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Mariel Hemingway and Barbara Kopple on their documentary Running From Crazy

Mariel Hemingway and Barbara Kopple on their documentary Running From Crazy | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
The film "Running from Crazy" by Barbara Kopple is about the mental health challenges in the lives of family members of author Ernest Hemingway.

 

“Knowing that there’s so much suicide and so much mental illness in my family, I’ve always kind of been ‘running from crazy,’ worried that one day I’d wake up and be in the same position,” Mariel Hemingway said.

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The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems

The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
They're a reminder that mastery, membership, and meaning are the best motivators.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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HAS HAPPINESS PASSED YOU BY?

FIND HAPPINESS HELP AT;

www.happinesslifecoaching.com

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One of our primary tools as a creative person is imagination. But in his book "Stumbling on Happiness" Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert proposes that imagination may directly impact our sense of happiness in limiting or distorting ways. http://sco.lt/6q2fZ3
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Worth to read article by Harvard's Rosabeth Moss Kanter on motivating people. She argues that the most happy people she knows "are dedicated to deaing with the most difficult problems." Therefore, in order to get the most out of their people, high-innovation companies apply three "sources of motivation": mastery, membership, and meaning.

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The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better

The science behind meditation, and why it makes you feel better | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Meditation yields a surprising number of health benefits, including stress reduction, improved attention, better memory, and even increased creativity and feelings of compassion.
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Here are a couple of programs for meditation, on my Personal Growth Information site:

http://personalgrowthinformation.com/category/meditation/

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7 Myths Of Meditation, BUSTED

7 Myths Of Meditation, BUSTED | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Despite the growing popularity of meditation, prevailing misconceptions about the practice are a barrier that prevents many people from trying meditation and receiving its profound benefits for the body, mind, and spirit.
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List of Meditation and mindfulness articles:
http://www.talentdevelop.com/articlelive/categories/Meditation-and-mindfulness/
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Conversations with Hattie

Conversations with Hattie | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Hattie x. "Being diagnosed with Manic Depression felt like being given a death sentence at the time (though it wasn't I would duly discover), whilst realizing I was highly sensitive was like coming home, finally discovering who I was and having answers to many many questions as to how I was in the world and who I fundamentally was as a person."

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Related post: Giftedness, sensitivity and psychiatric drugs: why do we take them and why do we quit? By Cat Robson.

 

"The mental suffering of sensitive, creative and divergent children and adults is real. Existential depression, loneliness, and emotional overwhelm are very real, as are the complications arising from our use of behaviors and substances to alleviate our suffering. These experiences don’t require a diagnosis of mental illness in order to be taken seriously. And treating our suffering doesn’t need to include tampering with our highly sensitive brains."

http://talentdevelop.com/3898/

 

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Creative People and Madness

http://talentdevelop.com/creative-people-personality-and-mental-health-webinar/#madness - Many mental health challenges and myths relate to creative thinking...
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Dealing Well With Life

Dealing Well With Life | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Eric Maisel, Ph.D., explains why emotional health is actually the ability to deal effectively with the problems that life throws your way.

 

"As odd as it sounds, emotional health is a certain sort of ability.  It is the ability to deal well with life. If someone criticizes you and you fall apart, that extreme reaction signals that you don’t have all the “coping skills” or “inner resources” you need."

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Mindful Solutions CD for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Mindful Solutions CD for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"I feel that the CDs are an excellent, timely resource for clients struggling with mental health issues. They are concise, relevant, and easy to listen to. I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients.” ~ A. Kraisosky, M.D., Psychiatrist

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Creative Intensity Or Madness? - DesignTAXI.com

Creative Intensity Or Madness? - DesignTAXI.com | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

“If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman.”—Socrates

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Related post: Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

The mythology of the mad artist continues in various forms, supported to some extent by research.

http://talentdevelop.com/3423/madness-and-creativity-do-we-need-to-be-crazy/

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Cindy Hartman's curator insight, April 8, 2013 8:14 PM

ADHD traits are similar to traits seen in highly creative persons and often, highly creative people are found to have ADHD. The ENTP personality, the  “inventor”, the “artist”, the “writer”, the “actor”… Think daydreamer and poet, Robert Frost or the “addled” inventor Thomas Edison… And then there is da Vinci and his scant 17 paintings over the course of 67 years. Some of da Vinci’s paintings were never even finished because his interests were “many and diverse” Classic ADHD. Creativity is born of original thought. ADDers have minds that put things together in new and different ways. Adders and creatives have the enviable ability to think abstractly, outside the proverbial box. Novel ideas and approaches abound. These folks are often quirky, unconventional, off-the-wall. Madness? You decide!

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International Bipolar Foundation Essay Contest

International Bipolar Foundation Essay Contest | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
 The International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) - as part of its mission to erase stigma associated with mental illness through public education - have launched a global essay contest open to all high school students Internationally. 
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Psychologist Cheryl Arutt on Creativity, Sensitivity and Suffering

http://innertalentinterviews.com/72/ - Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in creative artist issues. This is an excerpt from a much longer audio interview.

 

 

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Also see post: Pain and suffering and developing creativity
http://talentdevelop.com/2810/pain-and-suffering-and-developing-creativity/

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Feelings and Emotions and Creativity - Developing Multiple Talents

Feelings and Emotions and Creativity - Developing Multiple Talents | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 40 years.” Ouiser Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine), in Steel Magnolias (1989).

 

In his book The Art of Happiness, The Dalai Lama claims “Whether one believes in religion or not, the very purpose of our life, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.”

 

But many of us aren’t so sure about that notion.

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New Study Links Childhood Bullying to Adult Psychological Disorders, Surprising Even the Study's Authors

New Study Links Childhood Bullying to Adult Psychological Disorders, Surprising Even the Study's Authors | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
A significant study from Duke, out today, provides the best evidence we’ve had thus far that bullying in childhood is linked to a higher risk of psychological disorders in adulthood. The results came as a surprise to the research team.
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Related post: Creative People and Trauma
http://talentdevelop.com/6550/creative-people-and-trauma/

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Creative People and Anxiety

There are many different kinds of anxiety which can prevent people from being as creative as they could otherwise be.
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I think my creativity is born from my anxiety.
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Idaho Mountain Express: Mariel Hemingway is no longer ‘running from crazy'

Idaho Mountain Express: Mariel Hemingway is no longer ‘running from crazy' | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Actress and Ketchum local Mariel Hemingway takes an unflinching look at the potential causes of her family’s dysfunction through interviews in a new documentary film, “Running From Crazy,” which won a Best of Festival second screening last weekend at the second annual Sun Valley Film Festival. The film is directed by Barbara Kopple."

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Read quote from her new book (with Bobby Williams): "The WillingWay: Stepping Into the Life You're Meant to Live" on "what thoughts will be guiding our new day."

https://www.facebook.com/PersonalGrowthInfo/posts/241859482625452

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Guided imagery and meditation: the Relaxing Rhythms Program

Guided imagery and meditation: the Relaxing Rhythms Program | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Meditation is hard work. If you’re expecting it to bring instant peace, forget about it. What you get instead is a face-to-face meeting with all the stuff tumbling around in your busy brain…Over the years I’ve learned to react to it less, and to give my thoughts more space." Joan Borysenko, PhD.

 

She is among the teachers in the Relaxing Rhythms Guided Training Program by leaders in the field of health and wellness: Doctors Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish and Andrew Weil.

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Creative People and Madness

A number of mental health challenges and myths relate to creative people.
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Cindy Hartman's curator insight, April 8, 2013 8:13 PM

ADHD traits are similar to traits seen in highly creative persons and often, highly creative people are found to have ADHD. The ENTP personality, the  “inventor”, the “artist”, the “writer”, the “actor”… Think daydreamer and poet, Robert Frost or the “addled” inventor Thomas Edison… And then there is da Vinci and his scant 17 paintings over the course of 67 years. Some of da Vinci’s paintings were never even finished because his interests were “many and diverse” Classic ADHD. Creativity is born of original thought. ADDers have minds that put things together in new and different ways. Adders and creatives have the enviable ability to think abstractly, outside the proverbial box. Novel ideas and approaches abound. These folks are often quirky, unconventional, off-the-wall. Madness? You decide!

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The Emotional Wellness Habit

The Emotional Wellness Habit | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Eric Maisel. "Although we’ve lost this way of looking at personality, at one time it was assumed that a full quarter of human beings were born “melancholic.” Whether that view is accurate or not there’s no reason to assume that we don’t come into the world with some hard-wired proclivities, including for some of us a vulnerability to sadness."

 

 

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See more articles by Eric Maisel

http://talentdevelop.com/articlelive/authors/45/Eric-Maisel

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Our Shadow Self

Our Shadow Self | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Carl Jung: “The shadow is the negative side of the personality, the sum of all those unpleasant qualities we like to hide.

 

“I think many of us feel like we must wear a happy face all the time and overlook the cracks. This is not true. You can own the cracks, be with them, listen to what they have to tell you, and use them.”

Speaker/ writer/ coach/ therapist Ane Axford

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Regulating Our Emotions To Be More Creative – Part 3 - The Creative Mind

Regulating Our Emotions To Be More Creative – Part 3 - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything…whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.”

Tina Turner


Gaining more awareness and mastery of our feelings can help us live with a higher level of well-being, and be more fully and freely creative.

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From “Depressed” to “Deep Rest” – Depression as a Call to Spiritual Awakening by Jeff Foster

From “Depressed” to “Deep Rest” – Depression as a Call to Spiritual Awakening by Jeff Foster | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

This is by far the most refreshing view of depression I’ve ever come across.I love Jeff’s understanding and explanation of the “deeper meaning” of depression."

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There are some very interesting perspectives on depression, such as Stanford University research which concluded that "a sample of children with bipolar disorder and children at high risk for the disease score higher on a creativity index than healthy children.” - From post: Does Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?
http://thecreativemind.net/332/does-depression-help-us-to-be-more-creative/

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UltimateTest.org - Dr. Cheryl Arutt

UltimateTest.org (http:www.ultimatetest.org) Proudly presents Dr. Cheryl Arutt (http://www.drcherylarutt.com) Psychological Expert/ Panelist on CNN Newsroom,...
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Also see interview: Psychologist Cheryl Arutt on Mental Health and Creative People - Dr. Arutt notes our "flaws and quirks are some of the most interesting things about us" and concludes that creative people need to show self-compassion and take care of themselves -- that you "can't protect the art without protecting the artist." She also emphasizes that whether or not you use difficulties in life for art, "Your pain is a part of you, but you are not your symptoms; you are so much more."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k0T1fv4yzE&list=PLssCE11cbAfzDR47DSKXt4H7lr0l9kad4&index=1

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Affect Regulation and the Creative Artist

Affect Regulation and the Creative Artist | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D.
Creating art has always been a way to channel emotional intensity.

 

In a world where destructive acting out is all too frequent (and meticulously documented and sensationalized on the news and TMZ), sublimating painful feelings by expressing them in the form of artistic expression allows the artist to choose to “act out” in a way that is constructive.

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Tapping into the power of mindfulness

Tapping into the power of mindfulness | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Companies including Google Inc. and General Mills Inc. are embracing mindfulness training with the aim of making their workforces less reactive, more resilient — even more creative.

 

 

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Related product: Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression – CD program by Elisha Goldstein, PhD
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» Taking Care of Yourself When You’re Depressed - World of Psychology

» Taking Care of Yourself When You’re Depressed - World of Psychology | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Self-care is often the last thing on your mind when you’re struggling with depression. It takes energy and “a sense that you want to be around tomorrow”

 

Deborah Serani, Psy.D, a clinical psychologist who’s experienced depression since childhood, described the fatigue as a “knuckle-dragging, heavy-limbed, bone-weary, energy-zapping exhaustion.” Depression also causes groggy and slow thinking, “which makes it hard to kick-start problem solving skills.”

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Related site: Depression and Creativity

http://depressionandcreativity.org/

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