Essential Reads

Psychopaths Can Actually Be Creative People

Psychopathy, a trait associated with antisocial qualities, may show up in a prosocial form among creative people. New research shows the physiology supporting this intriguing link

Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us Happy?

Does AI spell the doom of humankind? Or should we welcome it? Given the significant limitations of human rationality, only AI can help humans to solve many difficult problems.

What Goes Into the Creative Act? Can Therapy Be Creative?

By Sheila Kohler on October 16, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
Is there any overlap between therapy and the creative act?

What Is the Link Between Alcohol and Creative Genius?

By Tom Shroder on October 05, 2016 in Acid Test
My author grandfather said he couldn't write when he wasn't drinking. It might have won him a Pulitzer Prize. It definitely killed him.

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Why Weirdos Win

Have you ever been called “weird,” “crazy” or “strange”? Well, fear not, fellow weirdos: There is hope.

Who Dares Speak Honestly About Unbelief?

Being an activist for a popular cause is easy. Speaking up for a cause that by its nature offends many people takes courage. Some new books tell the truth about atheism.

"Original Voices": New Book Gives Homeless Women Their Say

By Jennifer Haupt on May 02, 2016 in One True Thing
"Original Voices" is the perfect title for this collection of poems, essays and wonderings, written by homeless women in Seattle.

What Is Passion? Part 2

By Lybi Ma on May 02, 2016 in Brainstorm
Guest Post by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

How Well Can You Detect Lies?

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on May 02, 2016 in Brain Workout
Have you ever wondered how the great fictional detectives were able to identify a culprit? These puzzles provide insight into their thought processes.

What Is Passion? Part 1

By Lybi Ma on May 02, 2016 in Brainstorm
Guest Post by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

Corner Flags, Constraints, and Creativity

Sometimes what we see as blocking our way can be just what we need to creatively guide us forward

Prince Or His Music: Which Will You Miss More?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Steven Pinker famously said that music was simply “auditory cheesecake,” a pleasurable activity with no useful or adaptive qualities. Prince fans may not agree!

Corinna West on Poetry for Personal Power

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Corinna West on the organization Poetry for Personal Power.

Less Than Perfect Is Just Fine

By Susan Hooper on April 28, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
In any creative endeavor, how does one strive for perfection while not being paralyzed or defeated by the knowledge that perfection is unattainable?

Green It Is!

Green up your life. It'll be good for your body and your mind.

Sascha DuBrul on Navigating Between Brilliance and Madness

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Sascha DuBrul on navigating between brilliance and madness and the Icarus Project.

Cultivating a Passion for Prevention

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 in In One Lifespan
The mass of evidence suggests that changes in the habits and habitats of people are much more important than biomedical interventions in shaping the health of populations.

Launching Into Multi-Dimensional Thinking

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on April 26, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Can we tap into "three-dimensional" thinking?

Becca Atkins on Artreach Inc. and Shedding Diagnostic Labels

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Becca Atkins on Artreach Inc. and shedding diagnostic labels.

My Boss Stole My Idea

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on April 23, 2016 in Critical Feeling
You presented an idea. Nobody listened. In a meeting three weeks later, your boss suddenly bursts out, “I have an idea!” It is your idea …

Judith Schlesinger on Creative Genius and the Insanity Hoax

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on April 23, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Judith Schlesinger on creative genius and The Insanity Hoax.

Mindfulness in the Museum

Can we look at paintings the way we watch TV?
DP Lyle

Bones, Blood and Bodies

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Podcasts from experts in forensic science and law enforcement assist crime writers to learn details of the disciplines.

Visual Journaling as a Reflective Practice

The practice of visual journaling can be a powerful container for life’s more difficult experiences and transitions, self-care and meaning-making. Start your journaling here.

4/20/16: Now That It's Nearly Normal...

By Eliezer Sobel on April 19, 2016 in The 99th Monkey
I certainly hope the rest of you have a great time, if and when widespread legalization comes to pass. And I’ll be really sorry to miss the party.

Belief and Nature’s Resilience

Spring cleaning can signal a time of personal renewal.

10 Puzzles to Challenge Your Word and Number Sense

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on April 17, 2016 in Brain Workout
Word searches are fun. If they are number words, which can be found only by solving number riddles, the challenge and fun are increased.

Defining and Debunking Assertions About Creativity

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 16, 2016 in A Sideways View
Is everyone creative? Can you learn to be (a lot) more creative? Are creativity people odd or difficult?

ADHD and the Rock Star Gene

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on April 15, 2016 in The Gift of ADHD
Adam Levine,, Justin Timberlake, and Solange Knowles have spoken publicly about their ADHD. Can ADHD be a gift?

Why You Shouldn't Ask "What's It About?"

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 14, 2016 in Creating in Flow
When you ask about a novel, 'What's it about?" you risk missing a chance to be surprised. It's not what, but how things happen, that makes all the difference.

The Importance of Kindness in Science

Buz Hunt showed the importance of kindness and thoughtfulness in science, and why some, perhaps more than others, might leave much more than a scientific legacy.

Art Therapist: Ambassador in the Prison Subculture

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on April 12, 2016 in Art on Trial
To provide care within the primitive prison subculture, the art therapist must act as an ambassador and compromise with the foreign dynamics—the trick is to not appear to do so.

The Secret to Writing Transformative Poetry

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on April 11, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
For years, poetry has been used as part of therapeutic practice. The beauty of poetry is that it succinctly helps us get in touch with our innermost feelings with words and images.
K. Ramsland

Murder: The Prosecutor's Tale

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 09, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Prosecutors of high-profile cases who then write books offer insightful details about how they formed their strategies.