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Archives for August, 2014

Creative Thinking

Transformational Writing and Sparking Creative Flow

Author, professor and CEO Ocean Robbins and his father John are examples of transformational writers. Ocean recalls:

"I was ten-years-old when my dad first began to write Diet for a New America. It was the first book to expose the truth about factory farms, and the link between food and our planet, to a wide audience. In the five years after the book’s publication in 1987, beef consumption in the United...
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Life circumstances

Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology – Part 2

[Continued from Part 1]
As Dr. Webb explains “Existential depression is a depression that arises when an individual confronts certain basic issues of (or ‘ultimate concerns’) – death, freedom, isolation and meaninglessness.”

[Gifted, Sensitive, In Need Of Meaning: Existential Depression.]

His related book: Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope.

Webb has written extensively about how characteristics of giftedness that are a part of so many people -...
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Mental Health

Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology

The tone of a number of responses to the suicide of Robin Williams seem based in the insidious "Crazy Artist" mythology: that artistic creativity depends on mental disorder.

A number of people have expressed the idea that his brilliance and creative comic energy were fueled by his "demons" including addiction and bipolar depression.

One example was columnist Meghan Daum, who wrote: "As an actor and a comic, his...
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Idleness and Being Creative – Part 2

[Continued from Part 1]
Lawton Ursery, quoted earlier, writes in his Forbes magazine article Your Brain Unplugged: Proof That Spacing Out Makes You More Effective:

"We’re taught that taking on more is better—it makes us more valuable. The reality is that doing too many things makes us less efficient."

He notes that Andrew Smart, whom he interviewed, "argues that our 'culture of effectiveness' is not...
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Creative Thinking

Idleness and Being Creative

"I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble." - Agatha Christie
We may feel pressured to stay busy and keep producing, but is there some value for developing creativity in being idle for a time?

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Photography: Art and Healing

Photographic images can be a powerful form of expression for creative people, and also a tool for therapists and anyone to help explore our inner selves.

This image by artist Jennifer Moon is titled "A Story of a Girl and a Horse: The Search for Courage."

A news article about an installation of her photographs, sculpture and text-based works at UCLA Hammer Museum's "Made in...
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