Essential Reads

How Our Habits Affect Our Dreams

Choose your own adventure dreaming.

Finding Truth and Authenticity in an Age of Irony

Blending irony and sincerity is essential to an ethical vision.

Open Source Innovation: What's In and What's Out

The new open source landscape is a vastly fertile one

Recent Posts on Creativity

How To Write a Thriller?

By Sheila Kohler on March 16, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
First, as with anything you write, you have to choose a voice. Who is going to tell your story? Do you want to use the first person as Albert Camus does in “ The Stranger” and begin with the lapidary sentences: “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be quite sure.”

3 Reasons You (or Someone You Know) Crave the Apple Watch

If you've found yourself craving an Apple Watch (even though you don't think you really need one), you're not alone. Here are three insights about how Apple has tapped into our psychology to create desire.

Make Your Dreams Come True, Be Extreme

If you push yourself to extremes and find out what your true talents are.

Straight Talk to Artists Who Want to Make Money

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 16, 2015 in How To Do Life
The artistic temperament is antithetical to making money. You better fight that if you expect to make a living from your art. Otherwise you have a hobby.

Do You Need A Strengths-Development Habit?

Today 5 out of every 10 people report they have the opportunity to do what they do best each day at work – an increase of 30% over the last decade. As a result they tell us that they feel more engaged and energized, that what they do makes a difference and are much more likely to describe themselves as flourishing. How are they getting these results?

Ten Arithmetical Conundrums

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on March 15, 2015 in Brain Workout
Arithmetic can be fun as these conundrums will show.

Strategies for Growing the Transhumanism Movement

Transhumanism—the international movement that aims to use science and technology to improve the human being—has been growing quickly in the last few years. But for the movement to grow more, better strategies will need to be implemented.

7 Hints for Making It as an Artist

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 13, 2015 in Creating in Flow
Are you a weekend artist who putters and creates but longs for more time to pursue a career as a “real” artist?

18 Ways to Add Oomph to Your Everyday Activities

Physical exercise has many brain health benefits, and reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. But you don’t have to hit the gym to get your heart pumping! Here are 18 ways to add umph to your everyday activities.

The Psychology of Online Customization

The decision to buy a customized product is mediated by a number of unconscious factors that shape the customers’ final decision.

The 'Other' Marshmallow Test

The tower building exercise - and its marshmallow - reveals another secret of successful human behavior, in this case for mental health professionals: when we put the goals of our patients first and foremost, they are going to be more effective, and so will we.

How to Completely Change Your Sex Life and Relationship

It's normal for a couple who has been together for a few years to fall into a stale and boring pattern. Our brains crave novelty. Stability and security is nice and comforting, but it’s not exciting. Instead of taking each other for granted and then going on Facebook looking up someone you dated high school, try being open and honest with each other. Hit the reset button.

How Similar Is Too Similar?

Does the song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams sound similar to Marvin Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up?” Does it sound so similar that it actually represents copyright infringement?

The Innovation Bucket List

By Moses Ma on March 12, 2015 in The Tao of Innovation
Creating an innovation bucket list is an exercise that can clarify your creative and innovation goals.

The Most Precious Gift My Mother Gave Me

By Sheila Kohler on March 12, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
Perhaps the most precious gift I inherited from my mother, the one which led me to become a writer, was her silence about so many parts of her life, the mystery in which she wrapped herself—like a dark cloak—giving only brief glimpses of her true self from time to time.

Using Art to 'Touch' Someone in a Juvenile Detention Center

Guest blogger and artist Elise Lunsford describes a unique and creative approach to promote reconnection and healing with a difficult client in a juvenile detention facility. In forensic settings, clinicians are warned not to touch the inmates. She demonstrates that art can allow us to reach out and touch those who therapists would otherwise hesitate to touch.

How Over-Thinking Kills Your Performance

By Gregory Ciotti on March 11, 2015 in Habits, Not Hacks
Why assessing your performance will often steer you wrong.

An Amish Surprise: Solving the Bipolar Puzzle

Do you know what Abraham Lincoln, Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway and Marilyn Monroe have in common? If you guessed they all had bipolar disorder, you’re right.

Is There a Link Between Intelligence and Mental Illness?

Plagued by mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar polar disorder, and schizophrenia, are a host of artists, writers and famous people throughout history.

Enter the Epiphany Machine

By Kaja Perina on March 10, 2015 in Brainstorm
Struggle, whether creative or emotional, can be a trapdoor to another place entirely.

Barry Beck Finds His Purpose Bringing Hockey To China

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 10, 2015 in Brick by Brick
For the past 7 years, Barry Beck, a former NHL All-Star and capitan of the New York Rangers, has aimed to expand the sport of ice hockey. As a mentor and coach at the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey, he has broken down barriers for the sport and developed a culture of growth and development for over 25,000 children.

What My Son Has Taught Me About Autism and Parenting

By Stephen Borgman on March 10, 2015 in Spectrum Solutions
Here's a simple way to improve your parenting on the autism spectrum.

The Book That Changed My Life

By Sheila Kohler on March 09, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
I first encountered Proust’s work in what might be considered rather adverse yet somewhat Proustian circumstances. He was a favorite writer of my ex-husband and his southern mother who had discovered Proust on her own in the library in Kentucky where she had taken out Scott Montcrieff’s translation of Remembrance of Things past, and read it by chance.

The Brave New World of Connectional Intelligence

By Tim Leberecht on March 09, 2015 in The Romance of Work
Connectional intelligence highlights an evolution that has been quietly taking place across workplaces all over the world—just like traditional intelligence is “out,” so is the old way of working. It’s a whole new world in more ways than one; there’s less emphasis on conventional hierarchies, more on reshaping office environments and workdays for improved collaboration.

Why We're in Need of Music

In Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End, a highly cerebral species of aliens known as the Overlords have been studying the human race from their spaceship, but they have encountered one puzzle they cannot solve. Why do humans spend so much of their time playing with, listening to, and preoccupied by meaningless tonal patterns—something the humans call music?

An Unforgettable Zen Story About "Letting Go"

You do not need to forgive a bad action that the other person hasn't repaired. You do need to move on.

Creativity and Mental Illness

Creating and creativity are healthy processes in contradiction to contentions such as those of Kay Jamison and Nancy Andreasen and others who have carried out weak research purportedly showing connections between creativity and mental illness.

Five Ways to Access Your Unconscious Intelligence

Overthinking kills our intuitive sense. Find out how to relax and trust your gut feelings to your and other people's benefit. Soon enough, you are going to burst with creative solutions....

Why is the Glass Ceiling Shatterproof?

By Ray Williams on March 07, 2015 in Wired for Success
While there are many individual accomplishments to celebrate the overall picture is not rosy, particularly in the U.S. The glass ceiling is still shatterproof.

The Female Artist in Society

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on March 07, 2015 in The Me in We
"Do women have to be naked to get into the Metropolitan Museum?” ask the Gorilla Girls.