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Information and inspiration: psychology & creativity. http://talentdevelop.com
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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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Developing Creative Thinking with Popular Psychology Books

Developing Creative Thinking with Popular Psychology Books | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
A number of stimulating, even provocative, books in psychology can provide inspiration and insights into developing creative thinking. Here are a few examples.
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Talented and insecure - Developing Multiple Talents

Talented and insecure - Developing Multiple Talents | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Many highly talented and creative people talk about being self-critical, with low self-esteem, often doubting themselves and having low confidence.

John Lennon said, "Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.”
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Developing Creativity posts & sites

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to live a creative life - By Brené Brown

to live a creative life - By Brené Brown | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

By Brené Brown, Ph.D. "Before my research on wholeheartedness (and before the 2007 breakdown spiritual awakening), I was completely disconnected from my creativity. My disconnection took the form of judgment, resentment, and fear: "A-R-T - how nice. I have a J-O-B - I'm doing real work."  "I'm not the creative type."... Today, I'm reconnected with my creativity and it's transforming every part of my life."

 

Her book is The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. http://vsb.li/eo39hx

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Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking

Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Think Jar Collective: "The new RSA animate video, The Power of Outrospection is quite thought provoking and has gotten me thinking about all kinds of links between empathy and creativity.In the video, philosopher Roman Krznaric explores the idea that we live in a time that demands more empathic adventurers in all aspects of life. Empathy not just so we act better towards others, but also because it helps us create better innovations, services and quality of life. I was struck by the video because I think there is something in the zeitgeist these days that highlights the importance of empathy for creating."

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Too much pursuit of happiness?

Too much pursuit of happiness? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"I believe the ultimate aim of all human beings is to obtain happiness and a sense of fulfillment." The Dalai Lama

 

"The effort to try and feel happy is often precisely the thing that makes us miserable." Oliver Burkeman.

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Tama Kieves on inspired desire and new directions

Tama Kieves on inspired desire and new directions | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Tama Kieves chose to move from a path that had gained her many rewards, but at great spiritual cost because she was denying her creative passions.
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Finding Passion, Living Passion « SENG

Finding Passion, Living Passion « SENG | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

By Sheri Plybon. Each week on the television show Shark Tank, several innovators bring their products to the “sharks” to ask for funding or other entrepreneurial assistance. Knowing oneself is key in this situation. It begins with resilience to get this far but then includes confidence to go further and let someone else who is more knowledgeable in business take the idea. We tend to hold our ideas so closely and identify with our inventions, and the key is “knowing” that if I did this before, I can do it again. Innovation is a learned process, but the drive and the passion are inherently personal.

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New Videogame Lets Amateur Researchers Mess With RNA | Wired Science | Wired.com

New Videogame Lets Amateur Researchers Mess With RNA | Wired Science | Wired.com | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

 

Jessica Fournier has a job that makes poor use of her talents. She spends her days stocking sneakers at a warehouse outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. A decade ago she was an astrophysics student at Michigan State University, where she coauthored a paper on RR Lyrae, a low-mass star that pulsates light. But having failed to secure long-term employment in her arcane field, today she pays her bills by cataloging shoe sizes.

 

She may have given up astrophysics, but Fournier still has a deep love of science. As soon as she gets home from work each night, she boots up her Asus laptop and begins what she calls “my second job”: designing molecules of ribonucleic acid—RNA—that have the power to build proteins or regulate genes. It is a job that she happens to perform better than almost anyone else on earth.

 

Under the fitting nickname “starryjess,” Fournier is the world’s second-ranked player of EteRNA, an online game with more than 38,000 registered users.

 

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Berenice Marlohe ('Skyfall') "too much personality"

Berenice Marlohe ('Skyfall') "too much personality" | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

French actress Bérénice Marlohe (Sévérine opposite Daniel Craig 's 007 in "Skyfall")... 'was told time and again [by casting agents, producers and directors in Europe] she didn't have what it takes to become a movie star. "They would tell me you are too tall compared to the actors or you have too much personality. The producers and director of a movie actually loved my work, but they told me it is not good to have too much presence compared to the main actress, so we will not hire you. I didn't agree with the system."'

 

'In a phone interview, Craig said Marlohe "brought a huge amount of depth to what is essentially a very small part. She gave her an awful lot of history in the way she played it. It makes it easy for me to act against and just much richer for an audience to watch."'

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Related post: Creative People Shouldn’t ‘Tone It Down’ - By Cynthia Morris -- "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." http://talentdevelop.com/4634/creative-people-shouldnt-tone-it-down/

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Renaissance revival : Resident seeks to fulfill the lives of artistic adults with challenges

Renaissance revival : Resident seeks to fulfill the lives of artistic adults with challenges | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

The source of inspiration can come from a variety of things. For Los Altos resident Phil Shemanski, it came from his profound love for his 21-year-old autistic daughter, Naomi.

Realizing the limited employment opportunities for his daughter, Shemanski recently founded Renewing the Renaissance, a for-profit company that employs artistically gifted, high-functioning adults with autism and other medical and executive functioning challenges.

http://renewingtherenaissance.com/

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'Flight': Screenwriter John Gatins confronts his fears

'Flight': Screenwriter John Gatins confronts his fears | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

John Gatins is the screenwriter of the movie "Flight." - "Gatins didn't start writing until he was 26 and newly sober. Years of slogging around Hollywood as a struggling actor had already taken their toll on the confident Vassar graduate. The answer to his boredom came from living fast and reckless."

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Part of this exciting, engaging movie is the story of main characters played by Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly facing their addictions - which is so important for people to do, so they can really access their creative talents. The movie features the 12 Step/AA approach, which does not work for many people.

See my article Gifted and Talented, Drugs and Alcohol

http://talentdevelop.com/3212/

which has links to resources including Habit Doc - Psychologist Marc Kern provides an "Effective Alternative to AA."

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Think Jar Collective: Content on enhancing creativity

Think Jar Collective: Content on enhancing creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Think Jar Collective has articles and content on enhancing creativity, creative thinking, and innovation culture.

We now have a fresh new look and user interface that makes finding relevant articles, interviews and tools on creativity and innovation easier.





Check it out, sing up for weekly posts at the bottom of the page and also like our FB page for unique content that we don't always post on the site.
All the best from Think Jar Collective

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Support Group | | Eric Maisel

Support Group | | Eric Maisel | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
"Join Eric Maisel’s creative support group! The creative support group is perfect for writers, visual artists, musicians, creative and performing artists in any discipline, and anyone who would like to meet the challenges of the creative life and manifest his or her creativity more regularly, more deeply, and more often."
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Another program: Your Best Life in the Arts - Course by Eric Maisel, PhD, available for immediate download - "You’ll learn to identify the challenges that confront you as an artist—and what to do about them...silence negative self-talk, create and cultivate productive obsessions, institute a regular creativity practice, more effectively meet the marketplace, and more."
http://www.entheosacademy.com/course/Your-Best-Life-in-the-Arts?&c=deby
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Books To Be More Creative - Developing Creativity

Books To Be More Creative - Developing Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
These are some titles I have read or am reading, plus others that have made best seller lists such as Self-help/Creativity on Amazon.com. Enjoy.

[Photo: Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn.” Both actors read widely.]
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Motherhood and creative work - Developing Multiple Talents

Motherhood and creative work - Developing Multiple Talents | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
“I’d be in the middle of a sentence and someone needed to go to mall for new shoes, so the sentence would be lost.”

That is a quote by Amy Bloom, who has worked as a psychotherapist, taught at Yale University, and is Wesleyan University’s Writer-in-Residence.

Quoted in the "Motherhood and creative work" section of my book "Developing Multiple Talents: The personal side of creative expression." http://t.co/KqYN0ORZ
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New Developing Creativity newsletter

New Developing Creativity newsletter | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

New edition of Developing Creativity newsletter:

The Gifted Introvert; Too much pursuit of happiness?; Confidence; Gender labels - Developing Creativity

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Boost Creativity with Electric Brain Stimulation: Scientific American

Boost Creativity with Electric Brain Stimulation: Scientific American | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

People with savant syndrome, who possess great skill in specific areas, seem to have a more literal, less filtered cognitive style than most people.A savant may have dysfunction in the normally dominant left hemisphere of the brain, which the right hemisphere compensates for.Using noninvasive brain stimulation, scientists are attempting to induce this pattern of brain activity, so as to produce a less filtered cognitive style and to access a different way of looking at a given problem.

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Related post: Allan Snyder on savant syndrome and creativity

http://talentdevelop.com/2678/

 

 

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YouTube gets its Space in place

YouTube gets its Space in place | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Near the Spruce Goose's former nesting spot in Playa Vista is now a state-of-the-art studio and creativity incubator where online video content gets off the ground.

YouTube has converted the 41,000-square-foot hangar into a state-of-the-art digital production facility...This wealth of resources is available — for free — to YouTube's creators.

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Related: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Collective Creation - about hitRECord.org, his online production company that shares profits with contributing artists.
http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/12/joseph-gordon-levitt-on-collective-creation/

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ARTinED - A new approach to education using the arts

ARTinED - A new approach to education using the arts | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

A new approach to education using the arts’, is a European Union funded education project that is designing innovative methodologies to add creativity in to schools through the arts, as a key component of every school subject. European education has a critical need to find a way to weave creativity in to every aspect of the school curriculum, to not squeeze or under-utilize the arts as a key tool of nurturing creativity but to bring creativity through artistic expression in to every subject.

The arts play a fundamental role to support a student’s creative abilities, self-expression and learning abilities. They are a necessary tool especially when not thought as separate subjects but integrated throughout the curriculum. For example, dance in mathematics, drawing in history, music in languages etc.

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How Teachers are Boosting Creativity

How Teachers are Boosting Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Students need opportunities to explore, discover, and use their imagination. Let's take a look at how creativity is being fostered in schools today.
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Jonathan Adler: Keep Other People's Opinions Out Of Your Creative Process

Jonathan Adler: Keep Other People's Opinions Out Of Your Creative Process | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
I wanted to follow my heart and not be strategic and throw all preconceived ideas away, says Jonathan Adler in this talk about ignoring other people's opinions and charting your own path to creative fulfillment.

From the video description: "Jonathan Adler is now synonymous with the irreverent designs -- pottery, housewares, furniture and beyond -- that he sells around the world...Adler preaches that we should keep other people's opinions out of our creative process and attributes his success to his disdain of focus groups and feedback." // One of my related posts: Toxic Criticism and Developing Creativity http://vsb.li/Pl3tbF

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James Bond, Ian Fleming, Daniel Craig and Alcohol

James Bond, Ian Fleming, Daniel Craig and Alcohol | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
A number of people with exceptional abilities have used drugs, alcohol and other substances. Sometimes they risk addiction.

Daniel Craig, currently playing James Bond again in “Skyfall,” thinks his character is “a borderline alcoholic, he always was!”He notes many of Bond’s traits are similar to those of Ian Fleming, who “fought a lot of pain through his life. He anaesthetised himself with alcohol and painkillers.”

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Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Ayn Rand on why creating is its own reward

Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Ayn Rand on why creating is its own reward | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Daniel Pink (in an interview with Seth Godin) commented about The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: “Her iconic characters — for instance, Howard Roark — were motivated by internal desires like autonomy, mastery, and purpose.”

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