Creative Thinking

Your Relationship With Agents & Managers

One of the most difficult tasks ahead of aspiring screenwriters is finding representation. Agents in today’s screenwriting marketplace are so busy scratching and clawing to get their established writers work, they have little time to grow “baby writers” who may or may not ever sell anything. Adding to this is a troubling trend among the...
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Addictions

Is Addiction an Intimacy Disorder?

In his popular 2015 TED talk, “Everything You Think You Know about Addiction is Wrong,” journalist Johann Hari discusses research into the underlying causes of and effective treatments for addiction, ultimately concluding, “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection.” While Hari is not a scientist and he tends to overgeneralize in his presentation, making it relatively easy to nitpick, his belief...
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General

Helping Adult Children of Mentally Ill Mothers

I’m not a psychotherapist. But I’ve sat in front of one. It took me decades to find the chair in front of the psychotherapist and maybe that’s got something to do with me being the adult child of a schizophrenic mother. I think it took me a long time to
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Five Tips to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

If you’re an introvert like me, who sees any “confidence boosting'” tip online as the tastiest link bait in the online ocean, you’ll have read this common piece of advice: “Fake it ’til you make it.” Right? Of course! That’s what we have to do to appear more confident: just
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What Happens to Compulsive Shoppers?

A little shopping can be a healthy pick-me-up. For some people, though, the desire to buy becomes an outright compulsion that causes serious problems in their lives. It’s estimated that about 5 percent of adults are compulsive shoppers. The financial problems and stress that come with compulsive buying can wreak
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Stop Procrastinating!

Yes, I know, yelling at yourself to stop procrastinating always works. Actually, yelling at yourself is the worst thing to do. You already know when you're procrastinating, and deep down, you feel lousy about it. So what can you do?
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