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Chaos and Creative Expression – Part 2

[See Part 1]
Author Malcolm Gladwell ('Outliers: The Story of Success'; 'Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking' and other books) has commented, “Anyone who is in a creative space…you have to reverse the normal human tendency, which is to edit. Creative people…their brains are messy. Their imaginations are messy.

“Why, because they don’t want to throw anything out…they believe on some level that there is always something of interest or value in whatever...
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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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The Joy of Creating

"Composing gives me great there is nothing that surpasses the joy of creation, if only because through it one wins hours of self-forgetfulness, when one lives in a world of sound."
Pianist and composer Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
In an article of hers, career change mentor Valerie Young writes:

"People told you to put away your silly ideas about being 'happy' and just get a 'good job.' So...
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Regulating Our Emotions To Be More Creative – Part 2

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"My whole life has been about trying to heal the rift between the two sides of my personality, the feeling too much and the knowing too much."
That is a comment by Actress / Producer / Director Jodie Foster, from an interview about her film "Little Man Tate" in the book: Great Women of Film.

Her perspective is one I certainly can relate to - what about you?

The idea of "too much" -...
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Those With High Intelligence Receive Mixed Reactions

Being exceptional may cause a variety of reactions; some of those responses are supportive, but others can discourage or discount people with high ability.
“I got that whole precocious thing [as a child]. I had no reason to doubt my own abilities or not share my opinion. The adults were offended, and the kids were resentful. I was persona non grata in both camps for quite a while.”
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Creative Thinking

Creative People Cross Boundaries – Part 2

How does the intensity, complexity and "border-crossing" of creative people encourage being more creative?

Creative people often have personalities and inner experiences that are intense and beyond ordinary in multiple ways. [Read Part 1.]

Creativity author and teacher Ken Robinson thinks "To realize our true creative potential—in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities—we need to think differently about ourselves and...
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