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Information and inspiration: psychology & creativity. http://talentdevelop.com
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Pain and suffering and developing creativity

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The tortured artist myth is an enduring notion: that art comes from suffering. But a number of artists say that is a false and destructive idea.

 

Colin Farrell: “I ascribed to the notion that to express yourself as an artist, you have to live in perpetual pain. And that’s nonsense.”

 

Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D., a psychologist specializing in creative artist issues, says “Many creative people carry the belief that their pain is the locus of their creativity, and worry that they will lose their creativity if they work through their inner conflicts or let go of suffering…”

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The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned from Playing the Violin

The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned from Playing the Violin | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

When it comes to understanding expertise and expert performance, psychologist Dr. Ericsson is perhaps the world’s leading authority. His research is the basis for the “10,000-hour rule” which suggests that it requires at least ten years and/or 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve an expert level of performance in any given domain – and in the case of musicians, more like 15-25 years in order to attain an elite international level.

Those are some pretty big numbers. So large, that at first I missed the most important factor in the equation.

Deliberate practice.

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Related: Developing Creativity: Practice, Practice, Practice

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/08/practice-practice-practice/

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Salvador Dali’s Creative Thinking Technique

Salvador Dali’s Creative Thinking Technique | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

How to conjure up dreamlike imagery from your subconscious. By Michael Michalko.

Surrealism is the stressing of subconscious or irrational significance of imagery, or in more simplistic terms, the use of dreamlike imagery. Dalí's absurd imagination has him painting pictures of figures no person would even dream of creating. How was Salvador Dali able to conjure up these extraordinary images from his subconscious that he used in his surrealistic paintings?

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Book: Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work, by Michael Michalko. http://vsb.li/Wb5XxV

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The Great DSM Hoax

The Great DSM Hoax | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

The Great DSM Hoax - How Mental Disorders are Created and Sold, by Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D.

"The next version of the DSM, the DSM-V, is scheduled to appear in 2013. In that volume a slew of new “mental disorders,” created out of whole cloth for profit, will appear. Many people, including thousands of mental health professionals, have pushed back. But too few are willing to call the whole thing the hoax it is." ... [one example:] "Calling the sadness you feel because your parents are fighting or calling your entirely understandable boredom at school a 'mental disorder' is not just naming. The causes of your 'disorder' are being ascribed without anyone saying anything overt."

Book: Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning, by Eric Maisel, PhD. http://goo.gl/J77pc

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Two of many related posts :

Are you Crazy or Are you a Highly Sensitive Person? http://highlysensitive.org/389/

Do We Need to be Crazy to be Creative?

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2010/06/do-we-need-to-be-crazy-to-be-creative/

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The Creative Compact

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The tectonic upheavals our economy is enduring are the result not just of financial shenanigans by the global One Percent, but of a deeper and more fundamental shift -- the passing of the old industrial order as it gives way to the emerging Creative Economy...

 

Excerpted from The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited: 10th Anniversary Edition, by Richard Florida.

http://vsb.li/3nwoov

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How Does Feedback Sensitivity Affect Risk Taking in Anxious Individuals?

How Does Feedback Sensitivity Affect Risk Taking in Anxious Individuals? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Anxious individuals are less likely to take risks and are more sensitive to outcome than nonanxious individuals.

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Creative intellect as a marker for genetic predisposition to high anxiety conditions By Charles Linden
http://talentdevelop.com/articlelive/articles/1059/1/

 

Photo: “Every time I star in a film, I think I cannot act. I’ve tried to pull out of almost every one I’ve done because of sheer terror.” Nicole Kidman - from my post: Managing Creative Anxiety: Change Your Thinking
http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/03/managing-creative-anxiety-change-your-thinking/

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Art and the Limits of Neuroscience

Art and the Limits of Neuroscience | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

What is art? What does art reveal about human nature? The trend these days is to approach such questions in the key of neuroscience.

“Neuroaesthetics” is a term that has been coined to refer to the project of studying art using the methods of neuroscience. It would be fair to say that neuroaesthetics has become a hot field.

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Creative? Introverted? Then You’re Probably Not Seen As A Leader - The Creative Mind

Creative? Introverted? Then You’re Probably Not Seen As A Leader - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Susan Cain suspects that another reason for the creativity gap in the leadership ranks is that many creative thinkers are introverts.

She thinks “Today’s leaders need to perform traditional tasks, like making speeches, rallying troops, and setting goals. But they also need to feel in their bones what innovation means.“If the same person can’t do all these things at once – and let’s face it: how many people are both social and solitary, goal-oriented and wildly original? – we should be thinking more about leadership-sharing, where two people divide leadership tasks according to their natural strengths and talents.

“One example of this model is introverted ‘product visionary’ Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, and the extroverted ‘people person’ COO Sheryl Sandberg.”

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8 Steps to Creativity

8 Steps to Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Deepak Chopra teaches us the eight steps to creativity, from his book Grow Younger, Live Longer. http://vsb.li/rW9kaJ

"There are eight basic steps to the creative response. Become conscious of these steps and use the creative response whenever you are facing an issue or challenge in your life. You have unlimited creative potential that can be used to solve any problem you are facing.

1. Intended outcome: Have a clear vision of what it is that you want to have unfold. Avoid defining your intentions in terms of what you don’t want.

2. Information gathering: Learn everything that is available about the issue you are facing..."

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Read more about developing creativity in the many posts of my Creative Mind column, such as: Creative Inspiration In The Shower and Fixing The Hubble

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/06/creative-inspiration-in-the-shower-and-fixing-the-hubble/

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Creatively Stuck? Learn Strategies to Free Your Creativity

Creativity coach Lisa Riley notes "Whether you're an artist, writer, designer or performer, it's common to experience dry spells in your creativity. But there are ways to revive your creative juices and start feeling productive again."

See multiple "Products for Your Creative Success" at her site The Art of Mind
http://talentdevelop.com/TAOM

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Are Introverts More Creative? - The Creative Mind

Are Introverts More Creative? - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Both introversion and high sensitivity may be part of creative people who are deep thinkers, process slowly, are sensitive to stimuli, emotionally reactive.

 

In her Psychology Today post Are Introverts More Creative than Extraverts?, writer, cartoonist and musician Wagele writes about how this key personality dimension may relate to creative expression.

“Are liking solitude and focusing inward creative gifts?,” she asks.

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Do Creative Work Activities Create Stress?

Do Creative Work Activities Create Stress? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
"These stressful elements of creative work detract from what most people generally see as the positive sides of creative job conditions."...

The demands associated with creative work activities pose key challenges for workers, according to new research out of the University of Toronto that describes the stress associated with some aspects of work and its impact on the boundaries between work and family life.

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» Disparaging Pop Culture Creativity - The Creative Mind

» Disparaging Pop Culture Creativity - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Author G. Willow Wilson notes a pop culture-bashing trend, with a number of critics disparaging some forms of creative expression they don't appreciate.

Sister Wendy was a pleasure to watch for her passion and wealth of art related stories.

But author G. Willow Wilson notes there is “a pop culture-bashing trend at work among the high echelons of literary America. From Jonathan Franzen’s infamous remarks about Twitter and eBooks to this recent NYT op-ed belittling adults who read YA fiction (and/or play video games), it’s clear that high-culturalists are feeling some hostility toward new media and entertainment.”

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Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Psychopathology and creativity may be related, and the mythology of the mad artist is supported to some extent by research. But what is "madness"?

Director Tim Burton has been called ‘crazy’ (at least in part for his appearance) or at least ‘eccentric’ – perhaps a polite cover label for ‘mad.’ He says: “If you want people to leave you alone then appearing to be crazy is a good thing..."

Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. says, “I do believe that If the mental processes associated with psychosis were evaporated entirely from this world, art would suck."

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A Little Weird? Prone to Depression? Blame Your Creative Brain

A Little Weird? Prone to Depression? Blame Your Creative Brain | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

By Susan Biali, M.D. "Being sensitive, moody and strange may be signs you're a creative....According to Andreasen, our openness to new experiences, tolerance for ambiguity, and the way we approach life enables us to perceive things in a fresh and novel way. Less creative types “quickly respond to situations based on what they have been told by people in authority”, while creatives live in a more fluid and nebulous (read: incredibly stressful) world."

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Related: Depression and Creativity http://depressionandcreativity.org/
Depression and Creativity / Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/DepressionAndCreativity

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Pain and suffering and developing creativity

Pain and suffering and developing creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
The tortured artist myth is an enduring notion: that art comes from suffering. But a number of artists say that is a false and destructive idea.

Musician Sting : “Do I have to be in pain to write? I thought so, as most of my contemporaries did; you had to be the struggling artist, the tortured, painful, poetic wreck.

“I tried that for a while, and to a certain extent that was successful.

“I was ‘The King of Pain’ after all. I only know that people who are getting into this archetype of the tortured poet end up really torturing themselves to death."

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Developing Creativity newsletter

Developing Creativity newsletter | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Contents:

 

• Milla Jovovich: "Inspire yourself"

• Introverted leaders?

• Zoe Kazan on 'Ruby Sparks'

• Kenneth W. Christian, PhD on Adult Underachievement

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Zoe Kazan on ‘Ruby Sparks’ and Creative Inspiration - The Creative Mind

Zoe Kazan on ‘Ruby Sparks’ and Creative Inspiration - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Zoe Kazan wrote and stars in her story of a blocked novelist who starts writing about a woman in his dreams, who then magically shows up in his real life...

 

Actor, playwright, and screenwriter Zoe Kazan says, “When there is a fecundity, when there’s a period of time when you are especially creative, you kind of owe it to yourself to kind of work overtime, and that is what I feel like has been happening to me. My brain has been going twice the speed that my body can go, so I’m trying to keep up.”

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Richard Feynman, Spinning Plates and Serious Play

Richard Feynman, Spinning Plates and Serious Play | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
By Think Jar Collective founder Ben Weinlick

My first introduction to Feynman came some years ago when hearing that Feynman came up with his Nobel winning Physic’s insight through watching students throw and spin plates in the cafeteria of Cornell University.

I thought it was so cool that a person could have an important insight from something as ordinary and mundane as happening to notice someone amuse themselves by throwing a plate up in the air in a school cafeteria. For me, gaining creative insights or ideas from unexpected places is what initially drew me to research creativity and eventually led to the creation of Think Jar Collective...

- Serious Play: (Serious means the play is purposeful. This doesn’t mean boring playfulness; spontaneity is part of it. Serious play means you value play as a tool for fostering creative thinking. You have fun with it all; you explore and tease the old rules too. As you’ll soon see Feynman was a master of serious play)

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Related: Developing Creativity: Creating From Childhood - "Psychologist Teresa Amabile thinks “The kernel of creativity is there in the infant: the desire and drive to explore, to find out about things, to experiment with different ways of handling things and looking at things."

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2010/06/developing-creativity-creating-from-childhood/

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Developing Creativity newsletter

Developing Creativity newsletter | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Developing Creativity newsletter: weekly excerpts of posts, plus articles, quotes, books, products and more on topics covered in the multiple Talent Development Resources series of sites :

• Realizing potential talents more fully
• Advancing your personal growth
• Being exceptionally intelligent, sensitive and intense
• Enhancing creative expression

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Milla Jovovich: "Inspire yourself"

Milla Jovovich: "Inspire yourself" | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

“For my mom, education was the most important thing. She said, ‘You know, the modeling stuff is all well and good and a pretty face will get you through the door, but what are you going to do when you get there? What’s gonna happen when you open your mouth?’

“Also, when you work with these photographers, when you go into a career like modeling, you can’t just go in empty-handed or empty-headed."

A number of dynamic actors and other artists like Milla Jovovich talk about keeping in touch with their child self, and actively finding inspiration rather than waiting for a Muse.

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Actors & Acting: Marion Cotillard

Actors & Acting: Marion Cotillard | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Marion Cotillard: "I don't think you learn how to act. You learn how to use your emotions and feelings." (imdb.com)

 

/ A related post: Acting, emotion and personal growth, by Carmen Lynne.

http://theinneractor.com/691/

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Ellen Page is ‘Beyond’ real in ‘emotional and subversive’ game

Ellen Page is ‘Beyond’ real in ‘emotional and subversive’ game | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"Ellen Page is no stranger to the role of an outsider soul flirting with the desperate edges of life — she’s been there before in “Whip It,” “Mouth to Mouth” and “Super” — but now she’s skirting the emotional ledge for a video game." [The computer-generated image is from the game.]

 

She says, "This is an incredibly emotional story and journey for this girl. Because it’s a game, you’re also having to record multiple responses for any one scene. So you’re having to make these snap transitions between an incredibly wide range of emotions. Going from one response to the other in rapid succession within the same scene and making sure that each one was an honest moment was difficult. But it also ended up being my favorite part."

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Unlock Your Inner Rain Man by Electrically Zapping Your Brain

Unlock Your Inner Rain Man by Electrically Zapping Your Brain | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Imagine a creativity cap. A device that would free you, if only momentarily, from your mindsets, from your prejudices, from the mental blocks to creativity... These words are emblazoned on the website Creativitycap.com, and they represent the vision of neuroscientist Allan Snyder.

 

Snyder believes we all possess untapped powers of cognition, normally seen only in rare individuals called savants, and accessing them might take just a few jolts of electricity to the brain.

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Related:

The genius brain: Psychiatrist Darold Treffert on savants and hidden potential

http://highability.org/74/

Better Thinking: Brain Games For Cognitive Training

http://talentdevelop.com/5238/better-thinking-brain-games-for-cognitive-training/


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Depression, Creativity, and a New Pair of Shoes

Depression, Creativity, and a New Pair of Shoes | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

By Shelley H. Carson, Ph.D.

Since the time of Aristotle, creativity in the arts has been linked to melancholia...but depression itself doesn't necessarily enhance creativity. Quite the opposite: most poets, artists, and composers have reported over the years that they are decidedly unable to work during episodes of severe depression. In fact, many have found their inability to create while depressed to be an impetus for ending it all. Virginia Woolf, for example...

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Related: Rethinking Creativity and Depression

http://depressionandcreativity.org/139/rethinking-creativity-and-depression/

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