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Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

So, What Is Distraction Again?

Distraction and mind-wandering may seem like interchangeable terms, but they're not. It's worth pondering what our brain is doing when it seems to be doing nothing.

How Encouraging Kids' Creativity Makes Better Scientists

How do you encourage students to become innovative scientists and engineers? One key, it turns out, is cultivating their talent in arts and sports.

Being Creative About Staying Creative

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
Keeping an open mind about — and asking more from — brain training

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How To Write a Healing Poem

For years psychotherapists have been advocating writing healing poems as a way to navigate through difficult times. In doing so, it's important that the poem is written from the heart and not the mind. The best poems begin with an image or a feeling. This blog offers tips on how to write a poem for emerging and established writers.

Abstract Ideas Lead to Real-World Resilience

Your ability to bounce back from challenge may be all in your imagination.

A Map for Engineering Your Next Innovation [Infographic]

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 Innovation You
In my own work strategizing innovation practices for some of the worlds biggest and best companies, I use the Innovation Genome to find this place of positive tension.

Is Obsessive Genius Your Model for Mastery?

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 24, 2015 Tracking Wonder
Obsession has promise. Obsession is in part what advances our cultures of art-making, solution-making, life-making. But must our risking excellence come at the cost of our humanity?

Is Obsessive Genius Your Model for Mastery?

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 23, 2015 Tracking Wonder
Obsession has promise. Obsession is in part what advances our cultures of art-making, solution-making, life-making. But must our risking excellence come at the cost of our humanity?

Make It a Happy Start to School: Our Top 10 Secrets

Here are some ideas for parents who want to ease their child’s return to the classroom. There are thoughts on planning ahead, paying close attention, nurturing creativity, being reassuring, making real-world connections, encouraging exploration, supporting good work habits, making time for play, finding a healthy balance, and advocating as needed.

Why Does Overthinking Sabotage the Creative Process?

Neuroscientists have identified why overthinking can undermine the creative process.

Find Flow Through a Camera Lens

Flow happens when you lose your sense of self, and many artists, including photographers, mean that quite literally.

What Should I Do With My Life?

This question can give us heartache, whether we are in our twenties or sixties. Having no idea what to do next hurts, even as it might excite us on some level. Whether graduating from college or retiring from a long career, the road ahead may seem intimidating in its blankness. Freedom is supposed to be so desirable, yet its reality is often heavy with perplexing dilemmas.

When the Creativity Researcher Goes Back to Being Creative

By James C Kaufman on August 17, 2015 And All That Jazz
For half of me, this is a dream come true. I’m revisiting my musical and reworking the script with my director Valeria and rewriting some songs with my composer Michael. The other half of me is feeling impostor syndrome for the first time since grad school – what the hell am I doing?

When Nobody Wants Your Innovation

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 17, 2015 Innovation You
Everywhere you look, you'll see this wildly contradictory set of desires and feelings toward change. We hate traffic jams, but we refuse to try self-driving cars. We dream of improving the quality and length of our lives, but we're reluctant to tamper with the genetic triggers of a disease.

Exploring the Psychology of Fine Artists in the Digital Age

We are saturated by the media, in the form of advertisements and the Internet selling us unlimited number of programs, supplements, systems, and medications to address this triad. But, what about exposure to the fine arts? Can art influence our psychological and physiological wellness?

What Men Owe Their Mothers

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on August 14, 2015 Listen Up!
Beyond the sentimental stereotypes, there is a deep relationship between men and their mothers. And it can be hard for a man to acknowledge that debt without again feeling like a little boy clustered around a woman's skirt.

Creating Your Soul in Every Moment

If you think of your soul as the essence of “who” you are, then it opens the possibility that you can create this essence just as you create many other aspects of your life: what you do with your life, your values, what you consider virtues, etc. So in contemplating this notion I realized that not only do we create our lives, we also have the ability to create who we are,

4 Creative Ways to Become a Better Manager

By Victor Lipman on August 14, 2015 Mind of the Manager
To develop managers, we tend to focus on a relatively predictable skill set. These four less expected, creative approaches can help improve management performance. It's not about sensitivity, it's about productivity.

Woody, Again - Irrational Man

The talented Woody Allen has entertained fans with a new film each year for nearly half a century. But just when his career is at its prime, the reprisal of old, denied, and never proved molestation charges by his still bitter ex-lover Mia Farrow and company has left his personal reputation newly tarnished, and threatens to dent the box office appeal of his films.

The Creativity Crisis and What You Can Do About It

By Jason Powers M.D. on August 13, 2015 Beyond Abstinence
The creativity crisis has clear ramifications as our world grows more complex. An IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the most crucial factor for future success. In fact, creativity is now seen as more important than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision. Part of maintaining a healthy, creative climate is avoiding addictive behaviors.

Jung’s Scarab as a Psychotherapeutic Technique

Jung’s patient described her dream of a golden scarab as Jung tried to break through her rigid rationality. As he fervently hoped for the unexpected, he responded to a tapping sound at his window and produced the world’s best known synchronicity.

Countering Sad Artist Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 12, 2015 How To Do Life
Artistic people have reason for malaise but there are solutions.

The Intuitive Parent

The Intuitive Parent: Finding your own parent style while tuning in to your child

Learn More About "Nothing"

If you're a fan of playful philosophical exploration, a little-known series of talks on DVD is sure to provide creative inspiration.

How Does Your Giftedness Affect Your Career?

With today’s emphasis on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the workplace shouldn’t being gifted be an advantage? The simple answer is “yes”-- but it’s not that simple.

Top 3 Tips for “Fantasy-Prone” Writers

The so-called fantasy-prone person is actually a repository of hidden talents.

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.

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.