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Archives for July, 2011

Consciousness

Creating From Our Unconscious

We all have hidden or shadow aspects of our minds, and actors and other artists may have a greater appreciation for the unconscious, and more actively make use of those depths.

An NPR interview reported that actress Lili Taylor (photo) "is particularly influenced by the work of Carl Jung. A founding father of modern psychology, Jung developed the theory of the collective unconscious, and proposed the existence of archetypal patterns that help shape personality.

“Taylor says she sometimes...
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Creative Thinking

“Art Saved My Life”

"I learned that an artist is someone who makes art to save her life." Marlene Azoulai

Creative expression can transform our painful reactions to traumatic situations, providing renewed strength of our identity and a way to give voice to difficult feelings.

Art that we create - or even made by others - can remodel our inner realities.

Charlize Theron as a teen saw her mother shoot her father in self defense.

She said in a 2004 interview that her work...
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Creative Thinking

Channeling Intensity Through Creative Expression


Jodie Foster once commented about Russell Crowe, “He’s a very light, funny guy. He has a little leprechaun side to him." But, she added, "He has that glacier intensity. He is truly intense.”

Intensity is one of the reasons we enjoy the performances of acclaimed actors, and it is a key personality quality of many gifted and talented, creative people.

In her post Tips for Working With Emotional Intensity...
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Creative Thinking

Incubating Innovation and Creativity

One of the theoretical four stages of creativity (along with preparation, illumination, and verification), incubation is defined as "a process of unconscious recombination of thought elements that were stimulated through conscious work at one point in time, resulting in novel ideas at some later point in time." (Wikipedia)

The photo is John Dabiri, a Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering at Caltech, who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship last year for his work that "draws on...
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Consciousness

The Creative Personality: Ambition and Envy


"I want to be the most famous writer alive and the greatest writer ever.” T. Coraghessan Boyle

In her chapter "The Personalities of Creative Writers" of the book The Psychology of Creative Writing (by creativity researchers Scott Barry Kaufman and James C. Kaufman), Jane Piirto includes a section on Ambition and Envy.

She notes "Ambition and its doppelganger, envy, are not unknown among writers. For example, the writer T. Coraghessan Boyle said...
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Creative Thinking

Stop Whining And Get Back To Work

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert ("Eat, Pray, Love") relates the story of a friend of hers, "an Italian filmmaker of great artistic sensibility" who, following years of struggling to get his films made, sent "an anguished letter to his hero, the brilliant (and perhaps half-insane) German filmmaker Werner Herzog.

"My friend complained about how difficult it is these days to be an independent filmmaker, how hard it is to find government arts grants, how the audiences have all been...
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Creative Thinking

Are Creative People Dishonest?

Director Steven Spielberg has said that as a teenager he put on a business suit and, carrying a briefcase, got past the guard at Universal Studios, and set up his own office.

"It was my father's briefcase," Spielberg said. "There was nothing in it but a sandwich and two candy bars.

"So every day that summer I went in my suit and hung out with directors and writers and editors and dubbers. I found an office that wasn't...
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Creative Thinking

Creative Introverts

"Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me. They’re shy and they live in their heads. The very best of them are artists. And artists work best " Steve Wozniak

In an earlier post - The Creative Personality: Both Extroverted and Introverted - I quoted Dr. Linda Silverman, director of the Gifted Development Center: "Introverts are wired differently from extraverts and they have different needs.

"Extraverts get their energy from interaction with people and...
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