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Finding Creative Ideas in Solitude and Going Deep

Lena Dunham

Many creative people may find solitude unappealing, even threatening. But it can help us engage with our shadow self and reveal creative ideas.

Lena Dunham, actress, writer, producer, and director of the HBO series “Girls”, comments about solitude:

“I learned what I really loved doing by not having a ton of friends.

“I spent a whole semester in college just knitting and watching old VHS tapes, and I consider it one of the happiest times in my life because I had a chance to connect to my passions and who I really am.”

She adds, “I am advocating getting comfortable spending time alone… When someone cancels on me, I feel like I’ve found $1,000 in my pocket.”

From an InStyle magazine article – see more quotes and link in my Facebook / Highly Sensitive and Creative post.

Mark MatousekAuthor and teacher Mark Matousek says, “Avoiding the shadow of solitude, we avoid our essence and our core.

“All things that grow begin in darkness. Seeds find nourishment in the dark.”

From my post Cultivating Creativity and Healing in Our Shadow.

He also finds, “Our shadows contain not only the dark parts — guilt, shame, fear, regret, anger, and so on — but also our greatest gifts.”

“Often, we conceal our true talents, desires, and dreams — the sum total of our forbidden knowledge — even from ourselves.”

But why go into these hidden parts of ourselves? Matousek says:

“Until you penetrate your own shadow, and explore the gifts, as well as the shame, that you hide there — you cannot truly know yourself or access your deep creativity.”

Author and teacher Natalie Goldberg agrees:

“Writing practice brings you below the surface to really meet what you see, think and feel.”

From my post Mark Matousek and Natalie Goldberg on Creating and Going Deep.

On June 21, 2016 he is presenting a free one-hour webinar for The Shift Network: “Writing To Heal Your Shadow: The Power of Uncovering Your Hidden Truths.”




Finding Creative Ideas in Solitude and Going Deep

Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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Eby, D. (2016). Finding Creative Ideas in Solitude and Going Deep. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 30, 2020, from


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