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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

More Posts on Creativity

Creativity and Intelligence Leading to Psychosis and Autism

Creativity and intelligence, though related, are opposites on a continuum. The same type of dichotomy exists between psychosis and autism and the underlying processes are surmised to be similar.

Creative Rehabilitation, Part 3: Stroke

It is especially important to think outside the box when planning rehabilitation for victims of stroke who are young or members of a minority group.

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

Inevitably being 'at home' means abiding within yourself

The Authentic Life of Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels

Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels is part of arguably the greatest rap group of all time, Run-D.M.C, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After facing many hardships in his adult life, he shares how he was able to cope by reconnecting with his creative side.

Miss These Quirky Novels at Your Peril

The 7 terrific novels rounded-up here offer superb writing and absorbing stories to sink your teeth into.

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

Women can express and transform their psychic and home interiors

How to Win the Innovation Race

You don't want to run the whole innovation relay only to find that you dropped the baton somewhere along the way. Practice, polish, and perfect those hand-offs.

The Homospatial Process in Creativity

The homospatial process was discovered in extensive empirical investigations with outstanding literary prizewinners and Nobel Laureates in the sciences. It consists of conceiving two or more discrete entities in the same mental space or location, a conception leading to the articulation of new identities. The wide use in creativity and Does and Don'ts of use are specified.

The Truth About Cremation

You know we all have to die, right? If you're willing to learn what happens afterward, whether in traditional burials or the more sensible cremation industry, you will enjoy this memoir of a quirky writer who worked for several years in the American funeral industry.

Organizational Insights

Organizations are usually driven by a desire to cut errors and increase efficiency, and while these goals are important, they aren't enough. Organizations also need to foster discoveries. They can help workers adopt an Insight Stance by changing how they conduct progress reviews and how they react to conflicts and confusions.

The Two Directions of Creativity

By Drew Boyd on July 01, 2015 Inside the Box
Most people think the way you create an idea is to start with a well-formed problem and then brainstorm a solution to it. What if you turned that around 180 degrees? It sounds counter-intuitive, but you really can innovate by starting with the solution and then work backwards to the problem.

Hunkering Down

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 01, 2015 How To Do Life
Finding contentment if, in our so-called improving economy, you're still struggling.

Are You Having a Relationship with an Adult Coloring Book?

As of this writing, five of the top 30 titles on Amazon’s best-seller list are adult coloring books. With over 2000 titles out there and rising, the phenomenon of adult coloring-within-the-lines just seems to have no end in sight. Just why have adult coloring books become such a phenomenon?

Play Makes Children Smart, Happy and Prepared for the Future

This blog is about the myriad benefits of play for children. Too much cerebral focus and too little spontaneous thought can be damaging for creativity, intellect and overall wellbeing.

Taking Action Against Burnout: First Steps

After consulting a couple of life and career coaches, I'm starting the work of loving my work again.

Picture This: Using Visual Aids to Inspire Creativity

It's no coincidence that the word "visionary" denotes having the ability to see well and possessing a gift of creativity.

Did Paleo Man have Drug or Drinking Problems?

By Donna Barstow on June 26, 2015 Ink Blots Cartoons
Mental illness and mental health are not modern. What did cavemen (sorry, Paleo man) do about it?

The Janusian Process in Creativity

The janusian process was discovered in extensive empirical investigations with outstanding literary prizewinners and with Nobel laureates in the sciences. It consists of conceiving and using multiple opposites or antitheses simultaneously. Application of the process in creative work is described through an outline of the appropriate do's and don'ts.

Inside Out: A Psychologist's Take

Why is the new animated film "Inside Out" so popular? It might have something to do with how the characters, which are a young girl's emotional states, are actually so much more....

Tikkun Olam

In response to a previous blog of a very troubling dream about my attempt to sew together the head and body of two decapitated figures, my friend describes a transformational journey to Vienna where he is transfixed by the Rubens painting of Mary removing a thorn from the head of Jesus and discovers the meaning of Tikkun Olam, repairing of the world.

Are You a Daydreamer or Do You Have ADHD?

When is it daydreaming, and when is it ADHD?

Creative Rehabilitation, Part 2: Severe Head Injury

Severe head injury is a family's worse nightmare. Are there ways to make the recovery process less stressful and even fun?

Lavender, Roses, and Oh So Much More

Health benefits of gardening indicate that it is worth the effort as an investment, not only for the beauty, but for augmented mental and physical health.

Two Views of Aging While Creative

Two well-known aging authors, May Sarton and Donald Hall, have written intimate tell-alls about how it feels to be 80-something.

Is it Both-AND, or Either-OR: How Does Your Tarp Hang?

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on June 19, 2015 Living It
Thinking about how to think, Father's Day, and many great camping memories, I compare two fundamental logical operations by a contrast of plausible surfaces.

You’re More Creative When You Walk

For addicts in early recovery, this research can help build new feelings of self-esteem as the addict reintegrates into society and family post-treatment and is able to generate new ideas that promote his/her work as well as a healthier lifestyle.

Rachel Sussman

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on June 18, 2015 Sensoria
Imagine you found out that the scrawny little plant inhabiting your back yard, the one whose value you’ve questioned so much that you’re always tempted to mow it over, was a continuously living organism millions of years old—a real relic of deep time!

Igniting a Renaissance

How can parents best bring out their child’s gifts? How can we help the gifted child who is more introverted? How can we spur a renaissance in gifted education? How can we persuade the public to care about helping our most talented kids reach their full potential?

Therapy Through...Choir?

Exploring choirs that are specifically designed to strengthen the speech skills of those with speech deficits.

How to Get Unstuck

Have you ever felt stymied? Stuck in the mud on a problem or when you're trying to be creative? Here are some ideas to get you moving out of the muck and back on track.