The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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The world of creativity—with a twist of rationality
Susan K Perry Ph.D.
Staying connected as a family can be a challenge when parents and children are all involved in their own activities. Here are 13 fresh ways to stay emotionally close.
Joint Chinese/American research team finds that flow activities increase well-being and reduce the worry of quarantine.
Many married couples have fantasized about trying an open marriage. Novelist Matthew Norman lets readers explore it vicariously, without danger.
When we seek to love and connect, we are motivated by many drives—some of which we are unaware.
Were Lyme ticks really considered for use as bioweapons by the U.S.?
Everyone dies, but many of us would like to deny that hard-to-face reality. Can you cure your dread of death? See what researchers have found.
In a frank and fun interview, mystery writer C. Hope Clark discusses the challenges of "making it," plus strategies for stronger writing.
When it comes to brainstorming, quantity is quality. Encourage creativity by teaching children to think up multiple answers to almost any question.
Real smiles start at about three months old, and at every age, parents can enhance their kids' ability to enjoy the funny side of life. It's the best gift you can give them.
No so long ago, a witch hunt for writers connected to the Communist party ruined lives and careers. A new novel explores families' reactions to those ethical quandaries.
Many of us use or misuse the same words over and over. At times those words don't mean what we think they mean. Here is some help with that.
We make social judgments of other people all the time. We have to. We also make attribution errors, which means our judgments are often not accurate. Here's how to do better.
Do you wonder what the point of life is? Those who do not accept the comforting notion of a benevolent God may be disturbed by the idea of an uncaring universe. Don't be.
Do you know someone who is angry a lot? Here are six psychology-based reflections on the irrationality of anger, with hints for overcoming irritation and finding serenity.
Neatniks and their more casual mates both suffer from their differences. Here's how to put everyday annoying habits into perspective, before it's too late.
With writing, working harder can mean more joy. The late Donald Hall described his writing process and how he entered poems to make time stop, every day.
For fans of the flow state, that lovely and rewarding zone in which so much creative work happens, here is the rest of my interview with poet Stephen Perry.
Published here for the first time, this interview with poet Stephen G. Perry offers incredible details about what flow feels like from the inside.
Some people keep a sparse tidy home. Most don't, and they consume numerous books about decluttering. Swedish Death Cleaning makes more sense than many.
Famed author Ursula K. Le Guin had strong feelings about writing in a flow state and whether or not writer's block even exists. She shared them when I interviewed her.
What if it's NOT "all good"? You can learn to restructure your thinking and experience small amounts of gratitude on even the darkest days. Consider these strategies.
You can learn a lot from reading good writers. One such is Ashley Hay, whose new book is A Hundred Small Lessons. Here's our Q&A.
It's no mystery that Sue Grafton loved to write. The joy of being in flow is one reason why, as she explained in this interview.
One woman's sex dream is another's nightmare. But such dreams may tell you something about your real life, both in and out of bed.
My husband of 34 years died recently. Unprepared for the reality of terrible loss, I learned how to grieve like everyone does: the hard way. Here are 12 lessons....
Here is some creatively inspiring advice from writers and poets to help you find your own sense of flow.
You have big artistic aspirations. Knowing what and who to ask can help make your vision a reality, with some fine-tuning.
When the bad guy pops into your head and demands a novel, what can you do? That's easy. You write from the point of view of a narcissist.
Writing about loss can change your life in a positive way. Consider the five stages to writing and healing as explained in this guest post by Sandra Marinella.
Finish your novel or memoir with the help of book doctor Dinty W. Moore's six easy-to-identify missteps beginning writers often make.
Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and author. Her current focus is on the creative aspects of rationality and atheism.