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Our Messy Emotions and Being Creative


Does being calm or happy help us be creative? Does feeling sad or anxious always inhibit creative thinking?

Some researchers find that "mixing together both positive and negative emotions can help facilitate creativity" - as noted in the book "Wired to Create" - more on that below.

One example of a creative person with an emotionally complex life is humanitarian, actor and author Ashley Judd, who is also a United Nations / UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.

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Take A Shower or Watch Cows To Be Creative


Do you get creative ideas in the shower? Do you have any routines or schedules to help encourage your creative thinking and work? Many artists do.
But E. B. White (Stuart Little; Charlotte's Web, among other titles) cautioned:
"A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper."

Quoted in her Brain Pickings post The Daily Routines of Great Writers by Maria Popova.

She comments in a related post: "The notion that if only we could replicate the routines of great minds, we’d be able to reverse-engineer their genius is, of course, an absurd one — yet an alluring one nonetheless."

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Psychological Androgyny and Creative People


"A writer should be woman-manly or man-womanly..." Virgina Woolf

Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explains that psychological androgyny refers to "a person’s ability to be at the same time aggressive and nurturant, sensitive and rigid, dominant and submissive, regardless of gender.

"A psychologically androgynous person in effect doubles his or her repertoire of responses and can interact with the world in terms of a much richer and varied spectrum of opportunities.

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Does Being Neurotic Help Us Be More Creative?


Woody Allen admits he has “a lot of neurotic habits. I don’t like to go into elevators, I don’t go through tunnels, I like the drain in the shower to be in the corner and not in the middle.”

With so much psychology related material in the news and culture, we may be especially concerned with whether our behavior is a disorder, or normal - whatever that is - and if our eccentricities can help us be more creative somehow.

What about all those "crazy" artists in history?

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Being Sensitive But Rocking The Boat


Being creative is not some kind of personality trait; you need to have more than just creative ideas or innovative possibilities, you need to actually do something in the world: record that song, write a book or article, put together a smart phone app.

As author and entrepreneur Seth Godin says, “What you do for a living is not be creative, what you do is ship.”

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Writing To Give Your Reader Goosebumps


“Accessing your authentic message and writing your transformational book is one of the most powerful things you will ever do for yourself, your readers, your business and ultimately – the world.”

A profile notes Christine Kloser "teaches spiritual guidance and intuition along with nuts-and-bolts writing, publishing and marketing expertise."

In a post on one of her sites, she comments about a story contest for transformational authors to win a book publishing package with her publishing company.

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