Thanks for reading my articles here on Psych Central. The Creative Mind blog started in 2012, and you can still read archives. I have decided to concentrate on my own network of sites for exploring the inner life, personal growth and success of creative people.
Art Can Transform, Heal and Nurture Self-discoveryCreative expression can transform our painful reactions to traumatic situations, providing renewed strength of our identity and a way to give voice to difficult feelings.
How can being more playful help us be more creative?Actor John Cleese (who has made a career of being playful in the “Monty Python” series and a number of movies) has referred to research by the late UC Berkeley psychologist Donald MacKinnon, who studied creativity in different groups of people. His research looked at differences between highly creative architects and those with less ability or achievement. Cleese summarized the difference between the two groups:
How do you portray strong emotions in art such as movies?Actor Kristen Stewart took on that challenge in her short film 'Come Swim' shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May, 2017 and talks about how it evolved:
Creative work can be deeply rewarding, but also physically and emotionally challenging.The photo is Juliette Binoche in her movie “Words and Pictures” (2013). An article noted that her character "is an art instructor suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis, forcing her to adapt her artistic process to accommodate her deteriorating physical condition."
How can creative expression help us deal with difficult emotions?The photo is Sally Field in the 2015 film “Hello, My Name is Doris.” She has talked about being a teenager and acting in her TV show "The Flying Nun" as being "a hugely important time in my life" but also said the work became very depressing.
In Part 1 of this article, a number of authors, journalists and others describe how much our frenetic thinking can disrupt our lives and increase anxiety. Part of the value of our teeming brains as creative people is the facility for generating so many associations and ideas. But we can also generate anxious thoughts all too easily.
Are strategies like brainstorming, extensive information gathering, and deep analysis of data the most productive ways to enhance innovative thinking? In his post on the topic, Paul Earle comments about trying to know too much, too comprehensively: