Archives for September, 2011

Creative Thinking

Viggo Mortensen: “Why just one thing?”

In addition to his work as an actor in movies (Witness, The Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence, and many others), Viggo Mortensen is a writer, musician, poet, photographer and painter with exhibitions at art galleries around the world.

He founded independent publishing house Perceval Press with partner Pilar Perez to publish his books and CDs, plus works of other lesser-known authors, including a book speaking out against the war in Iraq.

One of...
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Josefina Lopez on Being Stupid and Idealistic and Creative

Creative projects don't just "happen" - they usually take some combination of persistence, obsession, fortitude, stubbornness and courage, along with passion and inspiration.
"If my husband and I were not stupid and idealistic, in the sense that we believe art can transform people, then we would've given up." Josefina López - about her Boyle Heights (Los Angeles) Casa 0101 project, with a 99-seat theater, art gallery and learning center.
A recent newspaper article notes her project...
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Creativity Coach Eric Maisel on Your Life in the Arts

In his new course Your Best Life in the Arts, creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD promises to provide “real answers to the challenges that confront you” – whether you are “just beginning to write, paint or play an instrument” or have “logged in thousands of hours at your craft.”

These are excerpts from summaries of the first seven topics of the course, which is a live tele-conference (with downloads available), running for 14 Mondays starting October 3......
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Diversifying Your Creative Work in a Challenging Economy

What do you do when your primary creative endeavor does not support you enough emotionally or financially?

What if you aren't getting the acting jobs you want, or the writing assignments, or not enough people buy your paintings?

Psychologist and creativity coach, Eric Maisel, PhD warns in his book Mastering Creative Anxiety that this can have emotional consequences: “We get anxious because we fear failing, because we fear...
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Consciousness

Boosted Cognition and Enhanced Creativity

“My Adderall helps me think so much clearer.” [From an ADD forum.]

It’s easy to be lured by the promises of a smart pill that could help us not only think more clearly and access more memory, but feel good about ourselves, be tireless and endlessly confident. And creative.

Writer Steven Zeitchik summarized the movie “Limitless” as a fantasy version of a dream designer drug discovered by “down-on-his-luck New York writer Eddie (Bradley Cooper)” who takes a...
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More Constraints, More Creativity

One of the basic concepts about the creative process is that it involves generation of many ideas, followed by analytic selection, then implementation.

Idea generation may be very "loose" and unrestrained - even fantastical and not necessarily tied to normal reality.

In my earlier post Creative Thinking and Schizophrenia, I wrote a little about the link between schizotypy and creative achievement, and included a quote by Susan K. Perry from her book Writing in...
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Consciousness

Psychic Ability and Creativity: Going Beyond the Senses

It's a word that has a wide range of associations, including some pretty negative or dismissive ones.

Many people connect "psychic" with storefront charlatans and stage performers. The Wikipedia page defines a psychic, also called a sensitive, as a person "who professes an ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses."

But the page also notes a 1988 report by the National Academy of Sciences concluded there is "no scientific justification from research conducted over...
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Being Highly Sensitive and Creative

“Highly sensitive people are all creative by definition."

Elaine Aron, PhD adds that it is "because we process things so thoroughly and notice so many subtleties and emotional meanings that we can easily put two unusual things together."

Sensory sensitivity also comes into play in many creative endeavors.

When Therese Borchard of Beliefnet interviewed me (her Huffington Post column has the title 5 Gifts of Being Highly Sensitive), one of...
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