing

Research explains the interplay between math anxiety, motivation, and learning.

In the Age Of Emoji, What's in a Word?

Emojis can be even more powerful than words.

Family Background, Creativity, and Genius

Behind the motivations of science Nobel laureates and literary prizewinners.

Do Video Games Measure IQ?

A new study suggests video games measure intelligence.

Recent Posts on Creativity

ADHD "Symptoms" Are Advantages for the Entrepreneur

For the entrepreneur, ADHD traits can be superpowers in disguise.

What Do You Look Like When You’re Bored?

What does it look like to be bored, to be melancholy or depressed, or even just to be thinking? In photography, in art, and in real-life there are often striking similarities. There's usually a head-on-the-hand. But there are some differences and that's what I'll try to show you here. See if you can spot them at the next meeting you attend.

The Underrated Importance of Being Playful

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 06, 2015 On Having Fun
What if playfulness were a survival skill?

How Steve Jobs Would Trump and Disrupt the Republican Debate

General Schwarzkopf once said that the first thing you do when you become a General is take off your specialty pins, because the only thing that matters is the mission and that has to override your defaulting back to your prior area of competence. Don't you agree that the President we need, must take off his or her party affiliation to serve the mission we all need?

Be Creative When You're Sleepy

By Temma Ehrenfeld on August 05, 2015 Open Gently
Your creative times may be when you're a little groggy or drify.

Mood Disorders and Creativity

There is an enduring belief that creativity in the arts is associated with psychological disturbance and even “madness”

Making the World More Fun

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 05, 2015 On Having Fun
And even if it’s not singing and dancing and parading but playing some silly game, what you’re doing, along with whatever you’re doing for each other, is honestly and really making the whole world just a little more fun.

If You Want to be Creative, Keep Trying

By Garth Sundem on August 04, 2015 Brain Trust
Test yourself: how many creative ideas can you generate for things to eat or drink at Thanksgiving dinner? Now, how many more do you think you could come up with if you persisted in trying again? The answer might surprise you.

4 Reasons to Have the Last Say

There are several good reasons to write out a brief narrative essay that expresses something we'd like to be remembered by. Whether it's to be used as a eulogy or shared with close family or the world, the experience itself is eye-opening.

Are You a Chronic Journal Ditcher?

Higher emotional clarity and better self-understanding? Sounds great, right? Here are some tips to help you stop ditching that journal and stick to a writing routine.

Before There Were TED Talks, There Were Chautauquas

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 03, 2015 Innovation You
Before there were TED talks, there were Chautauquas. In the late-nineteenth century, Americans looking for cultural stimulation and intellectual inspiration gathered for weeklong retreats of lectures, performances, and conversations.

Art Therapy: It’s Not Just an Art Project

Are there circumstances where art itself is the proverbial therapist? This is a question that continues to rankle the profession called “art therapist” as well as those who are trying to establish a clearly defined scope of practice for the field.

Why Grow and Make Your Own Food? Especially as an Artist?

Why grow and make your own food? Why put it in all those hours slaving under the hot sun, covered with dirt, when you could stroll through an air-conditioned grocery store? Why spend all that time processing milk when there are others who can do it for you? And what does it have to do with being an artist?

Out-of-the-Box Activities to Push You Off Autopilot

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 31, 2015 How To Do Life
Many of us become victims of habit. These activities may disrupt that.

Where Do Our Fantasies Come From?

By Sheila Kohler on July 30, 2015 Dreaming for Freud
But from this reality, Oates takes a few small steps ( did Henry James really faint at his first visit overcome by the sights and sounds around him?) and eventually some imaginative leaps which seem to come only from her own imagination and perhaps her own fantasies. Are they also ours?

Punk Music Isn't "Bad"

New research explores whether extreme music (e.g. heavy metal and punk) makes you angrier, or helps you process and regulate your anger.

An Unexpected Chord

Disagreement don't need to poison relationships

The Playful Adult

...adults are playful beings, just like we children are...when it comes to needing to play, we might very well be more play deprived than they.

Betrayal and Abandonment in Therapy

When sudden death, suicide, or a sexual advance shatters the clinical alliance.

Creative Concerns

At first glance, the notion that creativity perturbs us is oxymoronic. We live in an age in which we are encouraged to prize all things ingenious. However, novelty also brings risk and uncertainty.

Why Your Creative Friends and Co-Workers Can Be So Deceptive

New research explores the connection between creativity and unethical behavior.

Teaching Through Insights

What would it look like to view teaching as a process of creating insights? Here are 6 ideas: diagnosing why students are confused, helping students unlearn mistaken beliefs, encouraging students to pursue their own feedback, anticipating knowledge shields and breaking through them, working through the three pathways to insight, and promoting an insight stance.

You May Not Persist Long Enough in Creative Tasks

I have the opportunity to work with groups who are trying to develop creative solutions to problems. One thing I have noticed is that groups often try to end the task of generating new potential solutions fairly quickly. After they have generated a couple of good ideas, they want to move on to evaluating those ideas and planning a way to execute those ideas.

What's Your Joy?

We might be happier if we spend more time thinking of our joys rather than our miseries. Writing about our joy is one way to bring about healing and establishing a sense of harmony in our lives. It can be a way to tap into our subconscious mind. In addition to writing, sometimes trying to do something different as a way to break routine.

When Music Becomes Language

When jazz musicians achieve the highest levels of mastery, their brain processing undergoes a fundamental change, and they begin to perceive music in a way no one else can.

Prison Art: Is It Therapy or "Therapeutic"? So What?

There is no doubt that making art in prison can be therapeutic--but is it necessarily therapy? This blog teases apart the differences between the two, all the while exploring the age-old question: so what?

I Hate Multiple Choice

What do multiple choice tests measure? Is that what we want to know?

Stories of Seclusion: After Winning the Lottery

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 27, 2015 How To Do Life
The drive to be creative can know no bounds.

8 Ways to Bust Your Creative Blocks at Work

By Megan Dalla-Camina on July 26, 2015 Real Women
Creativity at work can be stifled, especially during really busy or stressful times. Try these strategies to bust your blocks and get your creative juices flowing.

How Charlie Got His Groove Back

Charlie the Dog or The Dood—our undersized, but athletic Goldendoodle—spent his first four-and-a-half years enthralled by squirrels and hooked on the game of chasing them.