Archives for December, 2012

Mental Health

Psychologist Cheryl Arutt on Mental Health and Creativity

Cheryl Arutt, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, specializing in trauma recovery, fertility and creative artist issues.

In our recent interview, she talked about a number of topics that affect actors and other creative people.

“Bad boy” images and acting-out

Actors and actresses with “bad boy” or “troubled” images, or problems with issues of anger and acting out, have included Christian Bale, Shia Labeouf and many other talented performers.

Dr. Arutt notes this kind of behavior...
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• Resources - Books Sites

Creative Thinking and Popular Psychology Books

A number of stimulating, even provocative, books in psychology can provide insights into developing creative thinking.

Here are a few examples.

In her NY Times article The Power of Concentration, Maria Konnikova reports on a University of Washington study on the effects of meditation training on multitasking.

She summarizes: "Researchers asked a group of human resources professionals to engage in the type of simultaneous planning they did habitually.

"Each participant was placed in...
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Creative Thinking

Developing Creativity: Product, People, Process and Press

These four P's of Product, People, Process and environmental Press have been used as frameworks by many creativity researchers and writers.

In a helpful overview article, Sandeep Gautam provides explanations of these concepts, and references to various creativity experts. Here are a few excerpts.

First, to start with the illustration: "Blind monks examining an elephant", an ukiyo-e print by Hanabusa Itchō (1652–1724).

The story that inspired this artwork is basically that "a group of blind men (or men...
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Identity

We Need Healthy Self Respect to Be More Creative

One way to think about the related ideas of self esteem, self regard and self concept is in terms of how we compare ourselves to others, which can suffocate our creativity.

If you are an actor, for example (or even wanting to be one), and compare yourself with Meryl Streep or Colin Firth, do you feel energized or deflated - inspired or discouraged?

Psychologist Elaine Aron notes that “low self-esteem is about power...
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Identity

Kathryn Bigelow, Filmmaker. Period. Creativity With or Without Gender Labels

“If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle." // "A filmmaker is a filmmaker."

Kathryn Bigelow won the first Academy Award ever presented to a female director, for her outstanding Best Picture winner, "The Hurt Locker."

Gendered Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents awards in many gender neutral categories like Director and Screenwriter, but also separates Actor and Actress categories.

Other awards programs include The...
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Entrepreneur

Being Bold Enough To Self-Publish

There are a number of examples of people bold enough and entrepreneurial enough to create and publish their own books, often leading to being traditionally published and marketed.

Christopher Paolini began writing "Eragon" at the age of 15 and his parents decided to self-publish the novel, which was re-published by Alfred A. Knopf.

"The Artist's Way" began as a collection of "tips and hints from different artists and authors" by Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan. After it...
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