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Information and inspiration: psychology & creativity. http://talentdevelop.com
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Roth's Complaint: Elizabeth Gilbert Takes On Philip Roth - Bookish

Roth's Complaint: Elizabeth Gilbert Takes On Philip Roth - Bookish | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"...Because, seriously--is writing really all that difficult? Yes, of course, it is; I know this personally--but is it that much more difficult than other things? Is it more difficult than working in a steel mill, or raising a child alone, or commuting three hours a day to a deeply unsatisfying cubicle job..."

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'Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.’

http://talentdevelop.com/2344/elizabeth-gilbert-on-fear-and-creativity-and-mental-health/

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Relentlessly Being More Creative

Relentlessly Being More Creative | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

To be sure, the intensity of creative pressure does ebb and flow, but like the tide, it always comes back.”

 

That quote from Mary-Elaine Jacobsen in her book “The Gifted Adult” indicates one of the qualities that many high ability, creative people share: the endless need to create.

 

Pearl Buck also commented on this idea, writing: “The truly creative mind [feels] the overpowering necessity to create, create, create..."

 

Director Kathryn Bigelow wrote in praise of her lead actress Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty” about that same urgency:

 

 

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New Developing Creativity newsletter

New Developing Creativity newsletter | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Topics include:

Creativity & Trauma - radio show

Can Trauma Enhance Creativity?

Share your knowledge & get paid

Creative Catalysts by Gail McMeekin

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The Beautiful Brain | Art and Science of the Human Mind : The Beautiful Brain

The Beautiful Brain | Art and Science of the Human Mind : The Beautiful Brain | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
An online magazine exploring the dialogue between the brain sciences and the arts, featuring essays, reviews, galleries, a monthly podcast and more.
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Marta Ockuly's curator insight, January 25, 2013 3:27 PM

I am very interested in creativity and our beautiful brains - hopefully this publication recognizes forms of creativity beyond 'art'.

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New Developing Creativity newsletter

New Developing Creativity newsletter | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Topics include:

Creativity & Trauma radio show [I will be a guest];

Videos by Brendon Burchard;

My new book [photo];

Creative people cross borders

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Book: “The Creative Mind: Identity and Confidence”

Book: “The Creative Mind: Identity and Confidence” | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
This is the first title in my planned Creative Mind series, which explores creative talents and creative expression in terms of personal development and psychology.
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Ariana Amorim's comment, January 16, 2013 7:06 AM
Congrats on your book, Douglas!
Douglas Eby's comment, January 16, 2013 11:43 PM
Thanks very much.
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New edition of the Developing Creativity newsletter

New edition of the Developing Creativity newsletter | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Topics include:

Coach training;

Creativity books & research;

Less stress in business;

New Andrew Solomon book [includes quotes re Josh Bell: photo;

Sensitivity & anxiety;

Creative People Cross Boundaries

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Developing Creativity: Notable Research and Books in 2012 - The Creative Mind

Developing Creativity: Notable Research and Books in 2012 - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Science writer Sam McNerney summarizes a renaissance in creativity in both the lab and the pages of popular books and magazines.
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Being creatively excited is an art in itself

Being creatively excited is an art in itself | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Painter Robert Genn writes: "It's my experience that being creatively excited is an art in itself, often self-generated, and largely a matter of habit. In other words, active and perhaps successful artists are masters of their own dopamine..."

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These comments by Genn remind me of the teachings of Brendon Burchard. Paulo Coelho (New York Times best-selling author of The Alchemist) says "The Charge is an inspiring guide to the one thing we all want: more life in our lives. Brendon Burchard proves that we can harness our emotional drives to feel more alive... I love this book." http://talentdevelop.com/BBTheCharge

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Rosabel Rodríguez's curator insight, January 9, 2013 5:05 AM

These comments by Genn remind me of the teachings of Brendon Burchard. Paulo Coelho (New York Times best-selling author of The Alchemist) says "The Charge is an inspiring guide to the one thing we all want: more life in our lives. Brendon Burchard proves that we can harness our emotional drives to feel more alive... I love this book." http://talentdevelop.com/BBTheCharge

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Confidence and Creating

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What does confidence look like during each stage of the creative process? Failing to manifest confidence at any stage can stall the whole process.

 

By Eric Maisel, PhD

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Should You Write What You Know?

Should You Write What You Know? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
It may be advice often given to writers, but is the idea to "write what you know" always understood, and valuable for creating good work?
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Maybe Gifted Underachievers Are More Creative - The Creative Mind

Maybe Gifted Underachievers Are More Creative - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

“Einstein is a classic example of a highly creative and highly gifted individual that did not do well in traditional school environments.”

 

That is a quote in a research paper by Kyung Hee Kim, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at The College of William and Mary.

 

She thinks “the cause of the underachievement of many gifted and talented students may be their creativity, which tends to clash with traditional school environments."

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Creative Intelligence

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Art and the artist are so thoroughly intertwined that we can’t bear to think of one without the other. For better or worse, we’re going to have to rethink this comfortable little notion.  Machine intelligence is advancing to the point where algorithms have begun to invade the world of culture and the aesthetic.

 

 

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 5, 2013 9:59 PM

Creativity rethought.

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New edition of Developing Creativity newsletter

New edition of Developing Creativity newsletter | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Topics:

Creative People: Personality and Mental Health webinar;

Relentless Creating;

Anger and creativity

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The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.


Via Barbara Kerr
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Maria Konnikova is the author of “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes" http://vsb.li/gobxKL

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, January 28, 2013 1:58 PM

"Until recently, our 20s were considered the point when our brain’s wiring was basically complete. But new evidence suggests that not only can we learn into old age, but the structure of our brains can continue to change and develop."  Good article on why we would want to develop mindfulness.

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Creative Catalysts

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By Gail McMeekin

We know we are creative beings. Yet, we are also well aware that sometimes our creativity stalls, plays tricks on us, or appears to have vanished completely.

It is at those moments that we need to reconnect with our vitality around our creative process or project and leverage our inspirational powers to stimulate our ability to make new connections.

The following tips are meant to arouse your natural creative gifts so you can surmount those obstacles in your journey and achieve maximum potential.

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Anger and creativity

Anger and creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Psychologist Stephen A. Diamond, PhD says that most mature artists "realize the relationship between rage and creativity. It is their rage that, when redirected and channeled into their work, gives it the intensity and passion that performing artists such as actors and actresses seek. Al Pacino's, Robert DeNiro's, Jack Nicholson's and Jessica Lange's work are good examples." [Photo: Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) in TV series "American Horror Story."]

 

 

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Creative People Cross Boundaries – Part 2

Creative People Cross Boundaries – Part 2 | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
How does the intensity, complexity and “border-crossing” of creative people encourage being more creative? Creative people often have personalities and inner experiences that are intense and beyond ordinary in multiple ways.
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Creative People Cross Boundaries - The Creative Mind

Creative People Cross Boundaries - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
As part of their identity, creative people often have personalities and inner experiences that are intense and beyond ordinary in multiple ways.

 

In a post on her Creative Synthesis blog, Lisa Rivero refers to the creative research and writing of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who “studied the lives of over 90 eminent creative producers and thinkers to learn what they had in common.” [One of his books: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.]

 

Rivero notes, “What he found is that the creative personality has no template. Being adaptable is key to using our creativity effectively, so we cannot expect even our own personality to be the same from one creative venture to the next.” I appreciate his ideas on the complexity of the creative personality, such as being “Both extroverted and introverted..."

 

Nicole Kidman travels and speaks globally as an actor, and as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and for UNIFEM, but has said “I am very shy – really shy..."

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Creative People Shouldn’t ‘Tone It Down’

Creative People Shouldn’t ‘Tone It Down’ | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
By Cynthia Morris

"I’ve been accused of being ‘too much’ all my life. Too loud, too fast, too smart, too multi-talented, too audacious. I’ve never been able to live according to that external standard of ‘just right’.

 

It’s the job of the artist and writer to reflect what they see and feel. This expression of their art and talents must be larger than life.

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Hearing in Colors, Tasting Voices: The Experience of Synesthesia - The Creative Mind

Hearing in Colors, Tasting Voices: The Experience of Synesthesia - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
A simple definition of synesthesia is that it is a crosstalk or overlapping of sensory experiences that for most people remain separate. Researchers find a higher proportion of creative people are synesthetes.
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New Developing Creativity newsletter

New Developing Creativity newsletter | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Links to posts on:

Happiness as choice;

Be Exceptional;

Rodríguez;

Eccentricity;

High Sensitivity;

Write What You Know?

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Charlotte Gainsbourg: MRI scans and vulnerability

Charlotte Gainsbourg: MRI scans and vulnerability | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
As part of her recovery from a water-skiing accident and brain surgery, actor and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg was evaluated with MRI scans, which can involve weird mechanical noises up to the intensity of a jet plane taking off.

 

Charlotte Gainsbourg: "I find that when you’re acting you keep secrets to yourself, the work is very much your own and then you show what you need to show, but it’s still very much to do with your own mind. Recording songs is the opposite. You have to expose yourself and make it very, very personal. There’s no disguise. I find the music much more personal."

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Being eccentric and creative - Developing Multiple Talents

Being eccentric and creative - Developing Multiple Talents | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Being eccentric - as many creative people are - can open up our thinking and courage to try out new and different approaches to creative challenges.

 

Photo: Karl Lagerfeld - A profile article notes that in his home there is “a narrow room lined with shelves. On the top of a bureau were perhaps two hundred pairs of fingerless gloves, arranged in neat piles according to color (he explained that he chose the gray pair he’s wearing because of the overcast sky)."

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