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Information and inspiration: psychology & creativity. http://talentdevelop.com
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Living the Creative Life

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By Eric Maisel, PhD

People often ask me how they can become more creative. By this they mean many different things; even if they meant just one thing, there would still be many different kinds of answers. For one person, the answer might be "worry less." For another person, the answer might be "grow wilder." For a third, it might be "be braver." For a fourth, it might be "somehow find the time."

But whatever else you might need to do, one thing that will help you grow more creative is consciously engaging in new explorations.

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Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement

Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"Why instilling admiration for hard work rather than raw talent is the key to fostering a well-adjusted mind."

 

Stephen Grosz writes: "Nowadays, we lavish praise on our children. Praise, self-confidence and academic performance, it is commonly believed, rise and fall together. But current research suggests otherwise — over the past decade, a number of studies on self-esteem have come to the conclusion that praising a child as ‘clever’ may not help her at school.

 

"In fact, it might cause her to under-perform. Often a child will react to praise by quitting — why make a new drawing if you have already made ‘the best’? Or a child may simply repeat the same work — why draw something new, or in a new way, if the old way always gets applause?"

His book: The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz. http://shrd.by/emTSPf

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Don’t We Need Confidence To Be More Creative?
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Carol Dweck on the growth mindset
http://talentdevelop.com/176/carol-dweck-on-the-growth-mindset/

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The Creative College Student

The Creative College Student | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

by Lisa Rivero. 'Historian, educator, and author Ken Bain reminds us that the “why” of learning can be as important as “how.” His book What the Best College Students Do differentiates between three types of learning: surface learning (doing enough memorization to get by), strategic learning (aiming primarily for high grades and honors), and deep learning (autonomous striving for meaning)...'

 

 

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A Parent's Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents, by Lisa Rivero. http://shrd.by/eygjRN

What the Best College Students Do by Ken Bain. http://shrd.by/OQXe4G

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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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Orna Ross on Developing the Creative Personality

Orna Ross on Developing the Creative Personality | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Creative people may be too aware of problems, and engage in self-blame and criticism, but are often not aware enough of their creative abilities.
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Marci Segal, MS's comment, September 13, 2013 8:23 AM
Doug - I appreciate the sentiment, and still have this nagging belief that all people are 'creative'. Hard to swallow a differentiation that some are and others not.
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» Myths Of Creativity in Business - The Creative Mind

» Myths Of Creativity in Business - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

There are a number of myths related to developing creativity that psychologist Teresa Amabile (Harvard Business School) has found in her research.

 

1. Creativity Comes From Creative Types

2. Money Is a Creativity Motivator ...

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Identity and creating - aren't we all freaks or outsiders? | TalentDevelop

Identity and creating - aren't we all freaks or outsiders? | TalentDevelop | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Rashida Jones has noted, “I am very light-skinned and I don’t look like I have a black parent… I’d show up to a casting and the casting director would be visibly relieved and would tell me: `You don’t really look that black at all’… “I used to take...
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So often, being an outsider results from appearing to belong (superficially), but the inner self--the values, interests, abilities, skills, sexuality, racial/ethnicity--contradicts what people had inferred from your appearance. People are outsiders when they recognize this or suffer from this "contradiction to expectations".

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Getting beyond impostor feelings | TalentDevelop

Getting beyond impostor feelings | TalentDevelop | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Many talented and creative people experience impostor feelings and beliefs about themselves, despite their accomplishments. But those beliefs can change.

 

Actor Emma Watson commented about impostor feelings:

“It’s almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because I’m just going, Any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud, and that I don’t deserve any of what I’ve achieved."

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Developing Creativity newsletter

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Why stop being creative just because you grow up?

Talent Development Resources sites
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Developing Creativity newsletter
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Photo: paint by numbers! - By originallittlehellraiser
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15029927@N05/4638127060/

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Developing Creativity newsletter - Aug 30, 2013

Developing Creativity newsletter - Aug 30, 2013 | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
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Photo: J.K. Rowling - from article: Shy or Introverted or Highly Sensitive in the Arts.

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Unblocking Creative Flow-Erin Cressida Wilson

Unblocking Creative Flow-Erin Cressida Wilson | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Psychotherapist Barry Michels talks with Erin Cressida Wilson, a playwright, screenwriter, professor, and author known for the 2002 film Secretary. She also wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. Video clip is from a Google Hangout for the book "The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower" by Phil Stutz, Barry Michels. http://buff.ly/14PxtgD

 

 

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Also see post: Sexuality and Screenwriting – Erin Cressida Wilson on “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus” http://theinnerwriter.com/13/

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» Shy or Introverted in the Arts - The Creative Mind

» Shy or Introverted in the Arts - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Many actors, writers and other creative people are considered shy or introverted, or identify themselves as one or both. They are not the same thing, of course, although many people may talk about others, or themselves, as “shy” when they are perhaps introverted.

 

"To my immense frustration, I didn’t have a pen that worked, and I was too shy to ask anybody if I could borrow one…” J.K. Rowling about first developing "Harry Potter."

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3 Creative Lessons From The Amateurs, Rebels, And Dreamers Of Outsider Subcultures

3 Creative Lessons From The Amateurs, Rebels, And Dreamers Of Outsider Subcultures | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"Some of the titular outsiders featured in Alissa Quart’s new book...are crazy."

 

"Even if you don’t consider yourself an outsider or a rebel, Quart’s book has several lessons for creative work, particularly when it comes to making art outside a heavily commercial system."

 

Her book: Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels. http://buff.ly/169QlGx

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Alissa Quart read at age 3, wrote her first novel when she was 7, and “writes about pressures put on children, especially gifted children and prodigies, that encourage perfectionism, performance anxiety and lifelong feelings of not being able to keep up.” - From post: Failure and personal growth and achievement http://talentdevelop.com/1146/

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Anaïs Nin on Writing and Creativity: Wisdom from a Rare 1947 Chapbook

Anaïs Nin on Writing and Creativity: Wisdom from a Rare 1947 Chapbook | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"It is in the movements of emotional crisis that human beings reveal themselves most accurately."

"While we refuse to organize the confusions within us we will never have an objective understanding of what is happening outside."

 

"Today a novelist’s preoccupation with inner psychological distortions does not stem from a morbid love of illness but from a knowledge that this is the theme of our new reality."

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book: The Diary Of Anais Nin by Anais Nin http://buff.ly/15gvOGB

Creative People and Mental Health: Interview with Psychologist Cheryl Arutt http://thecreativemind.net/203/

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» Don’t We Need Confidence To Be More Creative? - The Creative Mind

» Don’t We Need Confidence To Be More Creative? - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Psychologists note that confidence can have negative aspects - and low confidence may have benefits.

 

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, PhD, is a Professor of Business Psychology at University College London and a visiting Professor at New York University.

A summary of his book Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt says it “reveals the benefits of low confidence (including being more motivated and self-aware)…” Hear audio interview...

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Daniel H. Pink from The Science of Thriving virtual conference

Daniel H. Pink excerpt from The Science of Thriving virtual conference on making a bigger impact with your creative work. Sign up for free for live presentations (September 16-20, 2013) and recordings at http://bit.ly/19YUD7T


He is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller "To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others" http://buff.ly/1ejOZSW

 

 

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Ricky Gervais Tells A Story About How He Learned To Write

Ricky Gervais Tells A Story About How He Learned To Write | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
In this first installment of Creation Stories Ricky Gervais shares a doozy about an early indelible writing lesson.
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http://www.fastcocreate.com/3016916/creation-stories/ricky-gervais-tells-a-story-about-how-he-learned-to-write
It may be advice often given to writers, but is the idea to “write what you know” always understood, and valuable for creating good work? Writer Nathan Englander says that 'write what you know’ is one of the best and most misunderstood pieces of advice, ever. “It paralyzes aspiring authors into thinking that authenticity in fiction means thinly veiled autobiography." - From post: Should You Write What You Know? http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2013/01/should-you-write-what-you-know/

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» Your Creative Mind with Learning Differences - The Creative Mind

» Your Creative Mind with Learning Differences - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Many researchers and artists say ADHD and other learning differences are forms of neurodiversity that can actually benefit creative expression.

 

Painter Chuck Close says, “In the 40s or 50s no one knew from learning disabilities; I was just dumb. I learned early on that since I wasn’t athletic, I couldn’t run or throw or catch a ball, I needed to do something to keep people around me. I began to realize that one of the things I could do that my friends couldn’t do was draw.”

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How to write like... David Lynch

How to write like... David Lynch | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Riding Hood After 7 Fairy Tale Pastiches - part 2 Second in a series of 7 Pastiches of Little Red Riding Hood in the style of my favourite authors. Today I give you another retelling of the Red Rid...
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Also see quotes by David Lynch in my article Multitalented Creative People
http://developingmultipletalents.com/multitalented-actors-and-other-artists/

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Elephants in the Room of Creativity and Innovation Talk

Elephants in the Room of Creativity and Innovation Talk | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
If you feel like you know “how creativity REALLY works” don’t read this article – it might kill your vibe.
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Milena Fisher makes the point: "creativity requires constant and steady progress." One of the corrosive myths of creativity is that you need to be "gifted" or "inspired" to be productively creative. As Malcolm Gladwell writes about the "10,000 hours of deliberate practice" idea, "What [researchers] Simon and Chase wrote forty years ago remains true today. In cognitively demanding fields, there are no naturals.” - From my article Outliers and developing exceptional abilities http://highability.org/113/

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Conformity and creativity | TalentDevelop

Conformity and creativity | TalentDevelop | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"The worship of convention will never lead to astonishment." Tama J. Kieves

 

Many artists and creative leaders in various fields are unconventional, embracing unique thinking, following their own path. Not conforming.

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Carol Sanford's curator insight, September 3, 2013 11:48 AM

Love this quote. That is the philosophy of The Responsible Entrepreneur Institute. Revealing uniqueness, we think it is Essence, is the foundation of all great businesses, products, campaigns, worker contribution and happy lives. www.ResponsibleTrep.com Get Your Essence On!

Karen Goldfarb Copywriter's curator insight, September 3, 2013 7:50 PM

"If you spend too much time being like everybody else, you decrease your chances of coming up with something different." Ain't that the truth...

David Hain's curator insight, September 4, 2013 2:54 AM

Great quote, excellent short article with good links!

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Apps for Multiple Intelligences

Apps for Multiple Intelligences | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Get recommended app lists, webcasts and resources selected by Apple Distinguished Educators. Our recommended apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Andrew Aker's curator insight, September 5, 2013 5:55 AM

This site is great for multiplying your multiple intelligences! 

David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 10, 2013 8:58 AM

Thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas.

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Dealing with fame - or not | The Inner Actor

Dealing with fame - or not | The Inner Actor | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Many actors have an ambivalent attitude about gaining or pursuing celebrity status, and fame can have very negative impacts.

 

Jennifer Lawrence notes fame is “a dangerous topic” and comments about how assaultive and how much negative impact it can have...

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Unblocking Creative Flow-AdamMcKay

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Phil Stutz, Barry Michels talk with Writer / Producer / Actor Adam McKay about the book The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower by Phil Stutz, Barry Michels. http://buff.ly/14PxtgD

 

 

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How to help your child cultivate creativity - Metro.us

How to help your child cultivate creativity - Metro.us | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Julia Cameron notes “Children are naturally creative, and their gifts can be anything. We need to stop thinking in terms of the future and start thinking about what makes them happy now."

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The Artist's Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively. - [The book] "focuses on creative cultivation, where we consciously — and playfully — put our children on a healthy creative path toward the future.” — Julia Cameron http://buff.ly/151xJyV

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Paul Grout's curator insight, August 23, 2013 3:08 AM

I am always grateful for being given the opportunity to nuture my creativity when I was a child. Because it has given me the strength and driving force to overcome many obstacles towards my life acheivements. I desire to inspire others to keep on track of their creative paths. Thank you for sharing this with us. http://creativeflowevolution.com/

 
tamara's curator insight, August 24, 2013 4:03 PM

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