Barbara Sher: Having Many Interests Is Not a Disorder

Do you have a wide range of passionate interests, even "too many"? Maybe you have never "settled down" into a well-defined career. Maybe you think you have ADHD - and maybe you do, but you may really be what Barbara Sher refers to as a Scanner.

In her video below, she notes it may not be the best term, and there are others such as “Polymath,” “Renaissance Soul,” or pejorative ones like “Dilettante.”

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Drumming and Brainwaves and Creativity

There are many personal reports and research studies on how meditation can help people be more creative.

For example, In his post 5 Keys To Freeing Up Creativity From David Lynch, David Silverman comments that multitalented artist and movie director David Lynch has "talked about freeing up his subconscious to write screenplays using TM [Transcendental Meditation].

"He believes the process helps him catch ideas on a deeper level. He feels meditation expands his consciousness, giving him access to more and deeper information, which make hunting ideas more exciting."

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Using Your Creative Voice

Do you express yourself creatively - or in other ways - as fully and authentically as you want? If you're like most of us, the answer is No. For one thing, our inner dialogue can be less than helpful or encouraging.

Author Pearl Cleage points out some of the ways our inner critic may dampen our creative voice:

"I think one of the things that writers and creative artists generally have to deal with is the censors that we have in our heads, the voices that we have that say you better not tell that and don't tell that, and people will think you're not a good girl, and your grandmother's going to be mad at you and all of those things." [via]

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Joss Stone – Artist and Empath

Psychologist Elaine Aron, PhD is perhaps the leading expert on high sensitivity, or more technically, sensory processing sensitivity.

She explains that the trait includes a higher level of empathy:

“Highly sensitive individuals are those born with a tendency to notice more in their environment and deeply reflect on everything before acting, as compared to those who notice less and act quickly and impulsively. As a result, sensitive people, both children and adults, tend to be empathic, smart, intuitive, creative, careful, and conscientious…”

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Creative Thinking

Art Is Being In The World

What is art? Where do you make it? Where do you show it?

How you think about those questions can impact how you see yourself as a creator, and what you do about being one.

Artist Robert Irwin, a pioneer of the Light and Space movement, in 1970 abandoned his studio practice.

In a recent interview, he comments:

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Are All Creative People Insecure?

Even people with exceptional creative talents and accomplishments can feel insecure.

Meryl Streep, for example, has said, “I have varying degrees of confidence and self-loathing…You can have a perfectly horrible day where you doubt your talent… Or that you’re boring and they’re going to find out that you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Over the years of reading biographies and doing interviews with many highly talented and creative people, it has often struck me how many of them talk about being self-critical, and feel insecure at times.

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Use Your Imagination

In her Harvard Commencement Address, author J.K. Rowling spoke about the "uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not" as "the fount of all invention and innovation."

She also noted the power of our imagination for understanding other people’s challenges. She worked for a time for Amnesty International, and says she used some of that experience in creating her ‘Harry Potter’ books.

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Fear and Your Writing

“It scared me sometimes when I was writing it; at times I had to stop—I frightened myself."

That is an admission by novelist A.M. Homes - see more of her quotes below.
If an aspect of your creative work scares or upsets you, should you change that part of the painting, or modify that design element in your performance, or stop exploring what that character is doing in your novel?
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