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Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings

Abstract<p>Adults and children are spending more time interacting with media and technology and less time participating in activities in nature. This …

The surprising habits of original thinkers

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take …

TED Talks

The Rise of the New Groupthink - The New York Times

Rewind to March 1975: Mr. Wozniak believes the world would be a better place if everyone had a user-friendly computer. This seems a distant dream — most computers are still the size of minivans, and many times as pricey. But Mr. Wozniak meets a simpatico band of engineers that call themselves the …

What Makes a Hero: Joseph Campbell’s Seminal Monomyth Model for the Eleven Stages of the Hero’s Journey, Animated

“It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward.”<p>Nearly four decades before <b>Joseph Campbell</b> (March 26, 1904–October 30, 1987) refined his enduring ideas on how to find your bliss and have fulfilling life, the legendary …

Mythology

Why You Should Write (Even If It Feels Like Nobody Is Listening)

<b>1. You owe it to yourself</b> to live a life that is driven by self-exploration rather than self-doubt.<p><b>2. As Joan Didion once said, "Writing is the only way I can make sense of what I think."</b> It's cathartic. It's healthy. It's fun.<p><b>3. When you were a kid, did you do your favorite hobbies for validation</b> …

Does mental illness enhance creativity?

It’s widely held that it does – but what does the evidence say?<p>Everyone can cite famous people from Vincent Van Gogh and Virginia Woolf to Tony Hancock and Robin Williams, who were exceptionally creative and experienced mental health problems. There are so many examples that it seems obvious that …

Creativity

How to Find Your Hidden Creative Genius

Finding your creative genius is easy: do the work, finish something, get feedback, find ways to improve, show up again tomorrow. Repeat for ten …

Positive Thinking

3 Ways To Train Yourself To Be More Creative

Creativity isn't a talent you either have or you don't, it's a skill that you can build with these practices.<p>What makes someone good at their job? Talent or skill?<p>According to research by Stanford professor Carol Dweck and her colleagues many people believe that people’s performance reflects either …

How to Free Your Innate Creativity

Creativity can feel like an accident. Suddenly, out of nowhere a novel idea shows up in conscious thought and we’ve solved that persistent problem. Or, after days of staring at a blank page, words fly off our fingertips and we’ve written that perfect blog post or editorial. Some attribute …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

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.<p>Eddie Opara<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of …

How frustration can make us more creative | Tim Harford

Challenges and problems can derail your creative process ... or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the …

Creativity

To Anyone Who Thinks They're Falling Behind In Life

You don't need more motivation. You don't need to be inspired to action. You don't need to read any more lists and posts about how you're not doing enough.<p>We act as if we can read enough articles and enough little Pinterest quotes and suddenly the little switch in our brain will put us into action. …

Self-improvement

How to build a life of inspiration in four easy steps

<i>“We are influenced by drives to which we have little access, and which we never would have believed had not the statistics laid them bare.”</i> – David …

Creativity

18 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Great artists, writers and innovators may have "messier minds."<p>Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly …

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The Creative Life

How is the life of a creative person—an artist, a designer, a composer—related to his or her work? This week, we’ve brought together stories from the archive that explore that question. Some, like Janet Malcolm’s Profile of the painter David Salle, speak to the elusiveness of the artist’s “real” …

Art

The Perils of Plans: Why Creativity Requires Leaping into the Unknown

<i>“Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind,”</i> I offered in one of my 7 lessons from 7 years of <i>Brain Pickings</i>. Indeed, nothing stunts growth more powerfully than our attachment to the familiar, our blind adherence to predetermined plans, and our inability to, as Rilke famously put …

Big Magic: Elizabeth Gilbert on Creative Courage and the Art of Living in a State of Uninterrupted Marvel

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”<p><i>“When you’re an artist,”</i> Amanda Palmer wrote in her magnificent manifesto for the creative life, <i>“nobody ever tells you or hits you with the magic wand of legitimacy. You have to hit your own head with your own</i> …

Creativity

What Really Matters at the End of Life

Paliative care physician and Zen Hospice Project founder <b>BJ Miller</b> on what really matters at the end of life – one of the most moving and important TED talks of all time.<p>Parts of me died early on, and that’s something we can all say one way or another. I got to redesign my life around this fact, and …

Culture

The Gruen transfer

Dear Artist,<p>The Cycladic island of Naxos is dotted with white, cube-shaped houses clumped along the hillside in spaced, diminishing lineups or …

Famous Procrastinators

<b>The Dalai Lama</b><p>Tenzin Gyatso is better known these days as the 14th Dalai Lama, a great spiritual leader who travels the world advocating for the …

Procrastination

The Power of Unconditional Love: How Oliver Sacks’s Beloved Aunt Shaped His Life and Inspired His Courageous Dance with Death

“I shall hope against hope that you may weather this misery, and be restored again to the joy of full living.”<p>The history of creative culture is strewn with silent supporters whose unconditional love and encouragement have carried artists and thinkers to greatness. Although practical help can be …

Literature

Two tips to invoke your creativity.

Invoke your creativity.<p>Funny thing, creativity. If you’re in a creative kind of job you depend on it to show up for you every single day, yet it …

Why weird experiences boost creativity

Creative people think differently. But why? There is no magic bullet or single pill. We all have the <i>potential</i> for creativity, but there are so many …

Legendary Songwriter Carole King on Inspiration vs. Perspiration and How to Overcome Creative Block

To call <b>Carole King</b> one of the most successful female songwriters of all time, while correct, would be a disservice to the fact that she is one of the most successful, innovative, creatively courageous <i>any</i> songwriters of all time — something her four Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll …

May 20, 1990: Advice on Life and Creative Integrity from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

‘Tis the season for glorious life advice dispensed by cap-and-gown-clad elders to cap-and-gown-clad youngsters, emanating a halo effect of timeless wisdom the rest of us can absorb any day, at any stage of life. On May 20, 1990, <b>Bill Watterson</b>, creator of the beloved <b>Calvin and Hobbes</b> comic strip, …

A Peek Inside the Notebooks of Famous Authors, Artists and Visionaries – Page 4

10 Rules for Creative Projects from Iconic Painter Richard Diebenkorn

On a recent visit to the <b>Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966</b> exhibition at San Francisco’s De Young fine arts museum, I was taken with a small, simple sheet of paper handed to visitors, printed on which were the artists’ ten rules for beginning a painting — a sort of manifesto that …