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Treating Road Rage: A Free-Range Approach

How a hawaiian shirt, the music of Gabby Pahinui, and a lump of coconut-scented surf wax helped cure a case of road rage
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Here’s How Creative Arts Can Diminish Stress

While there’s no way for you to avoid stress entirely, you can use it to your advantage and harness its energy to create meaningful artistic expressions.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 8

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in In One Lifespan
The future is uncertain. There is little doubt about that. Scenario-based collective intelligence design may help us to shape the future, specifically, through our innovations.

The Practical Benefits of a Wandering Mind

The next time you’re trying to concentrate and find your mind wandering off task, you might just want to let it go. New research suggests it may be helping you achieve your goals.

More Posts on Creativity

Adversity and the Creative Mind

Everyone experiences adversity, but some people use adversity to their psychological advantage. Do you?

3 New Books That Get Psychology Right

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Books are best when they do more than one thing well. The ones reviewed here show that their authors understand human nature and can handle plot and setting with aplomb.

Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences: What Are the Odds?

Statisticians explain coincidences as random events. So they look for ways to explain why non-statisticians find other explanations.

Albert Ellis: A Creative Revolutionist

By V. Krishna Kumar Ph.D. on January 14, 2016 in Psychology Masala
How can one explain the creativity of Albert Ellis, a legendary psychologist?

The Hero Within

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on January 13, 2016 in The Hero Within
Most people have no idea that the stories inside our heads determine much of what we notice in the world or how we string our observations together to make meanings of them.

Wired to Create

By The Book Brigade on January 13, 2016 in The Author Speaks
The creative mind is full of contradictions,and the tension between opposing traits and mental processes may give rise to the desire to harmonize the tension through creative work.

How to Have The Best Birthday Ever: Celebrate Your REAL Age

Birthdays as a reward for having shown up 365 days in a row. It's like getting a badge for attendance.

The Creative Power of Landscape

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 in Listen Up!
The physical effort involved in this artist's work jumpstarts his imagination and creativity

Ten Things You Can Do to See Your Children Thrive

By Anthony Biglan Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 in The Nurture Effect
Making your New Year's resolutions? Why not make resolutions that will nurture your children and help them grow into caring, positive adults.

Creativity Translates Perfectly with the Right Subtitles

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 10, 2016 in Creating in Flow
If you're seeking something new in the way of couch time, stimulate your brain by streaming a panorama of unfamiliar European mysteries, dramas, and more.

The Benefits of Play Events in Your Community

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 10, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Your community will come alive when they have the opportunity to play together!

Dopamine and Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Dopamine is central to motivation and reward and may be central to dreams as well.

Risk, Reality, and Croquet in the Age of Alarm

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on January 04, 2016 in Play in Mind
...we do, in fact, now live in a healthier, wealthier, more tolerant, less violent, and more secure world than ever.

Community Service: Teens Make Great Play Advocates

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 03, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Teens have helped with community play activities from the beginning. They are energetic and creative, plus young children look up to them.

Starting a New Year: Why I Embrace Discomfort

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on January 01, 2016 in Acquired Spontaneity
My freedom depends on my willingness to step outside my comfort zone – the habits and beliefs that have been ingrained in me through socialization and trauma.

Attainable New Year's Resolutions

By Kimberly Key on December 31, 2015 in Counseling Keys
The top 2015 list of resolutions were general failures. Here's how to make resolutions that work--and that ultimately make you intrinsically happier. Marilyn Monroe got it.

Exercising Creativity: Four Essential Skills

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on December 31, 2015 in What a Body Knows
It was a simple idea--an Additive Advent Calendar--that proved to be veritable creativity skill-building workout. What does it take to create?

Creativity as a Wellness Practice

Studies show your own authentic self-expression can be a potent agent for wellness. So put down the coloring book and try making creativity a wellness resolution this year.

Who Else Wants to Write a Book in 2016?

By Donna Barstow on December 31, 2015 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Is writing a book one of your goals for the New Year? Four experts have varying ideas on how to start your successful book.

Bedecked & Bejeweled: How Dressing up Increased Creativity

Like magic, the first time I put on a white coat in medical school I became a doctor before my own eyes. Recent research shows it wasn’t magic at work but science.

Make Play Part of a Planned Community Event

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 30, 2015 in Moral Landscapes
Chances are wherever you live in America or around the world your community holds annual events: starting with New Year’s Eve--you can make these play events!

Dance, Sex Appeal & Democracy

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on December 30, 2015 in Jacob's Staff
Popular dance is a powerful metaphor for individualism. How might the sex appeal of pop dance entertainers reflect those changes? How is this reflected in contemporary China?

Paper-Free Life? What Do You Do If You Don't Doodle Anymore?

When I doodle, it's like part of my brain can go outside for recess while the rest of me sits up straighter and pays more attention. Let's hope Googling won't replace doodling.

What's Really Going on in the Psychology of Pinterest

Among all forms of social media, Pinterest is unique. Drawing users into its DIY world, it satisfies our needs for creative expression (and maybe a little narcissism).

A New Mindset for a New Year

Begin the new year with a Renaissance mindset

The Creative Power of Thinking Big

By Drew Boyd on December 27, 2015 in Inside the Box
Generate better ideas by mentally simulating the "down the road" effect of the idea. The bigger the impact you predict, the higher the quality of the idea.

Pushing Play in the Community

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 26, 2015 in Moral Landscapes
The people of Takoma Park work together to make sure it’s a safe place for children to play, reports a 16-year-old player-observer.

Holiday Prison Blues: Easing the Depression thru Art

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on December 24, 2015 in Art on Trial
Depression is pervasive in prison; the holidays can be especially grueling. Here's how and why art therapy can be quite useful in easing these holiday prison blues.

Music, Smell, and Holiday Shopping

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on December 23, 2015 in Your Musical Self
Does it feel like you hear holiday music too early in stores? Research helps explain why.

Try Something Hard

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on December 22, 2015 in Rethinking Thought
Common sense dictates that people choose their careers based on their strongest skills, but that is not what I found.