Essential Reads

Punk Music Isn't "Bad"

Extreme music can help regulate emotions (if you like it).

Creative Concerns

Uncertainty and bias against creative ideas

You May Not Persist Long Enough in Creative Tasks

More effort generating creative ideas is generally rewarded.

When Music Becomes Language

Neuroimaging Reveals How the Jazz Masters See Music Differently

Recent Posts on Creativity

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

ADHD and Weed: What’s the Draw?

Does marijuana help with ADHD?

The Wonders of Home

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in Happy Trails
Wouldn't it be nice to see your hometown through the eyes of a traveler?

Do Generations Exist?

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in The Prime of Life
Is it misleading to speak about a self-absorbed “Me Generation” or jaded, cynical GenXers, overeducated and underemployed?

Four Reasons to Worry About "Personalized Learning"

By Alfie Kohn on February 24, 2015 in The Homework Myth
When kids create their own meaningful projects, the learning is personal. When kids are fed prefabricated skills and constantly tested (via computer), the learning is "personalized." The latter is profitable for corporations, but not so great for our children.

Ebb and Flow

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 24, 2015 in Decisions Teens Make
Overuse of technology by young people may result in distraction, stress and impaired performance. Help them find flow!

Measuring Team Performance

By Solange Charas on February 24, 2015 in The CEO Whisperer
Objectively measuring the effectiveness of the team helped the Board of Directors of this Humane Society better understand how to better select new directors and more powerfully move forward. The process explained.

Oliver Sacks and Creative Arts Therapies

Many colleagues in the fields of creative arts therapies were sad to read Oliver Sacks’ recent and poignant essay in the Op-Ed section of The New York Times about the return of his cancer and his thoughts about death. And here's why his body of work continues to impact the fields of art therapy, music therapy, and other expressive therapies.

Traveling Through Time

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
Our ability to mentally travel back and forward in time gives us our sense of self and enhances our lives and coping abilities in many ways.

Tossing the Soap

By Judith E Glaser on February 22, 2015 in Conversational Intelligence
When you are playing at Level III you are at the top of your game – in fact you expand the game beyond the obvious – stretching your ‘toss’ to reach farther with others – opening the space for better tosses and better adjustments as you co-create for mutual success.

The Mind of the Authoritarian

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 22, 2015 in A Sideways View
It was around 70 years ago that the famous book entitled THE AUTHORITARIAN PERSONALITY was published. What was the central theory and how is it considered today