Essential Reads

Should You "Write First, Edit Later"?

One of the most common pieces of writing advice is "write first, edit later," but does this work for everybody?

Right Brain and Left Brain Share Duties On "As Needed" Basis

By Christopher Bergland on September 17, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Growing evidence debunks the myth of creativity being seated in the "right brain." A new Duke study illuminates how the left brain and right brain can share duties when necessary.

New Book: How to Write a Forever Letter

By Jennifer Haupt on September 15, 2017 in One True Thing
In this age of emoji communication, why bother handwriting a letter? Find out.

Elise Hooper: Is All Writing Autobiographical?

By Jennifer Haupt on September 05, 2017 in One True Thing
We write fiction and create characters to explore questions, and these questions are often uncertainties we have about ourselves.

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Selling Mental Illness and Its Cure

Kay Jamison's presentation of her biography of poet Robert Lowell, "Setting the River on Fire," shortchanged his lived experience and creativity in favor of his mental illness.
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Writers: How to Be Fired Up, Not Burned Out

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Starting something new is not the only way to get excited about writing again. Here are some reflections about how to find flow.

Chandler Travis Is Happy Being Hopelessly Out of Step

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Chandler Travis's music career has spanned over forty years, including as a member of Travis, Shook and the Club Wow (with Steven Shook).

Who Are You Really? Do You Know?

By Mridu Khullar Relph on March 01, 2017 in Culturally Incorrect
The beauty of being a writer is that you don’t have to choose. If you've been struggling with your identity as a writer and finding out what you were meant to write, read this.

Where Does Inspiration Come From?

By Jennifer Haupt on March 01, 2017 in One True Thing
Kristina Baker Kline reveals the story behind an Andrew Wyeth painting that inspired her new novel, "A Piece of the World."

Mark Stewart's Faith Is Room For Doubt

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Mark Stewart of the band The Pop Group told me, “People for some reason say that my stuff is prescient.”

Moving Out of Life as a Lab Rat

"Lab rat living" feels as if you are “doing time.” There is no psychological engagement with the world, resulting in a limited range and depth of your emotional experiences.

Art Therapy’s Ethical Responsibility

A White House spotlight on art therapy generates some illuminating ethics questions for all helping professionals.

Don't Let Them Kill Your Dreams

By Mridu Khullar Relph on February 27, 2017 in Culturally Incorrect
Why does everyone try to dissuade you from expressing your true desires? Here's how to keep those negative voices out of your head and truly go after your big goals and desires

Gaining a Window on the World

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Can modern telecommunications solve the problem of social isolation in seniors? A new innovation by Swiss researchers making staying in touch easier than ever.

Kenneth Arrow

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Feeling Smart
From the Impossibility Theorem to Ken's WWII story.
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The Tony Romo Dilemma

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on February 23, 2017 in Co-Parent Problems
Using a salient sports topic, I describe a framework for effectively resolving stressful dilemmas.

Funny Philosophers

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Play in Mind
Can philosophers afford to be funny when asking the ultimate questions about life, the universe, and everything?

George Newbern is an Acting Animal

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“He’s psychotic. He’s an assassin. He’s not a normal person.” This is how actor George Newbern describes his character “Charlie” on ABC’s Scandal.

Creating and Collaborating Broadens Street Art's Reach

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 22, 2017 in Life, Refracted
On Feb. 21, 2017 the New York Times noted the 69th floor of 4 World Trade Center had invited renowned street artists to express themselves inside and legally. Reach expands again.

Trivia Quiz: How Well Do You Know Psychology’s Pioneers?

When he delivered his now classic book to his publisher, which author apologized that it was a "loathsome, distended, tumefied, bloated, dropsical mass?"

Highly Creative People Have Well-Connected Brain Hemispheres

By Christopher Bergland on February 21, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
People who are highly creative have better connectivity between the left and right brain hemispheres, according to a new study by a team of international researchers.

Drug Use And Creativity

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in In Excess
A recent systematic review of the psychological literature reviewed all studies that provided empirical data on the relationship between psychoactive substance use.

6 Tips Toward Getting Your Book Published

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 20, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Anyone serious about turning written work into actual books must do a lot of research into the realities of publishing before sending anything into the world. Here are 6 tips.

Creative Thinking is no Longer an Option, It's Essential

By Rod Judkins M.A., RCA on February 20, 2017 in Connect to Creativity
The future belongs to creative thinkers. The real currency of our time isn't money, it's ideas. You need to become an ideas generator whatever field you work in.

In Defense of Duty

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in How To Do Life
Duty and responsibility have lost stature to autonomy and creativity--Alas.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

By Dean Olsher MS, MT-BC, LCAT on February 15, 2017 in A Sound Mind
Meeting life’s challenges head-on allows us to not be crushed by anxiety. It is this struggle that gives our lives meaning.
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Create a Morning Routine That Works For You

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on February 15, 2017 in Tracking Wonder
Most of us have heard and read the value of a morning routine. Yet, despite our best intentions, morning routines often go awry. What to do?
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10 Classic Word Puzzles to Challenge Your Verbal Brain

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on February 13, 2017 in Brain Workout
Try these ten puzzles that will test your verbal skills, getting you to associate verbal memory with the form of words.

Recommitment Vows and Honeymoons Part 3

I know a creative, dynamic man named Ken. When he got married, he enjoyed his wedding day so much that he said to his wife, “We should do this every year!” And they have...

Recommitment Vows and Honeymoons Part 2

More and more couples are writing their own vows rather than just repeating what the minister has them say. I believe this is an important trend.
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Coping With Trump Anxiety

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on February 09, 2017 in Co-Parent Problems
Concrete steps for managing a new and significant stressor in American life.

Self-Actualization Through Music

By Dean Olsher MS, MT-BC, LCAT on February 09, 2017 in A Sound Mind
One reason the creative arts are a powerful therapeutic resource is that they function on multiple levels. This particular song operated on at least three.

Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants Is Good for the U.S.

When the U.S. welcomes refugees regardless of religion, race, or ethnicity, we reap important social and economic rewards.

Anticipation

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
Anticipatory thinking is the way we imagine how unexpected events may affect our plans, alerting us to potential threats. But what are the dysfunctional tendencies that block it?