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Developing Creativity – Our Shadow Side

"There is no light without shadow and no psychic wholeness without imperfection." Jung
Carl Jung and many others have pointed out that we have hidden, unconscious or half-conscious depths of our psyches, with thoughts, feelings and impulses we think are "bad" or "unacceptable" - that we may be offended by and actively ignore, deny or try to cover up.

Making good use of all this isn’t a matter of freely acting on our urges...
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Creative Thinking

Creative Passion: Teeming Neurons or Muse?

Does creative inspiration come from our own teeming neurons, or is it a gift of a Muse?

A passion to create may feel like something from beyond us, or from a spirit being, but maybe that is what anything from the not quite known inner depths of our psyche feels like.

In his article Perspiration Meets Inspiration or, The Return of the Muse, Matt Cardin explains, "The muse model...
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Mental Health

Creative Thinking and Schizophrenia

As tormenting and devastating as it is, schizophrenia may also include qualities of thinking that enhance creativity - qualities we may all experience, even if we aren't psychotic.

But the distinction between "real" creative ideas and delusion can be tricky, as mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced.

As related in "A Beautiful Mind," the bio by Sylvia Nasar (the photo is Russell Crowe as Nash in the movie version), Nash was asked how he could believe that...
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Developing Creativity – Eric Maisel on Mindfulness

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present-moment reality."
Jon Kabat-Zinn  - from his book Wherever You Go, There You Are.

Many others talk about mindfulness as a way to not only manage stress, but enhance personal development and creativity.

Nonjudgmental awareness may be a key element in divergent thinking - an aspect of creativity and...
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Amanda Dunbar – Creating is an Act of Blind Faith

Amanda Dunbar was considered a prodigy, and her paintings have been compared to Monet and Renoir. She has also created the Precious Rebels line of Swarovski crystal-adorned guitars.

In an interview about the guitars, Dunbar commented about her creative process:

"I am very private when I work and I work on many pieces at a time. I often light a beautiful candle, turn my music up loud and begin working until I can really connect with my...
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Alan Ball on Creating for Fun

Filmmaker Alan Ball is a writer, producer and director of films including Towelhead and American Beauty, and TV series Six Feet Under, and True Blood.

He refers to an earlier television show ("Oh, Grow Up") as "an abject failure" - because it had been "totally manufactured to appeal to as many demographics as it possibly could."

In an interview, he was asked about the religious right's likely offense over both "True Blood" and "Towelhead."

Ball replied:
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Creative Obsession

"The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all." John Updike, about J. D. Salinger.
Developing creativity and realizing creative ideas usually takes a degree of obsession.

But it isn't a disorder.

In an overview on Psych Central of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Michael Demitri, notes it is considered an anxiety disorder when it's...
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