Essential Reads

Finding Truth and Authenticity in an Age of Irony

Blending irony and sincerity is essential to an ethical vision.

Open Source Innovation: What's In and What's Out

The new open source landscape is a vastly fertile one

Simple, Everyday Actions That Support Mental Health

Elena Greco on mental health and community support

Want to Know What Constitutes Play?

First try asking what play isn’t

Recent Posts on Creativity

Sex After 50 Can Be the Best of Your Life

By Michael Castleman M.A. on February 15, 2015 in All About Sex
Older lovers can have great sex—by turning intercourse into "outercourse."

Creativity and Multicultural Experiences

In a recent study, children whose parents were born in different countries were generally more creative than children whose parents were born in the same country. The mystery is why.

Keep Your Office Humming by Keeping Employees Engaged

It's hard to find time for things at work that don't demand instant attention. Nurturing your workforce is one of the most difficult, but it can pay dividends if you do it right, and kill your organization is you don't.

Why Do We Dream?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on February 13, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Many scientists studying sleep and dreams believe that dreaming does have a purpose.

Physics and Poetry: A Polymath’s Creative Strategy

Where do successful individuals find inspiration and energy to do the things they do? Some may harbor their forces, focused on a single passion. Yet others take on multiple problems or even multiple careers. What? They let a hobby eat up their time? They split their energies between two careers? How does that enable success?

Your Dark Side’s Upside

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 12, 2015 in How To Do Life
Why you might add some societally discouraged behaviors to your toolkit.

Joni Mitchell on New York Magazine: Is The Photo Disturbing?

I hope to see my idols looking and sounding as if they are enjoying themselves as they reach the season of harvest (not so very far away from any of us). That's what I long for but very rarely see.

9 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Workplace Romance

Flirtation, sex, and love might be tempting when you and a colleague share a mutual attraction. But is it a good idea?

The Science of Raising Happily Productive Kids: A Podcast

Intelligence and creativity are controversial topics, with expert opinion ranging widely in a number of directions. In this podcast, Scott Barry Kaufman and I discuss some of these controversies. In response to his thoughtful questions, I provide some practical suggestions for parents and teachers who want to support kids in living happily productive lives.

Feeling Powerful vs. Being Powerful

Most anger and resentment are attempts to feel powerful at the cost of being powerful.

The Catch-Phrase Technique

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 11, 2015 in A Sideways View
People often won't tell you what really motivates them. Many can't tell you because they do not have insight into their motives. Over the years, psychologist have tried to invent simple and efficient techniques that assess what people really think. One such is the catch-phrase technique.

7 Tips for Getting Booked on TV Talk Shows

By Judy Carter on February 10, 2015 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Want to REALLY get your career moving? Here are seven insider tips to get you booked on national TV as an expert.

Feminist Pedagogy in the Classroom

By APA Division 15 on February 10, 2015 in PsychEd
One way to integrate critical thinking into classrooms is through feminist teaching. But, what is feminist teaching? How can educators use feminist teaching as a means to bring critical thinking to classrooms?

The Celestine Prophecy

By The Book Brigade on February 10, 2015 in The Author Speaks
We all start off as nonbelievers, says James Redfield. But if we open ourselves to the spirituality just below the surface of our everyday challenges, interesting things start to happen. We become more intuitive. And we get luckier.

Why You Should Have More Workplace Accidents

Accidents will help you survive and thrive at work.

Same Sex Marriage Has Opened Doors for All of US

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W. on February 09, 2015 in Quite Queerly
The new paradigm of marriage explodes restrictive categories and in their place offers greater freedom for both gay and straight couples.

Film Analysis of Birdman

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on February 08, 2015 in Get Hardy
It's Riggan Thomson’s (Michael Keaton) last act so to speak. This former cinema superhero is mounting an ambitious Broadway production hoping to breathe new life into his stagnant career. He wants something real, to be known for more than the superhero. Although Birdman is called a black comedy, there's little funny about Riggan's journey of crisis and transformation.

Creativity in Centerfield

By Albert Rothenberg on February 08, 2015 in Creative Explorations
This is an account of authentic creativity in the everyday sport of baseball. Joe Dimaggio's creative catching in the outfield is illustrated

Mission to Meet our Makers: A Review of Prometheus, Part 1

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in Intersections
Being human: Michael Fassbender's David grasping our place in the universe.

Anxious Parents Helped by “World’s Worst Mom”

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in Moral Landscapes
Lenore Skenazy was called a bad mother when she let her 9-year old son ride the NY subway alone. Now she hosts a TV show to help parents become more like her.

Movies with Movies in Mind: Games Filmmakers Play

What happens when the movie's magic spell is broken?

Creativity’s Monsters: Making Friends with Complexity

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on February 08, 2015 in Creative Synthesis
Creativity is about more than what time you wake up or what apps are on your phone. Being more creative requires us to be open to all the voices in our heads, even—or especially—the crazy ones.

The Cost of Efficiency: Unlearning

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in Jacob's Staff
Conventional education teaches us be as efficient as possible. How useful is this training in dealing with the dynamic uncertainty and complexity of 21st Century challenges? Why do so many companies complain that young people are unable to solve real problems? How can we change the current mindset that is focused on being efficient but turns out to be unproductive?

The Silver Lining Around Fearful Living

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on February 07, 2015 in Mindbloggling
One good thing about fear, other than it stops you from doing stupid, dangerous stuff, is that can hold you back from learning the facts inside out, which may help keep that creatively inspiring sense of wonder and possibility alive.

Looking For Approval In All The Wrong Places?

To heal means “to make whole” and unless we come to terms with our brokenness, we can’t experience ourselves as whole. When we regain the experience of wholeness we become more able to trust the validity of our own experience even when others opinions contradict it.

Recipes for Creative Genius

Here’s why the top 5 mental focus hacks might not be working for you.

Can Other People Make You Less Creative?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on February 06, 2015 in Mindbloggling
Do you sometimes feel more creative when you are alone? Though it is widely believed that stimulating environments enhance creativity this is not always the case. People may send out social signals to each other to conform, thereby ensuring that creativity--the process that fuels cultural novelty--is balanced by conformity--the process that perpetuates successful novelty.

Ambitunity: Ambition Plus Opportunity Yields Trailblazers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 06, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
An early Irish detective saw the value of science for investigation. Ignoring resistance, he established one of the world's top murder squads.

Seven Healthy Obsessions

By Jennifer Haupt on February 06, 2015 in One True Thing
Cooking has always been celebrity chef Jesse Schenker's first passion and true "addiction." After getting out of jail, he flipped the switch and put the same tenacity and passion that he had for drugs into his cooking. Here are some of his other healthy habits he's become addicted to.

Mindfulness and Acting

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on February 05, 2015 in The Mind On Stage
We often ask "but what is acting" or "what are actors actually doing?" Perhaps the answer is "being mindful".