Essential Reads

More Music, More Empathy

Could music be an effective way to curb bullying and reduce prejudice?

Why It's Imperative to Teach Entrepreneurship

Empowering young people to craft the lives they dream to live.

This Can Give You the Advantage in Online Dating

How to advertise yourself in online dating

Cognitive Signatures of Creativity and Genius

Deconstructing the creative feats of Nobelists and Pulitzer winners.

Recent Posts on Creativity

How To Write a Healing Poem

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on August 25, 2015 in The Empowerment Diary
For years psychotherapists have been advocating writing healing poems as a way to navigate through difficult times. In doing so, it's important that the poem is written from the heart and not the mind. The best poems begin with an image or a feeling. This blog offers tips on how to write a poem for emerging and established writers.

Abstract Ideas Lead to Real-World Resilience

By Polly Campbell on August 25, 2015 in Imperfect Spirituality
Your ability to bounce back from challenge may be all in your imagination.

More Music, More Empathy

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on August 25, 2015 in Live... In Concert
Music is often called a universal language because it seems to speak to the emotions of disparate groups of people. In this light, some believe music has almost magical powers toward helping people find common ground with others seen as unlike themselves. So is music a uniquely powerful tool in building human empathy?

A Map for Engineering Your Next Innovation [Infographic]

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Innovation You
In my own work strategizing innovation practices for some of the worlds biggest and best companies, I use the Innovation Genome to find this place of positive tension.

Is Obsessive Genius Your Model for Mastery?

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 24, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
Obsession has promise. Obsession is in part what advances our cultures of art-making, solution-making, life-making. But must our risking excellence come at the cost of our humanity?

Is Obsessive Genius Your Model for Mastery?

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 23, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
I know you can get fixated on advancing your book, your business, your brand, your art – your whole business artist life. And you might think you’re not “the real deal” in part because of the images of geniuses you see and read about.

Why It's Imperative to Teach Entrepreneurship

By Tina Seelig on August 21, 2015 in CreativityRulz
Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of them, including working for others, starting their own ventures, and contributing to their communities.

Make It a Happy Start to School: Our Top 10 Secrets

Here are some ideas for parents who want to ease their child’s return to the classroom. There are thoughts on planning ahead, paying close attention, nurturing creativity, being reassuring, making real-world connections, encouraging exploration, supporting good work habits, making time for play, finding a healthy balance, and advocating as needed.

Why Does Overthinking Sabotage the Creative Process?

By Christopher Bergland on August 19, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have identified why overthinking can undermine the creative process.

This Can Give You the Advantage in Online Dating

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on August 19, 2015 in Love, Digitally
Artistic and creative pursuits predict mating success Art, music or humour, are the modern day human equivalent to the peacock’s tail

Find Flow Through a Camera Lens

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 18, 2015 in Creating in Flow
Flow happens when you lose your sense of self, and many artists, including photographers, mean that quite literally.

What Should I Do With My Life?

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on August 18, 2015 in Life Gets Better
This question can give us heartache, whether we are in our twenties or sixties. Having no idea what to do next hurts, even as it might excite us on some level. Whether graduating from college or retiring from a long career, the road ahead may seem intimidating in its blankness. Freedom is supposed to be so desirable, yet its reality is often heavy with perplexing dilemmas.

When the Creativity Researcher Goes Back to Being Creative

By James C Kaufman on August 17, 2015 in And All That Jazz
For half of me, this is a dream come true. I’m revisiting my musical and reworking the script with my director Valeria and rewriting some songs with my composer Michael. The other half of me is feeling impostor syndrome for the first time since grad school – what the hell am I doing?

When Nobody Wants Your Innovation

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 17, 2015 in Innovation You
Everywhere you look, you'll see this wildly contradictory set of desires and feelings toward change. We hate traffic jams, but we refuse to try self-driving cars. We dream of improving the quality and length of our lives, but we're reluctant to tamper with the genetic triggers of a disease.

Exploring the Psychology of Fine Artists in the Digital Age

We are saturated by the media, in the form of advertisements and the Internet selling us unlimited number of programs, supplements, systems, and medications to address this triad. But, what about exposure to the fine arts? Can art influence our psychological and physiological wellness?

Cognitive Signatures of Creativity and Genius

By Kaja Perina on August 14, 2015 in Brainstorm
Dr. Albert Rothenberg articulates cognitive processes that undergird breakthrough discoveries and the most inventive minds.

What Men Owe Their Mothers

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on August 14, 2015 in Listen Up!
Beyond the sentimental stereotypes, there is a deep relationship between men and their mothers. And it can be hard for a man to acknowledge that debt without again feeling like a little boy clustered around a woman's skirt.

Creating Your Soul in Every Moment

If you think of your soul as the essence of “who” you are, then it opens the possibility that you can create this essence just as you create many other aspects of your life: what you do with your life, your values, what you consider virtues, etc. So in contemplating this notion I realized that not only do we create our lives, we also have the ability to create who we are,

4 Creative Ways to Become a Better Manager

By Victor Lipman on August 14, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
To develop managers, we tend to focus on a relatively predictable skill set. These four less expected, creative approaches can help improve management performance. It's not about sensitivity, it's about productivity.

Woody, Again - Irrational Man

By Joan Ullman M.A. on August 13, 2015 in Uncharted Customs
The talented Woody Allen has entertained fans with a new film each year for nearly half a century. But just when his career is at its prime, the reprisal of old, denied, and never proved molestation charges by his still bitter ex-lover Mia Farrow and company has left his personal reputation newly tarnished, and threatens to dent the box office appeal of his films.

The Creativity Crisis and What You Can Do About It

By Jason Powers M.D. on August 13, 2015 in Beyond Abstinence
The creativity crisis has clear ramifications as our world grows more complex. An IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the most crucial factor for future success. In fact, creativity is now seen as more important than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision. Part of maintaining a healthy, creative climate is avoiding addictive behaviors.

How to Navigate the Perils of Creative Success

The case for magic, fairies, and gratitude

Jung’s Scarab as a Psychotherapeutic Technique

Jung’s patient described her dream of a golden scarab as Jung tried to break through her rigid rationality. As he fervently hoped for the unexpected, he responded to a tapping sound at his window and produced the world’s best known synchronicity.

9 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Chances For Success

Many new parents may be too busy to realize it, but Tovah Klein of Columbia University argues that “the ages from two to five are crucial for your child’s long-term healthy development and success—for laying the foundation of who they will become over time.” Here are 9 ways to improve your child's chances for success from "the toddler whisperer."

Countering Sad Artist Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 12, 2015 in How To Do Life
Artistic people have reason for malaise but there are solutions.

The Intuitive Parent

The Intuitive Parent: Finding your own parent style while tuning in to your child

Learn More About "Nothing"

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 11, 2015 in Creating in Flow
If you're a fan of playful philosophical exploration, a little-known series of talks on DVD is sure to provide creative inspiration.

The Three Realities of Innovators

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 10, 2015 in Innovation You
Innovators do not work alone. They may start with a vision, but it takes a team of people to turn that vision into something bigger.

How Does Your Giftedness Affect Your Career?

With today’s emphasis on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the workplace shouldn’t being gifted be an advantage? The simple answer is “yes”-- but it’s not that simple.

Top 3 Tips for “Fantasy-Prone” Writers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 08, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
The so-called fantasy-prone person is actually a repository of hidden talents.