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Information and inspiration: psychology & creativity. http://talentdevelop.com
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In praise of misfits

In praise of misfits | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Why business needs people with Asperger’s syndrome, attention-deficit disorder and dyslexia. - IN 1956 William Whyte argued in his bestseller, “The Organisation Man”, that companies were so in love with “well-rounded” executives that they fought a “fight against genius”.

Today many suffer from the opposite prejudice. Software firms gobble up anti-social geeks. Hollywood bends over backwards to accommodate the whims of creatives. Unlike the school playground, the marketplace is kind to misfits. Recruiters have noticed that the mental qualities that make a good computer programmer resemble those that might get you diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome

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Related: Brain Differences and Creativity

http://talentdevelop.com/4731/brain-differences-and-creativity/

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The Creativity Daily

The Creativity Daily magazine site. The content comes from one or more lists of Twitter users I follow, collected and published by paper.li. 

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Madness Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be: A Corrective

Madness Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be: A Corrective | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

By David Dobbs - My post two days ago on the links between depression and creativity sparked some smart comments. Perhaps the best was sent to me privately by the excellent blogger The NeuroCritic, and I am highlighting it in its own post here, with The Neurocritic’s permission, because it makes a an important point that I failed to note in the original piece: These links between madness and creativity don’t make the more severe manifestations of depression or bipolar disorder any less destructive or painful.

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One of many related TalentDevelop posts: Rethinking Creativity and Depression

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

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Creative talent: genetics, a muse, or hard work?

Creative talent: genetics, a muse, or hard work? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

How we think about having and developing abilities can have a strong impact on actually using our talents. If we think creative expression has to wait for inspiration from a muse, or that there are only a few “chosen” geniuses with exceptional “gifts” in computer graphics, fashion design, writing novels or whatever – and think we aren’t one of those few – we may not even explore our talents well enough to create something worthwhile.

 

Professor of psychology R. Keith Sawyer says, "Forget those romantic myths that creativity is all about being artsy and gifted and not about hard work. They discourage us because we’re waiting for that one full-blown moment of inspiration. And while we’re waiting, we may never start working on what we might someday create."

> From my book Developing Multiple Talents: The personal side of creative expression
http://talentdevelop.com/DMTK

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Vera Farmiga Higher Ground interview

Vera Farmiga Higher Ground interview | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

What inspires filmmakers to invest so much time and energy in creating a movie? Vera Farmiga comments on directing "Higher Ground" - her film version of "This Dark World," the Carolyn S. Briggs nonfiction book subtitled "a memoir of salvation found and lost."

 

"In our search for identity and sense of self and self-transcendence, we search for the definition of what God means to us. We're not defining whether God does or does not exist. That's not the discussion, or the aim of the film."

 

She saw the story as a question: How do we live a fully integrated life? "The way to change anything, about any one of your relationships, whether it's with your partner or your parents or your children, is to come from a completely genuine self. That's how to live a life that's impassioned and intimate, whether it's your relationship with a deity, however you define that, with your family or your community."

 

More quotes in post: Vera Farmiga on getting spiritually tipsy from Annie Dillard

http://talentdevelop.com/2223/vera-farmiga-on-getting-spiritually-tipsy-from-annie-dillard/

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Also see my article: Women film directors
http://talentdevelop.com/articles/Page1010.html

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Is Creativity Sexy? The Evolutionary Advantages of Artistic Thinking

Is Creativity Sexy? The Evolutionary Advantages of Artistic Thinking | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

By Sam McNerney

Human evolution is puzzling. Around 45,000 years ago, for no obvious reason, our species took off. Our technology rapidly progressed, populations thrived and we started painting and crafting instruments. ...Our genetic makeup is identical to our ancestors who lived 100,000 years ago. As Matt Ridley explains, “all the ingredients of human success—tool making, big brains, culture, fire, even language—seem to have been in place half a million years before and nothing happened.” What gives?

The answer might have to do with the relationship between creativity and sex.

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Mark Andrews is up to the task for 'Brave'

Mark Andrews is up to the task for 'Brave' | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Mark Andrews (director of 'Brave') originated "kilt Fridays" at Pixar Animation Studios. //

 

Related: The Creative Potential of Eccentricity
http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2010/07/the-creative-potential-of-eccentricity/

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» Books for the Creative Mind - The Creative Mind

» Books for the Creative Mind - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Here is a brief list of books to keep you thinking creatively and help develop creativity personally, as well as in educational and business settings.
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Visual Spatial Learners and Creativity - The Creative Mind

Visual Spatial Learners and Creativity - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Visual spatial learners are more likely to be a late bloomer, as well as creatively, mechanically, emotionally, or technologically gifted.

Lesley Sword (of Gifted and Creative Services Australia) explains, “Temporal, sequential and analytic functions are thought to be associated with the left hemisphere of the brain. In contrast, spatial thinking involves synthesis, an intuitive grasp of complex systems, (often missing the steps) simultaneous processing of concepts, inductive reasoning (from the whole to the parts), use of imagination and generation of ideas by combining existing facts in new ways (creative thinking)."

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Anxiety Can Bring Out the Best

Anxiety Can Bring Out the Best | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

A little anxiety may be just what you need to focus your efforts and perform at your peak, psychologists say... "Coaches and sports psychologists have always known that you don't want your athlete to be relaxed right before an event. You need some 'juice' to go fast," says Stephen Josephson, a psychologist in New York City who has treated athletes, actors and musicians.

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Book by one of the experts mentioned: The Compassionate Mind Approach to Overcoming Anxiety, by Dennis Tirch http://vsb.li/AqXVsD

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For much more on the topic:

Anxiety Relief Solutionssite

http://anxietyreliefsolutions.com/
Anxiety Relief Solutions/Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/AnxietyReliefSolutions

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Exactly How Much Did That Skateboarding Dog Earn?

Exactly How Much Did That Skateboarding Dog Earn? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

That’s a cool YouTube video you made. How much money is it making you?If you distribute your own clips on the world’s biggest video site, that’s easy enough to figure out: You look at the site’s analytics tool, which well tell you exactly how much ad revenue the video is generating.

But if you’ve signed up with one of a growing number of YouTube networks...

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Intelligence, Creativity and Mania | Psychology Today

Intelligence, Creativity and Mania | Psychology Today | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Why do smart and manic so often go together? By Eric Maisel, Ph.D....

"Mania can hit anyone, since it can be induced by street drugs and by other causes as well as by the dynamics of one’s own racing, needy brain. But I want to focus on the way that it afflicts intelligent and creative people."

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Image from post: Creativity Higher with Bipolar? By Douglas Eby.

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2010/12/creativity-higher-with-bipolar/

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> Related 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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FIND YOUR CREATIVITY: Allow yourself to be 'bored' to recharge ... - Shoreline Times

FIND YOUR CREATIVITY: Allow yourself to be 'bored' to recharge ... - Shoreline Times | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
FIND YOUR CREATIVITY: Allow yourself to be 'bored' to recharge ...Shoreline TimesIn this space of no agenda lives a highly underrated commodity…our creativity and genius for invention and innovation. When given space our playful curiosity ...

Via Creativity For Life
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Creative Inspiration In The Shower and Fixing The Hubble - The Creative Mind

Creative Inspiration In The Shower and Fixing The Hubble - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Getting flashes of creative insight or inspiration can solve real problems. But be wary of thinking you have to wait for them to be creative.

The photo shows an un-corrected Hubble telescope image at the left, next to an image at the right made with corrected optics.

Sawyer explained that in 1990 a team of NASA scientists “was trying to fix the distorted lenses in the Hubble telescope, which was already in orbit. An expert in optics suggested that tiny inversely distorted mirrors could correct the images, but nobody could figure out how to fit them into the hard-to-reach space inside.

“Then engineer Jim Crocker, taking a shower in a German hotel, noticed the European-style showerhead mounted on adjustable rods..."

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Jonah Lehrer Meets Stephen Fry – The Paradoxes of Bipolar and Creativity

Jonah Lehrer Meets Stephen Fry – The Paradoxes of Bipolar and Creativity | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Experimental work by researchers like Joe Forgas and Modupe Akinola, which shows that melancholy can sharpen cognition, now fattens the pile of studies pioneered by researchers such as Nancy Andreasen...who found that prominent British novelists and poets were eight times as likely as the general population to suffer from major depression.

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Image from post: Can Mood Swings Enhance Our Creativity?

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/03/can-mood-swings-enhance-our-creativity/

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Being Kind to Our Creative Self

Being Kind to Our Creative Self | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Many talented and creative people are self-critical, or don't take care of their physical and emotional health or self-care needs enough.

 

Creativity coach Lisa Riley offers a number of simple but powerful suggestions:

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Noomi Rapace interview for Ridley Scott's Prometheus

Noomi Rapace interview for Ridley Scott's Prometheus | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Noomi Rapace "was raised in Iceland. When she was nine, her family returned to Sweden to enrol Rapace in a Rudolf Steiner school. 'They didn’t want to put me in a normal school because I was so wild,’ she says. 'I grew up in nature. I was always out playing with the horses, building and creating things, and Steiner schools give you a bit more freedom. It was good for me, because it’s very creative, loose and playful. But I didn’t really learn that much... I couldn’t read or write until I was quite old, and I didn’t learn any languages.’

By the time Rapace was 14, she wasn’t going to school much at all. She had got into music, had dyed her hair blond... and was drinking heavily. 'I was exploring and experimenting, hanging out with much older people. But they’d been drinking and doing drugs and whatever for years, and eventually I saw that they weren’t really moving in any direction, just going round and round in circles. And I hate that. I’m very restless, and I want to move forward.’

[Photo by Yu Tsai, Blackbook Mag.]

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Noomi Rapace [pronounced NOH-mee rə-PAHSS] created such a powerful performance as Lisbeth Salander. / Here are a couple of related posts:

Gifted and Talented, Drugs and Alcohol
http://talentdevelop.com/3212/gifted-and-talented-drugs-and-alcohol/

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – A Gifted Trauma Survivor
http://highability.org/644/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-a-gifted-trauma-survivor/
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Unconscious Creativity, Conscious Creating

Unconscious Creativity, Conscious Creating | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
There is growing support for the creative value of mentally stepping away from our work for a while, and not being so captivated by only consciousness.

 

Neuropsychologist Eric Kandel writes, “When we take the wrong approach to a problem, which happens often, we get nowhere by continuing to think about it. But if we refrain from thinking about the problem and distract ourselves… [we] transition from a rigid, convergent perspective to an associative, divergent perspective.”

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The Entrepreneurial Author: Achieving Success and Balance as a Writer in the 21st Century

The Entrepreneurial Author: Achieving Success and Balance as a Writer in the 21st Century | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"Balance is the key to keeping temptations and evils at bay. It is the critical difference between an Entrepreneurial Author and a traditional author."

 

"The Entrepreneurial Author uses stress as a benchmark. If she feels any stress, she knows she must be going about things in the wrong way."

 

- Author David L Hancock - who is a presenter at The Digital Publishing Virtual Summit
http://theinnerwriter.com/DPVS

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Move Beyond Criticism & Rejection | June 25 – July 30

Move Beyond Criticism & Rejection | June 25 – July 30 | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Online course by Creativity Coach Lisa A. Riley, The Art of Mind
How to build resilience and maintain self-confidence in your creative career

"Join me on a 6 week e-course to help empower you for those times in your creative career when you’ve been knocked down by criticism or rejection. Learn ways to bounce back, regain your focus and get back on track so you can reach your creative potential. This course will help you develop resilience by learning ways to build and maintain self-confidence.

"Developing the skills to endure the effects of criticism or rejection is essential to thriving and succeeding in any creative industry. Every week you will receive an email with that weeks lesson & video. I’ll walk you through step-by-step in developing a “Resilience Plan” you will be able to implement whenever you feel discouraged after hearing negative criticism or experiencing rejection."

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Art Is a Spiritual Path

Art Is a Spiritual Path | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Art Is a Spiritual Path, by Pat B. Allen. "Art making is my way of bringing soul back into my life. Soul is the place where the messiness of life is tolerated, where feelings animate the narration of life, where story exists. Soul is the place where I am replenished and can experience both gardens and graveyards. Art is my way of knowing who I am."

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Twitter sensation Kelly Oxford hooks Hollywood

Twitter sensation Kelly Oxford hooks Hollywood | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

From a snow-crested corner of Alberta, Canada, Kelly Oxford made her Hollywood screenwriting dream come true. She did it without leaving her close-knit family or giving up her free nationalized healthcare. She did it without toiling in Westside coffee shops or confronting painful rejections. She did it 140 characters at a time. Oxford, a suburban housewife and mother of three, is a Twitter superstar (@kellyoxford), with more than 350,000 followers. Oscar winners, late-night talk show hosts, even film critic Roger Ebert follow her on the social media service...

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More articles, quotes, resources:The Inner Writer - Exploring the personal side of being a writer http://theinnerwriter.com

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How Amazon Saved My Life

How Amazon Saved My Life | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

By Jessica Park I am an author. I still can’t get used to that title...How did I end up on my own? It began when I couldn’t get my first YA book, Relatively Famous, published, despite getting stellar feedback from editors and nearly selling the film rights to a teen pop star...

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Related: How to Self Publish a Book

http://theinnerwriter.com/how-to-self-publish-a-book/

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06-17-2012 - Gifted kids being bullied; Fiona Apple; Confidence and Creating

06-17-2012 - Gifted kids being bullied; Fiona Apple; Confidence and Creating | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Latest edition of Developing Talent newsletter. Topics: Gifted kids being bullied; Fiona Apple; Confidence and Creating

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If We Remember More, Can We Read Deeper– and Create Better?

If We Remember More, Can We Read Deeper– and Create Better? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"What I was interested in was something far more specific: the application of memory, of these sorts of memory-enhancing techniques, to literature—and, on an even broader scale, to creativity. (A complete side-note: I find it fascinating that embodiment has the same effects on creativity as it does on memory."

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Book in the article: Joshua Foer. Moonwalking with Einstein  http://vsb.li/FbOMqM

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