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Information and inspiration: psychology & creativity. http://talentdevelop.com
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Boy Wonder: Andrew Garfield

Boy Wonder: Andrew Garfield | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

'Better known as Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield is the new Spiderman....He said the character saved his life: "It was a symbol of what got me through tough times in terms of being a skinny kid." He was bullied "because I was very confused when I first went to school, and there was a kid who was just mean and I just didn't understand it, and right into my teenage years, where I would be mugged on the street, or when I was 17 or 18 and I was in drama school..."

 

The interviewer writes, "Garfield confesses that he has always been an over-sensitive soul... He found validation in acting, but the oversensitivity was still there."

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My related post: Ted Zeff on highly sensitive boys and men

http://highlysensitive.org/371/ted-zeff-on-highly-sensitive-boys-and-men/

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Actors and Addiction

Actors and Addiction | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Like other talented and creative people, many actors use and abuse drugs, often as self-medication. Sometimes they risk addiction.

Edie Falco portrays the compassionate and competent – and painkiller-addicted – Jackie Peyton on the comedic drama series “Nurse Jackie.”

 

Falco has said her own experiences with addiction have been part of her dynamic acting. “Addiction has had such an impact on my life and the people I love, and there really is not a lot about it that is funny.”

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On Getting Out of Your Creative Daemon's Way | Demon Muse

On Getting Out of Your Creative Daemon's Way | Demon Muse | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Two recent podcasts offer excellent descriptions of daemonic creativity's central insight: that the best work comes when we deliberately step aside and let the daemon speak.

 

The central point or insight of daemonic creativity can be stated in various ways, but one of the most potent is to say that when we’re pursuing creative work — whether that means planning and executing a specific artistic project or divining a large-scale, whole-life direction — we have to get out of the way of the creative energy itself.

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Another stimulating post by this author:

Matt Cardin on the Daimon and the Genius

http://talentdevelop.com/4950/matt-cardin-on-the-daimon-and-the-genius/

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Rethinking Creativity and Depression

Rethinking Creativity and Depression | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Many creative people experience depression. It is vital to get help, but also to consider how we label and respond to mental health challenges.

In her article “Clinical Depression Then and Now,” Patricia Waldron, M.D. noted that art historian Erwin Panofsky referred to this famous artwork, Melencolia I (from 1514) as Albrecht Dürer’s “spiritual self-portrait.”

She added, “We know, indeed, that Dürer thought of himself as melancholic and frequently experienced dejection and a sense of ‘powerlessness’ in the face of the staggering intellectual and technical demands he placed on himself."

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John Kounios: The neuroscience behind epiphanies

John Kounios: The neuroscience behind epiphanies - John Kounios is a cognitive neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology at Drexel University who studies the neural basis of creative insight.

 

His work is referenced in the book The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, by Eric R. Kandel.
http://vsb.li/PfWeKx

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The Complexity of the Creative Personality

http://vsb.li/OExWLr - Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes the diversity and complexity of creative people.
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Katy Perry: Let it shine

Katy Perry: Let it shine | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Part of her exceptional success as a musician and performer is in the themes of Katy Perry's music to embrace who you are, and let your talents shine.

"You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July
‘Cause baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ‘em what you’re worth
Make ‘em go, oh, oh, oh
As you shoot across the sky..."

[Lyrics from 'Firework']

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How I Create: Q&A With Author Marney Makridakis

How I Create: Q&A With Author Marney Makridakis | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

1. Do you incorporate creativity-boosting activities into your daily routine? If so, what activities do you do?

I try to keep creativity perpetually at my fingertips. I write lots of short poems and make quick doodles throughout the day, all to keep the creative channel open as much as I can. I also have a 4-year-old son, which aids creativity immensely. It’s amazing how many solutions and resources open to us when we play!

2. What are your inspirations for your work?

For me, it’s all about ideas. Creative ideas are the bright shining lights of our souls. My very favorite part of my work is helping people connect the dots of their own idea-lights, unveiling new constellations that bring more light into the world. [continued]

 

Marney Makridakis is founder of the creativity products, programs and resources site Artella Land
http://theinnerentrepreneur.com/Artella

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A Year of Writing Dangerously by Barbara Abercrombie

Book trailer for A YEAR OF WRITING DANGEROUSLY -- A guide for jumpstarting your writing and getting over writer's block: 365 days of inspiration, encouragement, and advice from great writers. Written and compiled by veteran writing teacher Barbara Abercrombie of the Writers' Program at UCLA Extension.

 

One of the quotes in the book: "I believe that – if you are serious about a life of writing, or indeed about any creative form of expression – that you should take on this work like a holy calling." Elizabeth Gilbert.

 

Get book at Amazon: http://vsb.li/mZK93L

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Emma Stone suffered from anxiety

Emma Stone suffered from anxiety | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Emma Stone said she feels "hyperaware that everything could end. That’s always been in my mind, for whatever reason, since I was very small.” She experienced her first panic attack at 8 years old and spent two years in therapy. “I was just kind of immobilized by [anxiety]. I didn’t want to go to my friends’ houses or hang out with anybody, and nobody really understood.” Improv comedy, starting at age 11, she said, "gave me a sense of purpose. I wanted to make people laugh. Comedy was my sport. It taught me how to roll with the punches.” While filming Spider-Man, she baked to stay calm. “I felt really out of control of my surroundings. I was just baking all the time. It made me feel, if I put these [ingredients] in, I’ll know what the outcome is.” [The Sunday Times (U.K.) via The Week mag. June 28, 2012 theweek.com]

 

Read more quotes by talented actors about their stage fright and other forms of anxiety, including Edie Falco, Hugh Grant, Alison Pill, Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth and others, in the article Celebrities with anxiety and panic attacks.
http://anxietyreliefsolutions.com/celebrities-with-anxiety-and-panic-attacks/

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How To Make It Safe For Creativity In Your Workplace

How To Make It Safe For Creativity In Your Workplace | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
[This is the second of a series on ways to encourage creativity into the workplace.] Creativity is for the rabble-rouser. The boat-shaker. The status-quo decimator.

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Related post: Killing or Enhancing Creativity and Innovation in Business

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/05/killing-or-enhancing-creativity-and-innovation-in-business/

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Are you creatively stuck? Strategies to Revive Your Creativity

Creativity coach Lisa Riley points out that many of us have experienced some form of procrastination about our creative work - "Where we give into the rationalization that once these convenient distractions are completed and put to rest, we can create. When in reality, this is an indication of our own internal resistance to facing the act of producing something.

 

“Feelings of self-doubt, criticism and negative beliefs can produce anxiety around the creative process.”

From post: Distracting ourselves from creative work
http://talentdevelop.com/5930/distracting-ourselves-from-creative-work/

 

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

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The Secrets of Creativity?

The Secrets of Creativity? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

The biggest problem with Jonah Lehrer’s new book Imagine, currently residing on The New York Times bestseller list, is that it is too good to generate reviews as colorful as Strohminger’s. Nevertheless, it did lead Christopher Chabris to conclude in the Times that Lehrer’s “stories too often feature clichéd piffle (a chance interaction, he says, can “change the way we think about everything”) and end with treacly flourishes (“This is what we sound like when nothing is holding us back”).”

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Related: Jonah Lehrer on the Science of Creativity & Innovation

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/02/jonah-lehrer-on-the-science-of-creativity-innovation/


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You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One): Jeff Goins

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One): Jeff Goins | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"I had an audience and was writing, but I wanted to hide. I never felt good enough. What if I was found out and exposed? But I’ve learned something important about my audience: They think I’m a writer. They believe something about me that I’m still wrestling with. That I can actually do this thing called writing."

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» Creative Thinking and Disruptive Innovation - The Creative Mind

» Creative Thinking and Disruptive Innovation - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Do we need to invest exceptional levels of time and attention in becoming experts before we can make significant creative contributions?

 

One of the key ideas of author Malcolm Gladwell is that “outliers” on the upper end of intelligence, ability and achievement have engaged in about 10,000 concentrated hours of practice and study in a specific knowledge area.

 

But a new article by entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain, the founder of World Innovation Institute (among other credits) writes that while this may be “an interesting thesis” and perhaps true earlier, it may not apply “in today’s world of growing exponential technologies.”

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Why Creative Geniuses Hated School | Psychology Today

Why Creative Geniuses Hated School | Psychology Today | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

George Bernard Shaw on School: “... there is, on the whole, nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school.To begin with, it is a prison. But it is in some respects more cruel than a prison..." Read more. Thanks @GiftedHomeschoolersForum

 

From the article by Michael Michalko, author of Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work.  http://vsb.li/Wb5XxV

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Related post: Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

http://talentdevelop.com/69/sir-ken-robinson-do-schools-kill-creativity/

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Highly Sensitive Personality and Creativity

Highly Sensitive Personality and Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Photo: Jewel. Her lyrics include: "I’m sensitive / And I’d like to stay that way"

Creativity Coach Lisa A. Riley says she has often encountered a connection between highly sensitive people and their own creative impulses.

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Are We Losing Creative Thinking Ability? - The Creative Mind

Are We Losing Creative Thinking Ability? - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
The Creativity Crisis is not an event, but an era of continued decline in most measures of creativity. Reversing the trend will be a process.

 

Dr. Kyung Hee Kim is Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at The College of William and Mary, and in 2010 published her study “The Creativity Crisis,” in which she showed the United States has been experiencing a decline in creativity since 1990.

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Creativity Lessons from Charles Dickens and Steve Jobs

Creativity Lessons from Charles Dickens and Steve Jobs | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Creativity is the most essential skill for navigating an increasingly complex world — or so said 1,500 CEOs across 60 countries in a recent survey by IBM.

 

From the article: "Reduce stress, but don't relax too much. Stress affects our creativity. A study conducted in 2006 by Christina Ting Fong, an assistant professor at the University of Washington Business School, suggests that the optimal sate for an individual seeking maximum creativity at work is to embrace an in-between emotional state, neither happy-go-luckily complacent nor anxiously stressed out."


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A List Apart: Articles: On Creativity

A List Apart: Articles: On Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Creativity is an inborn capacity for thinking differently than most, seeing differently, and making connections and perceiving relationships others miss. But most importantly, it is the ability to then extrapolate contextually useful ways of employing that data: to create something that meets a specific challenge. ...

The siren song of creativity is likely responsible for more bad design than any other factor. Some might think this overly dramatic, but I believe we should regard creativity as a rather dangerous tool.


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Pride and Creativity

Pride and Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"You received a score of 124 out of 147, which is the 94th percentile. Great job on that! That's one of the highest scores we've seen so far!"

When Lisa Williams and David DeSteno told this to their participants, they noticed a significant increase in perseverance on a difficult cognitive task. When they took out the "Great job" part and just told the participants they performed exceptional, they saw no increase in perseverance. They also put people in a generally positive mood by having them look at pleasant pictures, such as a wedding and a tropical landscape. Again, no increase in perseverance. What was it about this particular phrasing that increased motivation? The winning phrasing was effective because it activated one of our most deeply-rooted emotions: pride.

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Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

Can You Make Yourself Smarter? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Can You Make Yourself Smarter?, The New York Times. "Harold Hawkins, a cognitive psychologist at the Office of Naval Research who oversees most of the U.S. military’s studies in the area, expressed a common view. For him, the question now is not whether cognitive training works but how strongly and how best to achieve it. “Until about four or five years ago, we believed that fluid intelligence is immutable in adulthood,” Hawkins told me. “No one believed that training could possibly achieve dramatic improvements in this very fundamental cognitive ability. Then Jaeggi’s work came along."

 

The brain training program "Lumosity began in 2007 and is now by far the biggest of the services, with more than 20 million subscribers." Learn more at the company site

http://talentdevelop.com/Lumosity

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Wattpad - About Us

Wattpad - About Us | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"Wattpad is the world's largest community for discovering and sharing stories on the web and across every mobile device. It’s a new form of collaborative entertainment that connects readers and writers through storytelling and creative fiction! Wattpad is the only place offering a mobile, social, eReading experience."

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» The Complexity of the Creative Personality - The Creative Mind

» The Complexity of the Creative Personality - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says, “If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity.

 

“Like the color white that includes all colors, they tend to bring together the entire range of human possibilities within themselves. Creativity allows for paradox, light, shadow, inconsistency, even chaos – and creative people experience both extremes with equal intensity.”

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Developing Creativity: Don't Wait for a Muse

You don't need to be a genius or a 'big name' artist to be creative. Creativity researcher Keith Sawyer advises us to "forget those romantic myths that creativity is all about being artsy and gifted and not about hard work."

 

He notes that while we're waiting for a Muse or that full-blown moment of inspiration, we may never start working on what could be a meaningful creative project.

 

My related book: Developing Multiple Talents

http://talentdevelop.com/DMTK-v

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