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Dealing With Stage Fright and Public Speaking Fear

See more resources in my article "Dealing With Stage Fright and Public Speaking Fear" http://anxietyreliefsolutions.com/dealing-stage-fright-public-speaking-fear/

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Creative People and Trauma | TalentDevelop

Creative People and Trauma | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Pretty much all of us experience some kind of trauma in life. How does creative expression help people deal with it, to heal and recover? And how do people make use of traumatic experiences in their creative work?
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How to Stop Suffering: Morty Lefkoe at TEDxHoboken

How to Stop Suffering: Morty Lefkoe at TEDxHoboken | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Gaining more control of our emotions and thinking can release creativity. See full video and read about the work of Morty Lefkoe on changing limiting beliefs, in article: How Our Strong Feelings Get Conditioned http://talentdevelop.com/3488/how-our-strong-feelings-get-conditioned/

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Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime: Scientific American

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime: Scientific American | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity...
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Related articles:

Multiple Talents, Multiple Passions, Burnout http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/03/multiple-talents-multiple-passions-burnout/

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Living more fully without so much inner static http://talentdevelop.com/199/

Author and intuition consultant Nancy Rosanoff suggests encouraging the incubation period of the creative process by finding activities that will “take your mind off the problem…"

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The Power of Hidden Emotions | Personal Growth

The Power of Hidden Emotions | Personal Growth | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

“Unfelt feelings are the cause of virtually all negative life patterns. Including patterns in relationships, career, and health. Learning precisely how to feel unfelt emotions whether new or long-buried, is the key to finally breaking through.”  – Raphael Cushnir.

- See his video about his online program October 14th – November 22nd, 2013: The Hidden Power of Emotions.

 

 

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Rethinking Creativity and Depression

Rethinking Creativity and Depression | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Creativity coach and therapist Eric Maisel, PhD talks about “official” attitudes of many health professionals about some forms of human experience, such as depression, that get labeled as mental illness.

 

He says, “The mental health industry has its reasons for calling life’s challenges ‘disorders’ but we have few good reasons to collude with them.”

 

Other writers and psychologists talk about the presumed connection between mood disorders like depression, and creativity.

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Intelligence, Creativity and Mania

Intelligence, Creativity and Mania | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

by Eric Maisel, PhD. - 'The current naming system used to describe “mental disorders” is weak and suspect and perhaps so flawed as to be both useless and dangerous… and also leads to odd and wrong-headed hypotheses, for example “because you are bipolar you are creative” or “perhaps mania accounts for the higher test scores.”

One of his books: 'Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning'  http://goo.gl/J77pc

Photo: Stephen King has said: “I’ve taken off two months, three months at a time, and, by the end, I get really squirrelly. My night life, my dream life, gets extremely populated and crazed. It’s as though something in there is running all the time.” - From article: "Developing Creativity: Excitabilities – Our Teeming Brains" http://talentdevelop.com/1906/

 

 

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Powerful passage from text: "One study involving 700,000 adults and reported in the British Journal ofPsychiatry indicated that former straight-A students were four times more likely to be “bipolar” (or “manic-depressive”) than their peers. In another study individuals who scored the highest on tests for “mathematical reasoning” were at a 12-times greater risk for “contracting bipolar disorder.”"

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Andrew Solomon on depression and hope | Depression and Creativity

Andrew Solomon on depression and hope | Depression and Creativity | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
By his mid-twenties, Andrew Solomon earned international accolades for his work as a novelist, journalist and historian. At 31 he descended into a major depression. He was helped by a combination of family support, medications and talk therapy.
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Many find creativity engaging! 

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Learning to live with social anxiety | Highly Sensitive and Creative

Learning to live with social anxiety | Highly Sensitive and Creative | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Many actors say they were shy earlier in life, or even as adults, and find acting has helped them. But shyness may also be social anxiety.

 

According to a news story, “Shyness was an ongoing problem for Chris Cooper… While studying at the University of Missouri, he vowed to get ‘unblocked.’

 

“Taking dance classes at nearby Stephens College, he was one of only three men amid a roomful of women… Acting was another means of expression — ‘theater, as therapy,’ he says.

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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 | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

'Some of the titular outsiders featured in Alissa Quart’s new book, Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels, are crazy. That’s not a judgment; it’s a self-description: Among her diverse range of nonconforming subjects, Quart explores the “Mad Pride” movement, a group of people who reject the notion that their mental illnesses are disabilities.'

 

Alissa Quart’s new book: Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels. http://buff.ly/169QlGx

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PASSINGS: Lee Thompson Young

PASSINGS: Lee Thompson Young | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Lee Thompson Young in a scene from the TNT series "Rizzoli & Isles." Los Angeles police say his death is being investigated as a suicide"

 

Another article: 'A friend said a report linking Young's depression to his religion was "a gross mischaracterization."

 

'A better explanation, the friend said, is that Young was drawn to religion because he yearned for enlightenment and may have been "too sensitive" for this world.'


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/lee-thompson-young-leave-suicide-note-source-article-1.1431739

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See many posts related to creative people on my site Depression and Creativity http://depressionandcreativity.org/

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Post on my Highly Sensitive site: Winona Ryder: “Maybe I’m too sensitive for this world.”  http://highlysensitive.org/13/winona-ryder-maybe-im-too-sensitive-for-this-world/

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A link between intellectual functioning and schizophrenia |HighAbility

A link between intellectual functioning and schizophrenia |HighAbility | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Oxford scholar, Yale law student, and USC legal professor Elyn Saks revealed in her memoir some of the “horrors and demons of schizophrenia,” as described in the article A secret life of madness.

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Artists as Healers

Artists as Healers | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"The arts can give a life to the parts of ourselves that we often hide, or are scared to show in their most exploded forms. In a more traditional setting, like in a theater or a gallery, artistic work can give the audience a chance to escape from their own realities and give breath to the parts of themselves that feel touched or evoked by the piece."

 

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Author and artist SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) said she knows that art is healing “because of how it heals me and how I see it healing other people every day. Through art, we come alive through the deep connections to our souls and spirits. I’m talking about being ‘artists of life,’ not only visual artists. I believe there is an ‘art of living’ and that this art practiced heals each of us everyday in small and significant ways." - From my post Healing and art: SARK and others on abuse and creativity http://womenandtalent.com/78/

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» Do We Need to be Crazy to be Creative? - The Creative Mind

» Do We Need to be Crazy to be Creative? - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
The mythology of madness as a fuel for creativity continues to affect how we think of artists - and ourselves as creative people. How true is it?

 

“People who are getting into this archetype of the tortured poet end up really torturing themselves to death.” Sting

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Eric Maisel on Rethinking Depression

Introduced by Neseret Bemient, host of The Mental Health Telesummit, creativity coach and therapist Eric Maisel, PhD talks about "official" attitudes of many health professionals about some forms of human experience, such as depression, that get labeled as mental illness.

He thinks “There is something profoundly wrong with the way that we currently name and treat certain human phenomena." [From article "Rethinking Creativity and Depression" http://depressionandcreativity.org/139/ ]

In this brief audio clip he talks about ideas he also presents in his book "Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning". http://goo.gl/J77pc

Get his full-length [almost an hour] interview as part of the Mental Health Telesummit package of recordings by 12 presenters. More information at http://talentdevelop.com/MHT

 

 

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Madonna Opens Up About Sexual Assault, Religion, and Adoption

Madonna Opens Up About Sexual Assault, Religion, and Adoption | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Trigger Warning: This post contains the description of sexual assault and may be triggering to survivors.I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about comparing Miley Cyrus’ sexual antics to Madonna’s thought-provoking ways of the 1980s.
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Trauma takes many forms, and has different sources and levels of impact for each of us. See quotes by and about Sarah Polley, Halle Berry, Lady Gaga, will.i.am, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonathan Safran Foer and many others, in my article Creative People and Trauma http://talentdevelop.com/6550/

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Mental health court helps save a troubled talent from the street

Mental health court helps save a troubled talent from the street | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — Kim Knoble's past tracks an arc of promise, mental illness and descent into what her parents call "living hell." But Knoble is not homeless, in prison or dead — outcomes common with stories like hers.
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The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Scott Barry Kaufman |  “There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.” —Salvador Dali / "The romantic notion that mental illness and creativity are linked is so prominent in the public consciousness that it is rarely challenged. So before I continue, let me nip this in the bud: Mental illness is neither necessary nor sufficient for creativity."

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“So many good things have happened to me because of how unhealthy I’ve been mentally.” Producer, director Judd Apatow - in my article The upside of our dysfunctions http://talentdevelop.com/197/the-upside-of-our-dysfunctions/

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Paul Grout's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:30 AM
Madness and creativity: Do we need to be crazy? I believe that we do not need to be crazy to be creative, just open to new possibilities which may step out of the normal way of thinking. Thats what creativity is all about. Being flexible and allowing puzzles to be fixed together to form a representation of one's inner values and insights. Creative people are often dreamers and sometimes may appear to have lost touch of reality, which in turn may contribute towards a crazy appearance :) http://creativeflowevolution.com/ ;
Bernard Ryefield's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:39 PM

"...creative people include more events/stimuli in their mental processes than less creative people." "Because you never know: sometimes the most bizarre associations can turn into the most productively creative ideas."

"The latest research suggests that mental illness may be most conductive to creativity indirectly, by enabling the relatives of those inflicted to open their mental flood gates but maintain the protective factors necessary to steer the chaotic, potentially creative storm."

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Creative Anxiety | TalentDevelop

Creative Anxiety | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Creativity coach Eric Maisel asks, "Are you creating less often than you would like? Are you avoiding your creative work altogether? That’s anxiety."

 

Included is a brief video with his comments, plus related articles on recognizing and dealing the kinds of anxiety creative people may feel.

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Creativity and madness: High ability and mental health

Creativity and madness: High ability and mental health | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

The lives of many exceptionally talented people with mental health challenges illustrate not only the stresses of illness but also how they can be overcome.

 

Elyn Saks is a college valedictorian, Oxford scholar, Yale law student, USC legal professor – and a person with schizophrenia.

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If you aren’t in a positive mood, forget being creative

If you aren’t in a positive mood, forget being creative | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Want better, more original ideas? A good starting place is to consider what sort of mood you are in.

Via Barbara Kerr
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Book: Speed Thinking: How to Thrive in a Time-Poor World by Ken Hudson http://buff.ly/19WeXaK

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:04 PM

If we need another reason to be positive, here's an interesting one--it can boost creativity.

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» Therapy Helps Access Our Creative Inner Life - The Creative Mind

» Therapy Helps Access Our Creative Inner Life - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Many creative people have talked about how valuable it can be to use therapy or counseling for dealing with challenges, or to enhance self-understanding.

 

Maggie Gyllenhaal says she began therapy without a “specific, clear, rational thing” that made her start, “but as soon as I did, everything in my life changed, almost immediately.” She continued, “There’s another part of me working that isn’t the intellectual side – the unconscious – and that was not awake most of my life. Not actively. There were times when it would push through, but now I feel I’m really honoring it.”

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» Mental Health and Creative People: Self-Injury - The Creative Mind

» Mental Health and Creative People: Self-Injury - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Studies typically find that about 6-8 percent of adolescents and young adults report current, chronic self-injury. Most self-injure for emotional regulation.

 

“It’s like having a drink. But it’s quicker. You know how your brain shuts down from pain? The pain would be so bad, it would force my body to slow down, and I wouldn’t be as anxious. It made me calm.” Actor Christina Ricci

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Creative obsessions: Adam Savage and Stanley Kubrick | TalentDevelop

Creative obsessions: Adam Savage and Stanley Kubrick | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Is the kind of obsession many artists have a mental health problem, some sort of OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Or is it just part of creative work?

 

Adam Savage (of "MythBusters") relates how he collected thousands of images and documents, and crafted a beautiful museum-quality mounted skeleton of the defunct Dodo bird.

Another example: perfectionistic director Stanley Kubrick once had a photographer take pictures of every single building on a road in London, so he could lay them side-by-side in his living room.

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Why Creativity Now? A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson

Why Creativity Now? A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

One of the many stimulating comments by Ken Robinson: "The third misconception is that creativity is just about letting yourself go, kind of running around the room and going a bit crazy. Really, creativity is a disciplined process that requires skill, knowledge, and control. Obviously, it also requires imagination and inspiration."

 

 

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In one of my related posts: "Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?" - I include quotes of his, such as: "We are educating people out of their creativity. By the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity to take a chance. They have become frightened of being wrong." http://talentdevelop.com/69/sir-ken-robinson-do-schools-kill-creativity/

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Douglas Eby's curator insight, August 12, 2013 4:44 PM

In one of my related posts: "Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?" - I include quotes of his, such as: "We are educating people out of their creativity. By the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity to take a chance. They have become frightened of being wrong." http://talentdevelop.com/69/sir-ken-robinson-do-schools-kill-creativity/