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TalentDevelop Sites for Developing Creativity and Personal Growth

TalentDevelop Sites for Developing Creativity and Personal Growth | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
The Talent Development Resources series of sites provide information and inspiration to enhance creative expression and advanced personal development.
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Sophie B. Hawkins channels Janis Joplin's spirit in 'Room 105'

Sophie B. Hawkins channels Janis Joplin's spirit in 'Room 105' | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Sophie B. Hawkins portrays Janis Joplin in a new musical play. 

"Janis has in many ways taught me to sing with much more conviction," said Hawkins..."I've had always a lot of guts about being on stage and improvising and reaching for something new," she continued. "And that we have in common, of never wanting to be in the same place every night on a song. She thinks in terms of every vowel means something, every consonant. She's really intense. And it would've been hard to be Janis with that intensity."

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Related posts:

Janis Joplin: “Don’t compromise yourself.”
http://talentdevelop.com/3042/

Creating is a way to channel our emotional intensity

http://talentdevelop.com/6047/

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13 little-known punctuation marks we should be using

13 little-known punctuation marks we should be using | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Sometimes, says Adrienne Crezo at Mental Floss, regular periods, commas, and apostrophes won't do...
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Emma Thompson: Writing Is Terribly Frustrating and Makes Me Weep | Parade.com

Emma Thompson: Writing Is Terribly Frustrating and Makes Me Weep | Parade.com | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

The Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter...celebrates the 110th anniversary of Peter Rabbit by writing a brand-new book, The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit.

[What’s the tougher profession, writing or acting?"]
"Writing is a much harder discipline. It’s terribly frustrating and makes me weep, but once you start getting it right, it’s hugely pleasurable."

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An earlier post of mine: Emma Thompson, depression, and Mental Health Awareness Month

http://talentdevelop.com/3304/

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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
Research indicates the cause of the underachievement of many gifted students may be their creativity, which tends to clash with traditional school environments.

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

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Chaos and Creativity

by Jason Theodor

There are 3 different classes of chaos that affect creativity: Universal, External, and Personal. Universal chaos is about finding the energy to create Something out of Nothing. External Chaos examines how life events shape us and connect us. Personal Chaos is about getting past our own doubts and fears and embracing what makes us different.

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My related post: Creativity and Chaos

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/08/creativity-and-chaos/

 

 

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Writing and the psychology of creativity

Writing and the psychology of creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

By Gina Perry. "The closest I’ve come to an explanation of the how and the why comes from the work of Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He calls this loss of self consciousness, this immersion in the creative process ‘the flow’. Csikszentmihalyi, whose theory is based on hundreds of interviews with artists painters and writers, found that we are likely go into the zone when we’re engaged in a task that is challenging but not overwhelming, and when we feel we’ve got the necessary skills to tackle it."

Her book: Write to Publish http://vsb.li/os4XwN

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Related post: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the creative personality
http://talentdevelop.com/4439/

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Junot Diaz on Creative Thinking: The Critical Self and Play - The Creative Mind

Junot Diaz on Creative Thinking: The Critical Self and Play - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Novelist Junot Díaz, a new MacArthur Fellow, provides a number of helpful perspectives on creative expression, for any kind of artist.

 

“You’ve raised one of the thorniest dialectics of working, which is that you need your critical self: without it you can’t write, but in fact the critical self is what’s got both feet on the brakes of your process."

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Too Much On Our Mind for Creative Thinking - The Creative Mind

Too Much On Our Mind for Creative Thinking - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Creative people may be driven to create more and more, to keep fueling a teeming mind. But that can impede creative thinking and creative expression.

Writer Deborah Ward addresses this downside:

“I cannot write when I’ve got too much on my mind or when I feel stressed or overwhelmed from too much activity. And yet I try to force myself to write in the belief that I will feel better and more relaxed if I do. But I got it the wrong way around. Writing won’t make me feel relaxed. Feeling relaxed will make me write."

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Sofia Coppola on being a “dilettante” and enhancing creativity

Sofia Coppola on being a “dilettante” and enhancing creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
One way many talented people can be self-critical is to judge their wide-ranging serial interests as superficial or insubstantial.

Talking about the topic of her movie “Marie Antoinette,” director Sofia Coppola once commented, “You’re considered superficial and silly if you are interested in fashion, but I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity.”

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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.

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Alanis Morissette interview - Telegraph

Alanis Morissette interview - Telegraph | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Seventeen years after Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette has shaken off the title of pop's queen of angst. Her new album, Havoc and Bright Lights, is a thing of joy, writes Mark Sutherland.

 

Morissette began to suffer anxiety attacks, including one on a long-distance flight ("If you’re going to have one, mid-air surrounded by strangers is definitely the place to have it," she deadpans). Until that point, she had often visualised various career goals; clear mental images would come to her unprompted, but once success arrived those images dried up. "I’d always had these prophetic visions of what was next. I’d see myself touring or writing a book or whatever it was. "But after Jagged Little Pill the pictures completely vanished..."

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Alanis Morissette: Channeling rage and finding joy in creativity
http://talentdevelop.com/6083/alanis-morissette-channeling-rage-and-finding-joy-in-creativity/

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Ruts can limit our fulfillment and creativity

Ruts can limit our fulfillment and creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

In his book Your Own Worst Enemy: Breaking the Habit of Adult Underachievement [ http://amzn.to/qQyPqo ], psychologist Kenneth W. Christian, PhD talks about styles or patterns of thinking and behavior that we probably developed in school, and that solidify into ruts that can limit our fulfillment, achievement and creativity.

 

One example is a group of people he calls Extreme Non-Risk-Takers – who "focus totally on minimizing risk in their lives… because they try to avoid situations in which they could possibly fail, they gravitate toward occupations, relationships and activities that do not present serious challenges or reflect their real interests."

 

I experienced some of that pattern when I failed Organic Chemistry in college, and - in addition to the blow to my self-esteem - considered it a "message" that I was not meant to be a physician. Addled adolescent thinking, more than clear judgment.

 

[Photo: A man walks the tightrope in a remote mountain village in Russia.] Related post: Adult Underachievement: Kenneth Christian, Ph.D. on living up to the “gifted” label – or not
http://highability.org/72/

Quotes from my book "Developing Multiple Talents: The personal side of creative expression"
http://t.co/KqYN0ORZ

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Solitude and creative projects

Solitude and creative projects | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Solitude or workiing alone is certainly not the only way to nourish creative projects. Many artists acknowledge the value of academies such as Juilliard, and less formal artist retreats and workshops, like Idyllwild.

 

Some forms of creative expression – like acting and filmmaking – require collaborating with many other people. But sometimes an artist needs isolation or works best alone. Writer Erica Jong has commented, "Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to nurture it in solitude and to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads."

 

George Orwell chose to write Nineteen Eighty-Four while living in Barnhill (1946-1949), an abandoned farmhouse on the isle of Jura in the Inner Hebrides. - From my post Solitude is not pathology for the high sensitivity personality. http://talentdevelop.com/3558/

 

Quotes also used in my book "Developing Multiple Talents: The personal side of creative expression"
Kindle - http://t.co/KqYN0ORZ
Website - http://developingmultipletalents.com

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NOVA | Is Multitasking Bad For Us?

NOVA | Is Multitasking Bad For Us? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"It is sometimes argued that multitasking is nothing new. For more than half a century, people grew up talking on the phone while watching TV, doing homework while listening to music, and so on. The multiple, ubiquitous information streams of early-21st-century life, however, are different in kind rather than degree. If we used to ride a cognitive horse-and-buggy, now we're in a racecar."

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Related post: Multitasking is really task-switching. Some people are good at it.

http://talentdevelop.com/5141/multitasking-is-really-task-switching-some-people-are-good-at-it/

 

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Artists, Sensitivity and Confidence ~ Interview with Douglas Eby | Artsy Shark

Artists, Sensitivity and Confidence ~ Interview with Douglas Eby | Artsy Shark | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Douglas Eby studies giftedness, creativity and their relation to mental health issues. He founded the TalentDevelop.com site which is a vast resource for articles by many authors on these subjects.

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I'll tell you a story - Fairy tales and fables, traditions and reality through imagination!

I'll tell you a story - Fairy tales and fables, traditions and reality through imagination! | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Fairy tales and fables, traditions and reality through imagination. "Fairy tales and fables allows to face a wide variety of topics using the stuff that dreams are made of: desires and emotions, without barriers."

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Related post: Guillermo del Toro on the power of fairytales

http://talentdevelop.com/259/guillermo-del-toro-on-the-power-of-fairytales/

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100 images for visual brainstorming

100 images that can inspire you when you are brainstorming about new products or services.

Via Karine Sabatier
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Eisa Davis was Born To Do It All

Eisa Davis is an actor, playwright, and singer-songwriter.

 

My related book: "Developing Multiple Talents: The personal side of creative expression."
Kindle - http://talentdevelop.com/DMTK
Website - http://developingmultipletalents.com

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Developing Creativity podcast interviews

Developing Creativity podcast interviews | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Interviews include:

Psychologist Cheryl Arutt on Creative Artist Issues
Shelley Carson [photo] on enhancing our creative brain
Melora Hardin on acting, directing, singing
James C. Kaufman, PhD on creativity research
Judith Orloff,MD on Emotional Freedom
Jenna Forrest on Empowering Sensitivity
Stephen A. Diamond, PhD on Anger and Creativity
Susan K. Perry, Ph.D. on writing

 

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How Positivity Promotes Performance

How Positivity Promotes Performance | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

I’ve been looking into how the smallest things—things we often take for granted—can make the biggest difference in outcomes. Take the case of a small act of kindness. It turns out that simply saying something nice to someone or giving someone a little unexpected gift can create a flood of positive emotions that studies suggest increase the urge to play, push the limits, be creative, take in new experiences, learn and, ultimately, boost performance…even in the most complex of activities.


Via Peter Verschuere, Christine Heine, Linda Salna
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Imagination, creativity, happiness

Imagination, creativity, happiness | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"I don’t like emotions… For some reason I’m more comfortable in imaginary circumstances." – Actor William H. Macy

 

One of our primary tools as a creative person is imagination. But in his book "Stumbling on Happiness" Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert proposes that imagination may directly impact our sense of happiness in limiting or distorting ways.

 

Meghan Daum writes in her column "Goodbye to you, Mr. Smiley" [Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2006] that the book suggests "happiness is largely an anticipatory experience… we spend much of our time not so much experiencing pleasure as thinking about future pleasure and taking steps to ensure its attainment."

 

From the "Imagination, creativity, happiness" section of my book "Developing Multiple Talents."
Kindle - http://t.co/KqYN0ORZ
Website - http://developingmultipletalents.com

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inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity

inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

“Whenever we do things that haven’t been done before, there are surprises. In many cases we call them failures. I prefer to call them “data” and to mine them to learn something interesting. This is one of the secrets of truly creative people…. They try lots of things and keep what works, using the failures as fertilizer for the next idea.”

Tina Seelig - author of inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity http://vsb.li/jFBt82
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Photo of Edison from post: Getting Past Fear of Failure, By Kenneth W. Christian, Ph.D.
http://theinnerentrepreneur.com/785/getting-past-fear-of-failure/

 

 

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Intuition, authenticity, anxiety and creativity

Intuition, authenticity, anxiety and creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Many artists talk about using their intuition, exploring identity and being authentic, and how fear and anxiety impacts their creative expression.

Cameron Crowe: “Do you have a little voice inside you that you trust?”

Emma Stone: “Yeah, definitely. The gut—that’s the loudest speaker. My gut never stops talking to me—unless I’m really tired with jet lag."

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But Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D. (of the Gifted Development Center) notes, “Higher education indoctrinates students to think logically and skeptically and to dismiss intuitive information..."

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