Essential Reads

Getting Existential with Josh Rouse

Musician Uses Mindfulness to Manage Anxiety

Cities Are Green After All

Agriculture fingered as key source of global warming.

The Myth of Creativity On-Demand

Recreate the environments you're most creative in.

Meet Danielle Meitiv: Fighting for Her Kids’ Rights

She’s accused of child neglect for allowing her children some freedom.

Recent Posts on Creativity

On Art And Madness

By Sheila Kohler on February 27, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
My mother would often warn me, “Now Sheila, you don’t want to be too clever for your own good.” Obviously she equated “cleverness” with something dangerous. She was much more interested in how people had reacted to my dress after a party, “Did they like your dress?” she would ask, rather than my report card.

ADHD and Weed: What’s the Draw?

Does marijuana help with ADHD?

The Wonders of Home

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in Happy Trails
Wouldn't it be nice to see your hometown through the eyes of a traveler?

Do Generations Exist?

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in The Prime of Life
Is it misleading to speak about a self-absorbed “Me Generation” or jaded, cynical GenXers, overeducated and underemployed?

Are Kids Curious?

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in This Is America
In The Hungry Mind, Engel draws on the latest social science research to understand why curiosity is nearly universal in babies, and less evident in school. Although most children learn more when their curiosity is piqued, “schools do not always, or even often, foster curiosity.” But in an era that prizes quantifiable results, curiosity is not likely to be a priority.

Enough Already!

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 25, 2015 in Play in Mind
This winter is one for the books. The usually jovial Al Roker has become a regular on the nightly news, frowning with grave tidings of clippers bearing down from Alberta and screamers screaming south from Saskatchewan. Here at home the snowpack is the deepest in 15 years. We built a snowman (really a snow moose) in the back yard during Winter Storm Neptune.

Four Reasons to Worry About "Personalized Learning"

By Alfie Kohn on February 24, 2015 in The Homework Myth
When kids create their own meaningful projects, the learning is personal. When kids are fed prefabricated skills and constantly tested (via computer), the learning is "personalized." The latter is profitable for corporations, but not so great for our children.

Ebb and Flow

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 24, 2015 in Decisions Teens Make
Overuse of technology by young people may result in distraction, stress and impaired performance. Help them find flow!

Measuring Team Performance

By Dr. Solange Charas on February 24, 2015 in The CEO Whisperer
Objectively measuring the effectiveness of the team helped the Board of Directors of this Humane Society better understand how to better select new directors and more powerfully move forward. The process explained.

Oliver Sacks and Creative Arts Therapies

Many colleagues in the fields of creative arts therapies were sad to read Oliver Sacks’ recent and poignant essay in the Op-Ed section of The New York Times about the return of his cancer and his thoughts about death. And here's why his body of work continues to impact the fields of art therapy, music therapy, and other expressive therapies.

Traveling Through Time

By Dr. Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
Our ability to mentally travel back and forward in time gives us our sense of self and enhances our lives and coping abilities in many ways.

In the Name of Knowledge, Schools are Stupid

By Lois Holzman Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in A Conceptual Revolution
People in schools are trapped in an authoritarian educational bureaucracy beholden to corporate and political interests. But they’re also trapped by a culture that insists we (especially the professional knowers among us) must know what we’re doing or we wouldn’t be doing it.

Tossing the Soap

By Judith E Glaser on February 22, 2015 in Conversational Intelligence
When you are playing at Level III you are at the top of your game – in fact you expand the game beyond the obvious – stretching your ‘toss’ to reach farther with others – opening the space for better tosses and better adjustments as you co-create for mutual success.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

The Mind of the Authoritarian

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 22, 2015 in A Sideways View
It was around 70 years ago that the famous book entitled THE AUTHORITARIAN PERSONALITY was published. What was the central theory and how is it considered today

Expanding the Horizon of Our Perspective Taking

We become comfortable with what is familiar and this develops into habits. At times this is expedient, yet at other times it can inhibit us from creativity or reaching more potential. Learn some tips on how to expand the horizons and range of our thinking.

How to Dream Like Salvador Dali

By Michelle Carr on February 20, 2015 in Dream Factory
A brief nap, less than a second long, can be used as a source of artistic inspiration and creative resolution.

Use 'One Good Thought' to Change Your Harmful Habit

By Meg Selig on February 20, 2015 in Changepower
To improve your life, connect with your core values. Try this simple, 5-minute technique right now!

Second Thoughts

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on February 19, 2015 in Seeing What Others Don't
I have now had two years to reflect on my book Seeing What Others Don't. I am pleased with the book, but there are a number of ways I would change it if I had the chance. I would make a small but important modification in the model of insight, and I would add much more material about ways to foster insights.

How Old Is Language?

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on February 19, 2015 in Language in the Mind
Can the time-depth of language be uncovered without a time-machine? Recent evidence, ranging from genetic dating, to new archaeological finds, is transforming what we know about language's vintage.

Escaping Across the Border Through Art

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on February 19, 2015 in Art on Trial
Often, women who are emigrating from Mexico—sometimes illegally—may be doing so to escape from violence and suffering. Sometimes, they escape towards it. This post examines how one art therapist, guest blogger Valentina Castro, uses art to help endure and heal from such pain.

Impulse Control Can Work Against You

When “I shouldn’t” becomes “I can’t,” we can end up creating obstacles for ourselves that interfere, not only with our self-development, but with our basic happiness.

Jealousy in Street Art

By Peter Toohey on February 19, 2015 in Annals of the Emotions
Does jealousy have a role in street art? Can it help to keep things fair?

The Real Reason Most Leaders Aren't Thinking About Trust

Trust continues to languish at historic lows at work contributing to lower engagement and innovation. So why aren't more organizational leaders leading the charge to build trust? The real reason may surprise you.

He Who Loves Will Be Conditioned to Show it

Love is not a disposition but it can occur below conscious awareness.

The Battle For Our Youth

By Tim Elmore on February 19, 2015 in Artificial Maturity
I was stopped dead in my tracks one morning after reading an interview Steve Jobs

Why Education still (and always) Matters

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on February 18, 2015 in The First Impression
What role should education be playing in American culture today?

How to Enhance Your Music Listening Experience

By Dr. Kimberly Sena Moore on February 18, 2015 in Your Musical Self
Have you ever reeeeally listened to the lyrics of a favorite song? It may make a difference in your listening experience. Research provides possible explanations as to why this matters.

How Hard Is It To Get Enough Exercise? Very Hard!

Exercise, schmexercise. The question is WHEN?

I’m Glad I Raised My Kids in the Flintstone Era

As I watch mothers who talk or text while they breast feed and fathers who read their emails despite the fact that their kids are practically ripping their shirts as they pull on them, I reminisce about raising my three beautiful sons. I couldn't use an iPad to babysit my kids, and that meant they were free to fully engage in imaginary and creative play.