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Dealing with stress – especially when you’re highly sensitive

"I love the atmosphere at the mall - everything about Christmas." Actor, musician Drake Bell

I don't like holidays. And I don't like crowds of people. I don't like noise." Writer, cartoonist Roz Chast

Of course, there is no "season" for stress - but holidays can be more stressful and challenging, especially when we are highly sensitive.

What are these seasons like for you? Do you feel overwhelmed more often? Here are some ideas of what you...
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Self Esteem and a Quiet Ego

How does self esteem impact our lives and creativity? How do traits like egocentrism and narcissism relate to self esteem?

In his post here on PsychCentral, Steve Bressert, explains that Narcissistic Personality Disorder is "characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity (either in fantasy or actual behavior), an overwhelming need for admiration, and usually a complete lack of empathy toward others.
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Creative Thinking

The INTJ Personality and Being Creative Part 2

[Continued from Part 1.] Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman comments in an article about some of the problems with categorizing and typing people:

"The most common misunderstanding of the extraversion-introversion dimension is that introverts are more introspective than extroverts. In reality, introverts are not necessarily introspective and highly introspective people aren't necessarily introverted."

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Creative Thinking

Introvert Power To Be Creative

"When I began this book, I wanted to resolve the paradox of meditating in the mosh pit — to emancipate introverts from the constraints of an extroverted society. But the reality of the mosh pit woke me up to something new."
Psychologist Laurie Helgoe also writes in her book "Introvert Power" about her early life - perhaps you can relate, especially if you are introverted...
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Creative Thinking

To Be More Creative, Be An Introvert

Author Susan Cain declares: "Without introverts, the world would be devoid of: the theory of gravity; the theory of relativity; W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming”; Chopin’s nocturnes; Proust’s In Search of Lost Time; Peter "

She quotes science journalist Winifred Gallagher: “The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing to engage with them is its long association with intellectual and artistic achievement.

"Neither E = mc2 nor Paradise Lost was dashed off...
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