Essential Reads

Do Generations Exist?

Are generations caricatures or are they drivers of social and cultural change?

Four Reasons to Worry About "Personalized Learning"

Personalized is to personal as sentimentality is to sentiment

Traveling Through Time

And why we do it every day.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

8 Negative Thoughts of Chronically Unhappy People

Recent Posts on Creativity

What's Your Leadership Style?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on December 12, 2014 in Fixing Families
A look at healthy and unhealthy styles of leadership whether it be head of the PTO, a company, a middle manager, even a parent. Time to fill in the gaps.

Top Five New Years’ Resolutions - The Wisdom of Taxi Drivers

By Ran Zilca on December 12, 2014 in Confessions of a Techie
And always remember: a taxi ride can be a unique opportunity to take a step back and reflect, especially if you are guided by the right driver.

Art in Prison-A Parisian Event

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on December 11, 2014 in Art on Trial
What happens when a German prison chaplain, a British CEO of a non-profit organization, a French Sociologist and an American art therapist are brought together in Paris, France by a former banker and his wife, co-directors/producers of documentary films? You get a lively and informative discussion on the value of Art in Prison. Obviously.

Modern Marriage

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W. on December 11, 2014 in Quite Queerly
We can use the imagination and the will to adapt that allowed us to claim meaningful partnerships in the face of adversity--and against all odds--to remain awake, alive, and engaged with our spouses, well beyond our wedding days.

Medicating When It Is Not Needed

By Richard Taite on December 11, 2014 in Ending Addiction for Good
Sadly, many of the brightest, most creative children are misdiagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders such as ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder or OCD. As a result, many often receive medication needlessly along with inappropriate and ineffective counseling.

Up and Away Part II: The Nitty Gritty of Jet Lag Management

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on December 11, 2014 in Chronotherapy
Jet lag can ruin a vacation or business trip. Some travelers are more vulnerable than others. Major factors are east/west direction and number of time zones crossed. In Part I, Dr. Oren pointed to circadian rhythms disrupted by the sudden shift in the light-dark cycle. Here he points also to activity and rest patterns, and offers a program to minimize ill effects.

Why You Gave that Awful Present

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on December 10, 2014 in The Why Behind the Buy
We’ve all suffered through that awkward silence at least once, the one that comes right after someone opens the holiday gift you’ve selected for them that’s somehow not quite right. Here's where well-intentioned gift-givers go wrong.

Why Riding the Wave of Discomfort Is Good for You

By Tim Leberecht on December 09, 2014 in The Romance of Work
We do our best to create cushy comfort zones for ourselves through the cars we drive, the homes we live in, and the places we work. But by resisting discomfort, we deny ourselves an important opportunity: the chance to shake ourselves out of our predictable perspectives and allow ourselves to make astute observations we could not possibly have made before.

How Valid Is Evolutionary Psychology?

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on December 09, 2014 in Out of the Darkness
How valid are the assumptions evolutionary psychologists make about prehistoric human life, and about 'human nature'? Perhaps evolutionary psychology is appealing because it offers a simple explanation of a wide variety of human behaviors, and because its narrative of competitiveness and individualism fits with the values of our culture.

Galway Kinnell and the Eating of Oatmeal

Poet Galway Kinnell was one of those rare and serious talents who come along only once or twice in a generation. And yet he was not above a certain down-to-earth whimsy tied to the playful invention of imagined people and places.

About Bill Cosby: Why Did the Women Wait So Long?

By Judy Carter on December 09, 2014 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Many people are questioning the truthfulness of the women accusing Cosby of rape asking, "Why did these women wait so long to come forward?” Here's why I can can understand their reluctance...

Story, Memory, and Trauma

By Sheila Kohler on December 09, 2014 in Dreaming for Freud
How important is it to be able to tell our story?

Why Teaching Math in Schools Is Counterproductive

By Rod Judkins MA, RCA on December 09, 2014 in Connect to Creativity
Research shows that teaching maths to early years in schools is a waste of time. Yet governments and schools persist with their outdated curriculums.

How to Do More With Less

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on December 08, 2014 in Innovation You
In our age where big data reigns, it's easier than ever to find out what's going wrong. And it's just as easy to quickly model the things that we can do to fix these mistakes. Innovation doesn't always have to be radical.

Six Strategies on How to Rise to the Top in Any Field

Here are six tips from advertising legend David Ogilvy on how to rise to the top in any field.

5 Ways to Thrive During the Holidays

Yes it’s that time of year again, the season to be jolly. So why might you be starting to feel a creeping sense of anxiety and even a little bit of dread? Discover 5 ways you can consistently flourish during the holidays - no matter who you're spending them with.

Resourceful Resilience

By Judith Coche Ph.D., ABPP on December 07, 2014 in No Ordinary Life
Research on resilience indicates key strengths in bouncing back after life does a number on us. The Morrows provide inspiration for how we can grow after tragedy despite our sorrow.

How to Communicate with Difficult Seniors and Older Adults

Do you know a difficult older adult in your life? Higher standards of living and medical advancements are extending life expectancies in many countries to well above the age of eighty. Caring for, and having successful relationships with older adults often requires unique communication skills and strategies. Here are six keys for successful communication with seniors...

Mathematics–Queen of the Sciences

..the universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine. – Sir James Jeans (1877–1946)

Top 10 Things I Learned from Successful Writers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on December 06, 2014 in Shadow Boxing
After many years as a writer, mingling with other writers, I look back on advice I've received from them, good and bad.

Our Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To … AT&T?

AT&T's size and success belie the fact that it is inefficient and does illegal things, including disposing of e-waste. We need to rethink how we deal with such corporate giants.

When It Really Is All About You

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 05, 2014 in Creating in Flow
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think their lives are too ordinary to fill a book, and those who understand that any life, carefully observed, can be the subject of a compelling memoir. Before you get too excited, learn more about the process.

Just How Dark Is Your Dark Side?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on December 05, 2014 in Evolution of the Self
When we talk about our dark side, we’re generally calling attention to our most aggressive, or lustful, anti-social instincts. Acting out impulses that would disrupt others’ lives—if not downright decimate them. But what I’d like to suggest is that our darkest fantasies might not be anywhere as demonic as typically supposed.

Prediction: Religion Will Become Just Another Good Hobby

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 05, 2014 in Ambigamy
Both a prediction and a wish: That we find appropriate respect for religion in treating it as one of many healthy avocations.

We Got Rhythm, We Got Music (Three Viral Videos)

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on December 05, 2014 in What Shapes Film?
If you're a fan of the "7 Up" films, which tracks the lives of fourteen people every seven years, you might be as enchanted as I was by these three videos of twin girls who were filmed every August for three years - as they listened to their Daddy playing guitar. (The last one was released just a few months ago).

The Search for Utopia

Humans have always sought to create utopian alternatives to the dysfunctional societies that prevail - is this a delusional activity or not?

How to Be Alone: 14 Quips and Tips

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 05, 2014 in Living Single
I wasn't so sure I would appreciate a book called "How to Be Alone" – I love my solitude and hardly need lessons. It turns out, though, that Sara Maitland's book is filled with great insights and perspectives. Here are a few of my favorites.

Recognizing Autism and Emotion in Brain Scans

By John Elder Robison on December 04, 2014 in My Life With Asperger's
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are on the cusp of reading minds, as they use a sophisticated MRI scanner to read and recognize emotions in subject's minds with striking accuracy. Even more significantly, they separate autistic from non-autistic subjects with 97% accuracy with nothing more than a few minutes in a scanner.

Why Does Physical Inactivity Drain Human Brain Power?

By Christopher Bergland on December 04, 2014 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscience has confirmed that physical activity boosts brain power. On the flip side, being physically inactive drains brain power. Why does physical inactivity drain human brain power?

How to Find Creative Insights at Work

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on December 04, 2014 in Glue
Sometimes dogged persistence can actually backfire. Here's what you should do instead.