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

7 Habits of Highly Effective Sleuths

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 07, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
People who ponder puzzles, whether writers, investigators, photographers, or physicians, will benefit from turning these skills into habits.

Mindfulness and Cultivating Creativity

Creativity relies, in part, on the brain being in a state of unfocused, resting wakefulness, similar to that found in certain types of mediation and mindfulness practice. So, when you're at rest, are you actually working?

Culture Matters! How Cultural Knowledge Influences Language

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in Language in the Mind
Culture, along with language and mind, form a golden triangle; their symbiotic interleaving enables the prodigious meaning-making capacity of our species.

Tomas Tranströmer’s Avocational Polymathy

Scratch beneath the surface of just about any successful career in science, art, or human affairs and you’re sure to find wide-ranging interests. We’ve been scratching through the memoirs and biographies of Nobel Prize winners. No surprise, avocational polmathy, aka the several-hats tactic, turns up time and again. Tomas Tranströmer provides a case in point.

Dreams and Narrative

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on March 06, 2015 in Dream Catcher
Why are dreams like stories? Because they are made to be interpreted.

Psychosis Sucks!

By Joe Pierre M.D. on March 05, 2015 in Psych Unseen
Does the British Psychological Society's recently published monograph called "Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia" dangerously romanticize mental illness? Here's why psychiatrists say yes.

The Importance and Relevance of CTE

Career Technical Education (CTE) makes education relevant and important. One goal for CTE is to put individual students to work to achieve success defined in a number of ways, including earnings and quality of life. A second goal is to provide the skilled labor force to enable America to maintain its place in the world economy.

Dinner for the Dying: Last Suppers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
Art exhibit in Dayton features paintings of inmates' final meals; artist Julie Green describes her process.

Psychology Poems for the Month of March

Listen first, hear a blur… Get clues, listen twice, words are heard! Top-down: it filters.

Negative Emotions, Anyone?

By Sandeep Gautam on March 04, 2015 in The Fundamental Four
In a recent post Todd claimed that intentionally creating or prolonging negative emotions/states may be healthy; I present a counterpoint.

Love the Child, Not the Gift

For all parents of gifted children, be sure you communicate unconditional love for your child throughout his/her development. Love the child, not the gift. Reward your child for effort, dedication, and discipline, not their gifts. Be there for them throughout their development. Listen to their struggles and support their dreams.

Getting Rid of Your Feelings: Does It Help?

Because feelings can be so overwhelming, we often have the misconception that the best way to deal with them is to get rid of them. We imagine that life would be so much easier if we could just shut them down entirely and for good.

An OCEAN Far Away: Big 5 Personality Factors in Star Wars

Which Star Wars characters characters are the most open to experience while others are set in their ways? Who's the most conscientious or lackadaisy? Who are the extraverts, who's most agreeable, and who's most neurotic? Help rate the characters in order to find out together.

Make Choices Today That Will Help You Thrive Tomorrow

If you always give in to what feels best in the moment, it will be hard to ever have the life you really want.

How Are You Dancing With Life?

We think life is static, but in reality, it is always in movement. If we are open to that movement, we discover who we are and who we are becoming.

A Heart That Is Ready for Anything

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 in Finding True Refuge
There’s a bright light of awareness that shines through each of us and guides us home, and we’re never separated from this luminous awareness, any more than waves are separated from ocean.

Does Happiness Lie Within?

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 in Out of the Darkness
Consciousness has a natural quality of well-being which we tap into when our minds are quiet and empty

It's a Wrap!

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 in Head of the Class
How can we get students to review what they did wrong on exams and papers?

To Be Creative, What Are the Best Habits to Follow?

By Gretchen Rubin on March 03, 2015 in The Happiness Project
When we shape our habits to suit our own nature, our own interests, and our own values, we set ourselves up for success.

Use Checklists More

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 02, 2015 in How To Do Life
Why checklists are so helpful and how to create a critical one.

Drawing From Moments of Serenity

By Hal Mathew on March 02, 2015 in Unagoraphobic
Learning a new skill will give you meditative, calming periods of time each day

The Inverse Innovation Cycle: How Failure Becomes Success

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 02, 2015 in Innovation You
It may be true that a checklist will help you reach an opportunity more efficiently.

Time to Rethink How Children Play

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 02, 2015 in Singletons
How could the International Toy Fair, a wonderland of 1,000+ manufacturers displaying their products for 2015, possibly make a person sad?

The Creative Power of Children

By Drew Boyd on March 02, 2015 in Inside the Box
Parents teach their children many things. Creativity should be one of them. A systematic approach to generating novel ideas gives parents the structure they need to do just that.

The Top 9 Reasons I Hate Anxiety

Here are the top 9 reasons I hate anxiety--and you should too!

Self-Regulation of Creative Behaviors

Psyching yourself to be creative.

A Dress of a Different Color

By Maureen Seaberg on March 01, 2015 in Sensorium
The dresses of the year, are, in fact, marsala!

Delivering Bad News

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 01, 2015 in A Sideways View
Whilst it is usually both easy and enjoyable giving people good news, it is often very difficult delivering bad news to people. What do we know about the process and the best way to do it?

Is Writing a Hit TV Series In Your Future?

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on February 28, 2015 in Career Transitions
Is writing for television one of your career dreams? If you’re ready to transform your ideas into reality, here’s a book that can help you every step of the way.

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.