Essential Reads

Are Creativity and Madness Written Together in Your Genes?

By Garth Sundem on May 04, 2016 in Brain Trust
A study in Nature Neuroscience shows that creativity and madness may share the same genetic underpinnings.

What We Can Learn From a Traveling, Talking, Mime

Master storyteller, Bill Bowers, shows us how to make the invisible visible in his new solo show about traveling the world as a mime who talks.

Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Ironically and tragically, rather than adapt our educational system to the needs of our modern times we have doubled down on the old system, so it is ...

What Makes for a "Happy School?"

It's a simple idea, really. Children learn when they're happy. And they're happy when they have control over what and how they learn. Meet Sugata Mitra, who makes it happen.

More Posts on Creativity

Why Weirdos Win

Have you ever been called “weird,” “crazy” or “strange”? Well, fear not, fellow weirdos: There is hope.

Who Dares Speak Honestly About Unbelief?

Being an activist for a popular cause is easy. Speaking up for a cause that by its nature offends many people takes courage. Some new books tell the truth about atheism.

Original Voices: Snapshots of Homelessness, Hope, and Faith

By Jennifer Haupt on May 02, 2016 One True Thing
"Original Voices" is the perfect title for this collection of poems, essays and wonderings, written by homeless women in Seattle.

What Is Passion? Part 2

By Lybi Ma on May 02, 2016 Brainstorm
Guest Post by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

Lie Detection Puzzles

Have you ever wondered how the great fictional detectives reasoned to identify a culprit? These puzzles provide insight into their thought processes.

What Is Passion? Part 1

By Lybi Ma on May 02, 2016 Brainstorm
Guest Post by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

Corner Flags, Constraints, and Creativity

Sometimes what we see as blocking our way can be just what we need to creatively guide us forward

Prince Or His Music: Which Will You Miss More?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 Trouble in Mind
Steven Pinker famously said that music was simply “auditory cheesecake,” a pleasurable activity with no useful or adaptive qualities. Prince fans may not agree!

Corinna West on Poetry for Personal Power

The future of mental health interview series continues with Corinna West on the organization Poetry for Personal Power.

Less Than Perfect Is Just Fine

By Susan Hooper on April 28, 2016 Detours and Tangents
In any creative endeavor, how does one strive for perfection while not being paralyzed or defeated by the knowledge that perfection is unattainable?

Green It Is!

Green up your life. It'll be good for your body and your mind.

Sascha DuBrul on Navigating Between Brilliance and Madness

The future of mental health interview series continues with Sascha DuBrul on navigating between brilliance and madness and the Icarus Project.

Cultivating a Passion for Prevention

The mass of evidence suggests that changes in the habits and habitats of people are much more important than biomedical interventions in shaping the health of populations.

Launching Into Multi-Dimensional Thinking

Can we tap into "three-dimensional" thinking?

Becca Atkins on Artreach Inc. and Shedding Diagnostic Labels

The future of mental health interview series continues with Becca Atkins on Artreach Inc. and shedding diagnostic labels.

My Boss Stole My Idea

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on April 23, 2016 Critical Feeling
You presented an idea. Nobody listened. In a meeting three weeks later, your boss suddenly bursts out, “I have an idea!” It is your idea …

Judith Schlesinger on Creative Genius and the Insanity Hoax

The future of mental health interview series continues with Judith Schlesinger on creative genius and The Insanity Hoax.

Mindfulness in the Museum

Can we look at paintings the way we watch TV?

Bones, Blood and Bodies

Podcasts from experts in forensic science and law enforcement assist crime writers to learn details of the disciplines.

Visual Journaling as a Reflective Practice

The practice of visual journaling can be a powerful container for life’s more difficult experiences and transitions, self-care and meaning-making. Start your journaling here.

4/20/16: Now That It's Nearly Normal...

By Eliezer Sobel on April 19, 2016 The 99th Monkey
I certainly hope the rest of you have a great time, if and when widespread legalization comes to pass. And I’ll be really sorry to miss the party.

Belief and Nature’s Resilience

Spring cleaning can signal a time of personal renewal.

10 Puzzles to Challenge Your Word and Number Sense

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on April 17, 2016 Brain Workout
Word searches are fun. If they are number words, which can be found only by solving number riddles, the challenge and fun are increased.

Defining and Debunking Assertions About Creativity

Is everyone creative? Can you learn to be (a lot) more creative? Are creativity people odd or difficult?

ADHD and the Rock Star Gene

Adam Levine,, Justin Timberlake, and Solange Knowles have spoken publicly about their ADHD. Can ADHD be a gift?

Why You Shouldn't Ask "What's It About?"

When you ask about a novel, 'What's it about?" you risk missing a chance to be surprised. It's not what, but how things happen, that makes all the difference.

The Importance of Kindness in Science

Buz Hunt showed the importance of kindness and thoughtfulness in science, and why some, perhaps more than others, might leave much more than a scientific legacy.

Art Therapist: Ambassador in the Prison Subculture

To provide care within the primitive prison subculture, the art therapist must act as an ambassador and compromise with the foreign dynamics—the trick is to not appear to do so.

The Secret to Writing Transformative Poetry

For years, poetry has been used as part of therapeutic practice. The beauty of poetry is that it succinctly helps us get in touch with our innermost feelings with words and images.