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Kierkegaard on Anxiety & Creativity

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Timelessly fantastic: Kierkegaard on the relationship between anxiety and creativity.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, August 30, 2013 12:36 AM
In his 1844 treatise The Concept of Anxiety, Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) explains anxiety as the dizzying effect of freedom, of paralyzing possibility, of the boundlessness of one’s own existence — a kind existential paradox of choice.
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About Knowledge Broker

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In my professional life I serve as a knowledge broker to many people. 


A knowledge broker is a person who connects people and ideas by seeking information from a variety of industries, disciplines, and contexts.


The purpose of this site - Knowledge Broker - is to highlight and share novel and creative thinking that makes you go: Hmm….interesting


My personal aim is to provide you with stories you can learn and grow from. The kind of stories that provokes personal reflection and constructive action. 


You're welcome to connect via: 

 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kennethmikkelsen


Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KennethMikkelsen


Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeadershipABC

 

Enjoy!

 

Kenneth


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Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, January 3, 12:29 PM

are you a  knowledge broker?

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Top 10 Ways to Change Your Mindset

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Your mindset is everything; it forms your attitudes, moods, and ideas. It also forms your future; the success or the failure in your life depends on the ways you set your mindset. If you thought takes into the negative side, this will produce the negative result. While in positive, the result will be in positive as well. To change your mindset be always in positive thought. Here are 10 ways to go about it.

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How To Successfully Build A New Habit

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Understanding how to build new habits is essential for making progress in your health, your happiness, and your life in general. Here are the five principles.

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Susan Bender Phelps's curator insight, July 19, 8:48 AM

Many of our habits do not support our growth, development and success. Rather than break an old habit that doesn't work. Replace it with a new habit that does. This article shows you how in very digestible steps. Your mentoring partner is the perfect person to turn to for support as you develop your new habit.

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How to Find Yourself

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 My Advice: Letters to the Next Generation from People Who Know a Thing or Two is a compendium of sensitive, no-bullshit, luminous, life-tested letters of advice, including Martha Nussbaum on learning not to despise your inner world, Judith Butler on doubting love, and more contributions from such cultural icons as Mark Helprin, Lynda Barry, Katharine Hepburn,Cindy Sherman, George Saunders, Bette Davis, and William S. Burroughs.


Blog post by Maria Popova from Brain Pickings. 

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Leap Before You Think

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Before he began Apple, Steve Jobs spent seven months in India, something that is described in his biography by Walter Isaacson. In it, Jobs talks poetically about the difference between intellect and intuition.


“The people in the Indian countryside do not use their intellect like we do,” he said. “They use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world. Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect in my opinion.”


Jobs was not a fan of India. If he identified intuition as the one Indian thing that he wanted to emulate, that is worth considering. There are a few Sanskrit words for intuition: pratibha being the most common one. Developing intuition, discernment (or viveka) and wisdom (vijnana) have been Indian preoccupations for centuries.


Different cultures are obsessed with different things at different stages in their evolution. Japan, for instance, is obsessed with refinement and perfectionism. Singapore is obsessed with systems. China, with scale. The US, with innovation. Ancient Indians were obsessed with self-cultivation; to figure out “how God thinks”, as Albert Einstein said.


In a quote attributed to Einstein, he said:


“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”


Notice that this scientist used the word sacred - proving that the rational and the intuitive are not as disconnected as we make them out to be.


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Excellent article from Live Mint/Wall Street Journal about how to hone your intuitive powers. A recommended read. 

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The Joy of Stats

Documentary which takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power they have to change our understanding of the world, presented by superstar boffin Professor Hans Rosling, whose eye-opening, mind-expanding and funny online lectures have made him an international internet legend.


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Observation Skills May be Key Ingredient to Creativity

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The benefits of mindfulness, or being fully conscious and aware of one’s actions and surroundings, have been well documented by psychological scientists. Advantages include decreased risk of burnout at work, improved mental health, and smarter decision-making, according to recent studies. Now, researchers are turning their attention to a potential new connection: mindfulness and creativity.


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David Hain's curator insight, July 3, 2:14 AM

Funny how @LeadershipABC so often hits on a topic I'm thinking about! Check out this article from Brain Pickings for more on how to be an explorer of the world!

 http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/24/how-to-be-an-explorer-of-the-world-keri-smith/

Robin Martin's curator insight, July 4, 10:54 AM

Great article Bobby! Thanks for sharing! 

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Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others

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A new study from Harvard University reveals that the message parents mean to send children about the value of empathy is being drowned out by the message we actually send: that we value achievement and happiness above all else.

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The Importance of Doing Nothing

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In today’s networked society we are at risk of becoming victims of information overload. Introspection and reflection have become lost arts as the temptation to ‘just finish this’ or ‘find out that’ is often too great to resist. But working harder is not necessarily working smarter. In fact slacking off and setting aside regular periods of ‘doing nothing’ may be the best thing we can do to induce states of mind that nurture our imagination and improve our mental health.


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Wharton’s Adam Grant on the key to professional success

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The author of Give and Take explains why generosity in the workplace continues to be more effective than selfishness and why it is critical for personal fulfillment. 


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7 TED Talks On How We Make Choices

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For those of us who wish that the Jump to Conclusions Mat from "Office Space" was a real thing, some illuminating talks on why choices are so fraught and how we can make better ones.


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Great compilation of TED Talks on how we make choices.  

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How Mind-Wandering and “Positive Constructive Daydreaming” Boost Our Creativity and Social Skills

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In a recent paper titled “Ode to Positive Constructive Daydreaming,” published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, writer Rebecca McMillan and NYU cognitive psychologist Scott Kaufman, author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, revisit Yale psychologist Jerome L. Singer's work to deliver new insights into how the first style of Singer’s mind-wandering, rather than robbing us of happiness, plays an essential, empowering role in daily life and creativity.
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Sarah Lewis: Find Your Private Domain

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Much of modern creativity advice focuses on “getting your work out there” and networking with others.


In this talk, Sarah Lewis speaks to the importance of the private domain. Many of the greats, such as Susan Sontag, Albert Einstein, or Maya Angelou, made sure they carved out a special time and place for their craft. “Putting something out in the world,” says Lewis, “requires a temporary removal from it.” 


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The Troubling Flaws In How We Select Experts

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Organizations are constantly scouring the earth for the talent or perfect expert that will provide the fresh edge and perspective needed to overcome the challenging obstacles that stand in their way to the top. In their pursuit of excellence however, you may be shocked to learn the criteria they use to define credibility and expertise may be severely flawed.


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Sadly, it's human nature to overlook the talent nearest you and think an outsider can save the day.  


Why are recommendations perceived as bad ideas when suggested by employees, but suddenly brilliant when a lesser known individual suggests the same thing?


Why are these outsiders perceived to be more credible?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 28, 4:04 PM

I always wondered how it was done. It certainly does not make much sense in School who is promoted and privileged.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Suvi Salo's curator insight, July 28, 11:32 PM

In the words of Mark Twain, “An expert is an ordinary fellow from another town.”

Christine Capra's curator insight, Today, 1:53 PM

I think this also has to do with our delusional search for perfection.

 

The better we know one another, the more 'flaw's we see - we can only imagine getting something close to our ideal with the unknown.

 

And we're a culture that prefers the illusion of the ideal over the value in reality. 

 

So we'll choose an infinite stream of expensive 'honeymoon' phases to the grit of committing to the flawed known. In all kinds of realms. . .

 

To our detriment - imho.

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The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding

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With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.

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Excellent TED Talk by John Wooden. 

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Can Creativity Be Learned?

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Prevailing theories on creativity focus on methodology, or amount of practice. But two new studies suggest artistic talent may be more hard-wired than we thought.

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The first study, published in a recent issue of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, found that highly creative individuals have more activity in the part of the brain containing the ability to make original associations, to blend information from various scenarios and experiences (known as “conceptual integration”), and to understand complex metaphors and comparisons.


The second studypublished in the June 2014 edition of Creativity Research Journal, found that people who have brains that process information faster can also make more diverse connections and original associations, a hallmark of creativity. Because there’s not an obviously confounding relationship between information processing speed and creativity.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 17, 10:57 PM

Interesting analysis, but for most organisations creativity/innovation  is a process and anyone can play if they know their role!

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The “Digital Native,” a Profitable Myth

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Technology buzzwords, although annoying, often seem innocuous enough. They’re just catchy and trite enough to bleed into common usage, but just misleading and obfuscatory enough as to discourage deep analysis. Two of the most widespread buzzwords and phrases to escape the tech world and infiltrate our general lexicon are the couplet “digital native” and “digital immigrant.”


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An academic article from The British Journal of Educational Technology last year, which critically examined the discourse around “digital natives,” found that “rather than being empirically and theoretically informed, the debate can be likened to an academic form of a ‘moral panic.’” The authors found that the commonly made claims are largely under-researched or just plain wrong when compared to the data.

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Do People Choose Pain Over Boredom?

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People are unhappy in their own company and some prefer painful experiences to their own thoughts, a new study claims.

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The contentious paper, in the journal Science, argues we are not very good at enjoyable, recreational thought.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, July 7, 4:34 AM

A symptom of the need to be continually engaged and entertained. It seems we are no longer at peace with our own minds! 

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The Secret To Creativity, Intelligence, And Scientific Thinking

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Research shows that creativity and intelligence are linked with the physical connections in our brains. Here's how to connect the dots.

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Secrets of the Creative Brain

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A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ - and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. 

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David Hain's curator insight, June 28, 11:15 PM

'Some people see things others cannot, and they are right, and we call them creative geniuses. Some people see things others cannot, and they are wrong, and we call them mentally ill. And some people, like John Nash, are both.'

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What Is Original?

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When is copying flattery, when is it thievery, and when is it sheer genius? In this hour, TED speakers explore how sampling, borrowing, and riffing make all of us innovators.

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What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

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While many studies have focused on how mindfulness meditation affects newcomers to the practice, a new study out of the University of Pittsburgh examined the brains of long-time meditators specifically when they were not meditating. 


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MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s 'fight or flight' center, the amygdala, appears to shrink. This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress. As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex – associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making – becomes thicker.


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Flow, the secret to happiness

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Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow.


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Time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger.

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Persuasion: Fascinating Study Shows How To Open A Closed Mind

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What's the best way to persuade people to see things your way? Researchers considered this question and found an interesting answer - it involves keeping your mouth shut.
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Jason Leong's curator insight, June 22, 8:02 PM

"Our brains privilege visual information over any other kind. More processing power is devoted to it. Studies have shown that we understand images more quickly than words and remember them longer. When what we see conflicts with what we hear, our brains choose vision over sound."

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How To Tell If You Are Following Your Calling Or Just Feeding Your Ego

How To Tell If You Are Following Your Calling Or Just Feeding Your Ego | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Are you still searching for a job you love, so you will never have to work a day in your life? While an ego-driven career may result in success, staying true to yourself means listening to your calling. 


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malek's comment, June 14, 6:54 AM
an objective acid test.
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David Foster Wallace on Ambition

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You know, the whole thing about perfectionism. The perfectionism is very dangerous, because of course if your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything. Because doing anything results in– It’s actually kind of tragic because it means you sacrifice how gorgeous and perfect it is in your head for what it really is.


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