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Information and inspiration: psychology & creativity. http://talentdevelop.com
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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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How to Stop Your Creative Thinking - The Creative Mind

How to Stop Your Creative Thinking - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Are you waiting for a muse? Are you telling yourself you are not creative?

 

Those are two of the limitations creativity author Michael Michalko addresses in his article The Seven Deadly Sins that Prevent Creative Thinking. Here are two excerpts, with some of my comments.

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Interview with Stephenie Meyer [the "Twilight" novels]

Author Stephenie Meyer has developed a devoted following weaving tales of romance and suspense in her young adult vampire novels. The series started with a dream. "Though I had a million things to do, I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write—something I hadn't done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering."
http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/bio.html

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"I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind." - Emily Bronte (1818-1848). - From my page: Dreamwork.
http://talentdevelop.com/dreamwork.html
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“The things that go on in my head are far more interesting than what actually happens. My fantasies are still very, very strong. … You live a third of your life when you dream. So you may as well live in your dreams — the way you want to be living. The way you want to be. I love lying in darkness.” - From Nicole Kidman – a brief profile of high ability and complexity
http://talentdevelop.com/nicole-kidman-a-brief-profile-of-high-ability-and-complexity/

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Keira Knightley on toxic fame, identity, dyslexia

Keira Knightley on toxic fame, identity, dyslexia | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"I took everything far too seriously. And then on my 25th birthday, I literally had a moment where I was like, 'Oh, it's OK. I'm all right now. It's all right being me.'"

 

'As a young girl struggling with dyslexia, Knightley listened to a handful of books on tape, many of which were historic literary works from authors such as Austen and Charles Dickens...'

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Focusing Your Artist’s Mind | Eric Maisel

Focusing Your Artist’s Mind | Eric Maisel | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"If your mind is 'all over the place' you won’t get much painting done! Let’s look at how you can get a better grip on your artist’s mind.

 

"Are you easily distracted? Probably you think that the things that distract you simply are distractions. But 'distraction' is just a word you yourself have invented for the something that has happened or that is happening. Yes, a truck has rumbled by – but that is only a distraction if you feel inclined to be distracted."

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Related post: Creativity Coach Eric Maisel on Your Life in the Arts

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/09/creativity-coach-eric-maisel-on-your-life-in-the-arts/

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Oliver Sacks, Hallucinations and Creativity - The Creative Mind

Oliver Sacks, Hallucinations and Creativity - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

 

Both naturalistic and out of the ordinary sensory experiences have inspired artistic creation since our cave painting days.

 

In the Introduction to his book on the topic, neurologist Oliver Sacks notes that in the early sixteenth century, the term hallucination meant simply “a wandering mind.”

 

Lewis Carroll may have had the brain conditions micropsia and macropsia, called “Alice in Wonderland Syndrome” – in which people “see objects around them growing or shrinking.” Dr. Sacks notes that Lewis Carroll “had classical migraines”...

 

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We Need Healthy Self Respect to Be More Creative - The Creative Mind

We Need Healthy Self Respect to Be More Creative - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
One way to think about the ideas of self esteem and self concept is in terms of how we compare ourselves to others, which can suffocate our creativity.

 

If you are an actor, for example (or even want to be one), and compare yourself with Meryl Streep or Colin Firth, do you feel energized or deflated – inspired or discouraged?

 

Psychologist Elaine Aron notes that “low self-esteem is about power and influence, the result of rank. Like other social animals, we constantly rank ourselves among others – competing and comparing.”

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Jennifer Lawrence on not taking her characters home with her

Jennifer Lawrence on not taking her characters home with her | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"I don't take any of my characters' pain home with me... I've never been through anything that my characters have been through. And I can't go around looking for roles that are exactly like my life. So I just use my imagination.

 

"If it ever came down to the point where, to make a part better, I had to lose a little bit of my sanity, I wouldn't do it." Jennifer Lawrence ['The Hunger Games', 'Silver Linings Playbook' etc]

But a number of actors say it is hard for them to leave their characters "at the office" - Mariska Hargitay, for example, has talked about finding it hard to “shake off” some of the horrific stories she helps portray on her long-running TV show “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” -- From post: Psychologist Cheryl Arutt on Mental Health and Creative People
http://thecreativemind.net/203/psychologist-cheryl-arutt-on-mental-health-and-creative-people/

 

 

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24 Artists to Watch in 2013: Part 2 of 2 - ARTINFO

24 Artists to Watch in 2013: Part 2 of 2 - ARTINFO | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
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24 Artists to Watch in 2013: Part 2 of 2
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As in past years, Modern Painters presents a list of emerging artists whose work we — and the artist-nominators we've collaborated with — find especially promising.
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» Being Bold Enough To Self-Publish - The Creative Mind

» Being Bold Enough To Self-Publish - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
There are a number of examples of people bold enough to create and publish their own books, often leading to being traditionally published and marketed.
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Some quotes by Lady Gaga

Some quotes by Lady Gaga | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”

“If you dont have any shadows you’re not in the light”

“I’m obsessively opposed to the typical.”

“All that ever holds somebody back, I think, is fear. For a minute I had fear. [Then] I went into the [dressing] room and shot my fear in the face…”

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http://womenandtalent.com/352/lady-gaga-i-dont-see-myself-as-ever-being-like-anybody-else/

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Mental Health and Creative People; Books to Develop Creative Thinking; Jessica Chastain; Eric Maisel programs - Developing Creativity

Mental Health and Creative People; Books to Develop Creative Thinking; Jessica Chastain; Eric Maisel programs - Developing Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Developing Creativity newsletter online - multiple posts

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Jessica Chastain on being sensitive and a loner

Jessica Chastain on being sensitive and a loner | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Acclaimed for her performance in "Zero Dark Thirty" as a CIA analyst named Maya who untiringly pursues Osama bin Laden, Jessica Chastain has talked about some aspects of her personal life that may have helped her create such powerful characters.
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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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Lena Dunham on Creating From “The Parts of Me I Find The Most Shameful” - The Creative Mind

Lena Dunham on Creating From “The Parts of Me I Find The Most Shameful” - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

The acclaimed HBO series “Girls” was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series.

 

I have appreciated the perspectives of creator and star Lena Dunham on being multitalented, and on using many of her “neurotic” qualities (which we all have, after all) for writing about the lives of a group of young women in New York.

In a conversation with actor Claire Danes, Dunham talked about her creative work as actor and writer.

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Traumatic Childhood, Creative Adult - The Creative Mind

Traumatic Childhood, Creative Adult - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Many people have had traumatic childhoods, and are drawn to creative expression as part of their way to deal with it, to heal and regain self esteem.

 

A number of talented actors have suffered traumatic experiences, including Ashley Judd, who was sexually abused; Charlize Theron, as a teen, saw her mother shoot her father in self defense; James Dean lost his mother to cancer when he was nine, and reportedly once told Elizabeth Taylor that he was sexually abused by a minister.

Shia LaBeouf started acting at age 12 to support his mother when his heroin-addicted father abandoned the family.

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Perfectionism and Creative Thinking - The Creative Mind

Perfectionism and Creative Thinking - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Creative expression often demand an obsessive attention to detail, and even a high degree of perfectionism, but it can also become limiting and destructive.

 

Martha Stewart added, “I have proven that being a perfectionist can be profitable and admirable when creating content across the board: in television, books, newspapers, radio, videos… All that content is impeccable.”

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Rodríguez: Hidden Genius

Rodríguez: Hidden Genius | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Many gifted writers, actors, designers, entrepreneurs and other talented people achieve a lot, make notable contributions to the world, and gain recognition. But much larger numbers are not acknowledged by others, or even themselves.
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Kathryn Bigelow, Filmmaker. Period. Creativity With or Without Gender Labels - The Creative Mind

Kathryn Bigelow, Filmmaker. Period. Creativity With or Without Gender Labels - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Gender labels of art and artists can impact how we think of ourselves and others as creative people, even what is possible for us to pursue.

“If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle.” // “A filmmaker is a filmmaker.”

Kathryn Bigelow

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Developing Creativity: Product, People, Process and Press - The Creative Mind

Developing Creativity: Product, People, Process and Press - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

These four P’s of Product, People, Process and environmental Press have been used as frameworks by many creativity researchers and writers. Excerpts from article by Sandeep Gautam.

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Sandra Tsing Loh: “Dare to Disappoint” - The Creative Mind

Sandra Tsing Loh: “Dare to Disappoint” - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

“When I graduated from CalTech with a BS in physics, and went on to English in grad school — in our family, with our values, it was kind of a failure not to go on to your PhD in physics. To go on to a PhD in English was like a failure, because it was a soft topic.”

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Ways to Take A Creative Leap

Ways to Take A Creative Leap | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Your Creative Leap may be taking up a new art form or learning a new language; buffing up your resume and quitting your job, or taking steps to launch that new business.
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Forgetting who you are as a creative person

Forgetting who you are as a creative person | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
In a recent edition of her newsletter, creativity coach Jenna Avery had a thoughtful section on getting distracted away from our identity and creative vision.
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A new You – how to reinvent yourself

A new You – how to reinvent yourself | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"Don’t be let down by criticism - If they criticize, if they don’t get it, that has nothing to do with you. Let it be, and don’t lose sight of the purpose."

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Developing Creative Thinking with Popular Psychology Books - The Creative Mind

Developing Creative Thinking with Popular Psychology Books - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
A number of stimulating books in psychology can provide insights and inspiration for developing creative thinking.

 

For example, in her NY Times article The Power of Concentration, Maria Konnikova reports on a University of Washington study on the effects of meditation training on multitasking.

 

She is author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.

 

According to some research, we can only do or cognitively focus on one thing at a time. That is one of the themes of the PBS presentation based on the book Super Brain, by Rudolph E. Tanzi and Deepak Chopra.

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