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Identity

To Be More Creative, Check Your Self Concept

One reason for discounting our creative abilities is comparing ourselves to other people, especially well-known and successful artists, such as millionaire novelist Dean Koontz.

And myths about artists being "crazy" or "starving" may also influence how much we may be motivated to live a creative life.

But some people need to first get past the insidious idea that they are "not creative."
"Anyone who says 'I don’t have a creative bone in my body' is seriously underestimating their...
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Creative Thinking

The Dyslexic and Creative Mind – Part 3

[Conclusion - also see Part 1 and Part 2]

Neuroscience research

In his book: "Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined," cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman refers to a study by Catya von Karolyi, Ellen Winner, Wendy Gray, and Gordon Sherman: "Dyslexia linked to talent: Global visual-spatial ability" in the journal Brain and Language.

The researchers "argue that dyslexic individuals may excel at visual-spatial tasks that rely on the right hemisphere, because the right hemisphere tends to...
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Consciousness

The Dyslexic and Creative Mind – Part 2

Continuing from Part 1, here are more examples of creative people with dyslexia, plus some of the neuroscience about the learning difference:

Whoopi Goldberg is "one of the only ten people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award; and is the first woman to be honored with the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor…has written three books and is a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador…

"It’s...
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Creative Thinking

The Dyslexic and Creative Mind

“There were a lot of benefits to being dyslexic for me…I think I came into an appreciation of all those qualities of language…” Novelist Richard Ford
Although traditionally classified as a learning disability, dyslexia can also lead to advantages in thinking and behaving that enhance creativity.

Dyslexia is defined by one authority as "a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent...
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Consciousness

Are You A Highly Sensitive Person? Be More Creative.

People with the personality trait of high sensitivity have qualities that can help make them more creative, including a greater awareness of subtleties in emotional and sensory detail.

Creativity coach Lisa A. Riley comments, "I have encountered a connection between highly sensitive people and their own creative impulses." Psychologist Elaine Aron declares, "I know ALL HSPs are creative, by definition."

From my post Being Highly Sensitive and Creative.

Even if you are not...
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Consciousness

Fighting Inner Battles To Be More Creative

"It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance."

Author Steven Pressfield goes on to describe in his book 'The War of Art' how this "Resistance" holds people back from being more creative.

In the Foreword, screenwriter and teacher Robert McKee explains Resistance is "his all-encompassing term for what Freud called the Death Wish — that destructive force inside human nature...
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Consciousness

Scott Barry Kaufman On Shifting Awareness To Be More Creative

His Scientific American blog Beautiful Minds notes Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD is "adjunct assistant professor of psychology at New York University, where he teaches courses on cognitive psychology and human intelligence" and is a co-founder of The Creativity Post.

In a post for that site, he writes that his new book "Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined" includes "my personal and scientific exploration of a broad range of research on the development of IQ, expertise, talent, and creativity.

"My investigation spans...
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