"Our body doesn't make a moral judgment about our feelings; it just responds accordingly." Doc Childre and Howard Martin in their book The HeartMath Solution. In addition to simply being more aware of how our body is responding to strong emotions, we can make use of biofeedback technology to deal with anxiety and stress.
Anxiety impacts many people, but may be especially prevalent and acute for those who are creative, gifted and highly sensitive. Psychotherapist Diana Pitaru writes, "Anxiety is a common emotion experienced by creative people and while some of the symptoms may be similar from one person to the next, how and when people experience anxiety differs widely."
As musician Alanis Morissette points out, “We’re taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they’re of equal value as happiness, excitement and inspiration.” The image is the character 'Sadness' in the wonderful movie Inside Out, which portrays how we can make positive use of all our emotions.
The host of the Psychotherapy 2.0 online training summit, Diane Poole Heller, PhD, notes: "We've brought together some of the most respected names in the field—visionaries such as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Diana Fosha, Jack Kornfield, Gay and Katie Hendricks, Steven Hayes, and Richard Schwartz."
Depending on how we look at it, stress can both stimulate and disrupt creativity. Many artists may use stressful situations and emotional turmoil in their creative work, but stress and emotions such as anxiety can interfere with creative thinking. Musicians including John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and many others have created "break-up" songs.
"The worst crime you can commit is telling the audience something they already know." Aaron Sorkin He also comments in the video below: "You should be evangelical about Aristotle's Poetics. If there is something wrong with your script, that is because you broke one of those rules."
How does fear affect our lives and creative work? Should we even try to "get over" the experience of fear? Actor Natalie Portman once commented: “Fear is intrinsic to everything you do as a creative person." Robert Maurer, PhD, a UCLA clinical psychologist, would probably agree. He has interviewed many successful actors, writers and other creative people, and researched social and neuropsychological aspects of achievement and creative expression for many years.
"I’m amazing for you, not because of you." Do you compare yourself to others, your life to other lives? That may be natural, even inevitable, since we live as social beings - but it can erode our self-esteem. Comedian, writer and actor Amy Schumer has related an experience that lowered esteem and confidence; maybe you can relate or find it is familiar:
Does Daydreaming Encourage Creative Thinking? There are many reports on the value of mind wandering to encourage creative thinking. But is daydreaming always helpful to be more creative?