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How Writers Write About Heartbreaking Things and Care for Themselves in the Process

For more than 20 years, Mary Cregan wanted to write her recently published memoir The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, but she felt that she couldn’t. It’s primarily because she wasn’t ready to face the exposure required to be so honest about such a devastating, difficult part of her life. Because that’s the thing about writing: We let readers into our innermost thoughts and feelings, into our souls, and that can be scary. We tackle topics we’d never bring up with a ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Writing, Habits, Disorders, Vulnerability, Creativity, Stigma, Hemingway, Mental Health And Wellness, Inspiration & Hope, Sweeney, Goldberg, Heartbreak, Blum

Why humor is an essential life skill

Studies have shown that a sense of humor can improve your mental and physical health, boost your attractiveness, and improve your leadership skills.There are a variety of theories and styles of humor, each of which can improve your understanding of the subject.Humor may be a critical life skill, but can it be taught? None Mark Twain said that "Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations, and resentments flit away, an...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Productivity, Stanford, John Cleese, Happiness, Depression, Creativity, Innovation, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Aristotle, Personal Growth, Plato, Northeastern University, Cleese

The Different Things You’re Doing That Steal Time—And How to Stop

Many of us lament that we don’t have time for the things we’d like to do—catch a movie on a weeknight, take a fun dance class on a Saturday, start a creative project, go for a run, read, take a weekend getaway. But the reality is that many of us are doing things we don’t actually need to be doing. When we eliminate those things, space suddenly opens up, and we naturally create more time. According to time management expert and bestselling author Laura Vanderkam, knowing what to eliminate...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Creativity, Mental Health And Wellness, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement, Dalton, Faye, Marshall Goldsmith, Chris Bailey, Loflin, Laura Vanderkam, Vanderkam

How To Become More Creative (M)

How to take the ‘road less travelled’. → Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. Enables access to articles marked (M) and removes ads. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Tags: Psychology, Creativity, Jeremy Dean, Subscribers-only

Finding Inner Success

You're reading Finding Inner Success, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. “Your outer world is a mirror of your inner world” - T Harv Ecker By finding your inner strength you can quickly start having an impact on your outer world. We live in a universe of duality, to your up there is a down, to your right, a left and just as we have outer laws of success, we therefore have inn...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Featured, Happiness, Success, Confidence, Creativity, Philosophy, Lifehacks, Self Improvement, Self Confidence, Napoleon Hill, Productivity Tips, Good Habits, Self Education, Daniel Wood

Wearing the Inside Out: Meaningful (Dis)connections

When used for purposes of knowledge acquisition, information sharing, and community involvement, no one would debate the idea that social media can have an enduring positive impact our lives. However, with every scroll, click, like, and share, the digital debris that we collect and store on our internal ‘hard drive’ has a way of leaving its indelible mark on our psyche. And therein lies the bane of our socially mediated existence: Our desire to connect with the energies that make us feel who...
Tags: Psychology, Technology, General, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Creativity

Should you listen to music while doing intellectual work? It depends on the music, the task, and your personality

Given how many of us listen to music while studying or doing other cerebral work, you'd think psychology would have a set of clear answers as to whether the practice is likely to help or hinder performance. In fact, the research literature is rather a mess (not that that has deterred some enterprising individuals from making bold claims).There's the largely discredited "Mozart Effect" – the idea that listening to classical music can boost subsequent IQ, except that when first documented in the 9...
Tags: Psychology, Work, Productivity, Music, Brain, Creativity, Innovation, BPS Research Digest, Gonzalez, Manuel Gonzalez, Mozart Effect, Cognitive Science, John Aiello

New Study Finds More Positive Impacts of Magic Mushrooms

PhD candidates at Maastricht University have found evidence that a single dose of psilocybin (aka the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) can improve mood, empathy, outlook and creativity—for up to seven days after ingestion. Taking the drug in tea form, the 55 subjects were analyzed three times: “once the evening before ingesting psilocybin, once the morning after ingesting psilocybin, and finally seven days after ingesting …
Tags: Psychology, Science, Design, Drugs, Research, Empathy, Creativity, Culture, Linkaboutit, Maastricht University, Psilocybin, Magic Mushrooms, Scientific Studies

A Room of One’s Own: Why We Need Space and Quiet

Virginia Woolf believed that if a woman was to write fiction that she must have money and a room of her own. I would say the same for a mental health blogger or anyone in a creative field. Money can be hard to come by. But a creative soul should at least have a fort or office somewhere in her home or in the neighboring vicinity that is hers alone, where she can hang up a “Do Not Disturb” sign. A space to spread out notes and books and journals for days or months on end until the project is fini...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Family, General, Work Life Balance, Independence, Personal, Self-help, Creativity, Bob Dylan, Autonomy, Silence, Learned Helplessness, Virginia Woolf, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration

How to Begin Journaling for Stress Relief

The therapeutic benefits of journaling have been scientifically proven. Journaling can be an effective tool for stress management, the processing of difficult emotions, and creating personal growth. It has also been linked to important health benefits like decreasing the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, and other health conditions, increasing cognitive functioning, increasing the immune system, and counteracting the negative effects of stress. If you were curious about it, but aren’t quite sur...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Self-help, Anxiety, Creativity, Journaling, Anderson, Anxiety And Panic, National Council of Teachers

Music Has A Very Surprising Effect On Creativity (M)

The study gave people a standard psychological test of verbal insight while they listened to music. → Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. Enables access to articles marked (M) and removes ads. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changi...
Tags: Psychology, Creativity, Jeremy Dean, Subscribers-only

6 creative ways that powerful people manage stress

Anne Hathaway has just revealed her unique approach for tackling stress and anxiety. "Set a timer on your phone, have a candle nearby, and write it all down…You spew it all out. You do not read it…The timer goes off, you tear it out of the book, and you light it on fire," she told Town & Country. She recommends pouring your stresses out onto the page for 12 minutes before putting down your pen. Even if you'd prefer not to actually set your journal entry ablaze, Hathaway's strategy does show the ...
Tags: Kerry Washington, Happiness, Mental Health, Creativity, Work-life balance, Marie Claire, Innovation, Michelle Obama, Anne Hathaway, Emotions, Brad Pitt, Stress Management, Zendaya, Lake Michigan, Hathaway, Riverdale

The Power of Creativity in Helping Us to (Kind of) Cope

The intensity of Maureen “Marzi” Wilson’s anxiety varies day to day. Some days, it’s a “mild uneasiness,” a nagging feeling that she’s forgotten something important. “Other days, it’s closer to terror, a horrible premonition that something catastrophic is imminent,” she said. The outward expression varies, too. Sometimes, she fidgets. Other times, she’s “sitting in the corner of a closet wrapped in a blanket.” Because “some days are harder than others,” she said. Wilson has been strugg...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Disorders, Stress, Self-help, Anxiety, Creativity, Wilson, Mental Health And Wellness, Anxiety And Panic, Inspiration & Hope, Coping Skills, Overwhelm, Emotion Regulation, Marzi

The doctor who prescribed the meaning of life to his patients

Not having a meaningful life can be dreadful, and one psychologist thought it was the root cause of many neuroses.His ideas became Logotherapy, which focuses on the need for a meaningful life and has shown success in many areas.Many studies agree that leading a meaningful life has tangible benefits and lacking meaning can lead to problems. Many people struggle with the question of what the meaning of life their life is. The dread that can accompany meaninglessness is well known, but where to tur...
Tags: Psychology, Mental Health, Depression, Creativity, Medical Research, Innovation, Mind, CBT, Rollo May, Frankl, Viktor Frankl, Logotherapy

Painting and Playing Board Games Releases Oxytocin

Oxyto c in has been nicknamed the “love hormone” because it is typically associated with good feelings and emotions. That is an oversimplified description of this hormone that also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. Oxytocin plays a complex role in our bodies, and appears to be connected to (but not limited to) human emotions, childbirth, breastfeeding, recognition and bonding. The positive effects of increased levels of oxytocin are many and include greater relaxation, more willin...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Happiness, Painting, Research, Creativity, Board Games, Baylor, Gender Differences, Melton, Oxytocin, Karen Melton, Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences

New study finds strength of imagination not associated with creative ability or achievement

Imagination is sometimes claimed to be a uniquely human ability, and it has long intrigued psychologists. "Nevertheless, our understanding of the benefits and risks that individual differences in imagination hold for psychological outcomes is currently limited," note two researchers who have created a new psychometric test – the Imaginative Behaviour Engagement Scale (IBES) – for measuring how much imagination a person has, and then used it to investigate whether, as some earlier work hinted, ha...
Tags: Psychology, Success, Neuroscience, Personality, Creativity, Innovation, Ucl, Scott, BPS Research Digest, University of York, British Journal of Psychology, Sophie von Stumm, Von Stumm, Stumm, Cognitive Science, Hannah Scott

It’s time to switch to a four-day working week, say these two Davos experts

Working less would have a range of benefits for workers and employers and the world should embrace the four-day working week, was the message two experts brought to Davos 2019.Adam Grant, a psychologist from the Wharton School in Pennsylvania, said: "I think we have some good experiments showing that if you reduce work hours, people are able to focus their attention more effectively, they end up producing just as much, often with higher quality and creativity, and they are also more loyal to the...
Tags: Psychology, Work, Productivity, Happiness, Economy, Creativity, Pennsylvania, Work-life balance, Innovation, New Zealand, OECD, Henry Ford, Wharton School, Adam Grant, Cubicle, Rutger Bregman

Misbehaving: being clever and wicked is a form of creativity

Suppose you forgot it was your partner's birthday, but you know that they would appreciate the smallest of gestures, say a bouquet. It's late at night and no florists are open. The cemetery on your way home has recently had a funeral, and you walk across the site and pick up a good-looking bouquet of roses from someone's grave. You then head home, and the flowers are happily received by your partner.Would you say that you hurt anyone?This isn't so much a moral dilemma as it is a creative misbeha...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Brain, Creativity, Innovation, Philosophy, Mind, Morality, Mclaren, Khan, Louis CK, California State University Fullerton, Robert McLaren, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Azizuddin Khan

Fostering a Lust for Life

“Musicians must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he’s to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.” ~ Abraham Maslow February is often thought of as the month of love. For some people this refers to romantic love, and for others, it might refer to love for a friend or relative. It can also be about the love — or lust — for life and living life to its fullest, which means listening to the messages of your heart and going in the direction of what...
Tags: Psychology, New York, Happiness, Personal, Self-help, Self-esteem, Creativity, Valentine's Day, Virginia Woolf, Personal Growth, Motivation And Inspiration, Norton, Abraham Maslow, MASLOW, Rollo May, Kahlil Gibran

New Study Finds Strength Of Imagination Not Associated With Creative Ability Or Achievement

By Emma Young. The findings suggest being more imaginative is associated more with having schizotypal beliefs than it is with achievements in learning and creative fields.
Tags: Psychology, Creativity, Emma Young

When You Feel Uninspired at Work—And Can’t Quit

It’s another day at the office. Another boring, blah day. In fact, lately every day has felt this way. You’ve even thought about leaving, maybe fantasized about it on your lunch break or while sitting in another meeting you didn’t really need to attend. But right now, that’s not an option. Because money is tight. Because you’re the breadwinner. Because you carry the benefits for your family. Because you’re trying to get a mortgage or pay off your credit card debt. Because of any number of—valid,...
Tags: Psychology, General, New York City, Happiness, Inspiration, Work Life Balance, Self-help, Creativity, Boredom, Mental Health And Wellness, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement, Career Goals, JILL JACINTO, Jacinto, Meneghello

Psychology Around the Net: February 2, 2019

Happy Groundhog Day! Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or not? Can we expect six more weeks of winter or do we get an early spring? I don’t know at the time of this writing (I hope an early spring!), but what I do know is that this week’s Psychology Around the Net has the latest on new studies regarding music and mental health, what being a night owl could do to your mental health and overall well-being, the discussion of mental illness in Netflix’s The Ted Bundy Tapes, and more! Fighting ...
Tags: Psychology, Music, Sleep, Research, Self-help, Creativity, Netflix, Yoga, Mental Health Break, Stigma, Mental Health And Wellness, Psychology Around The Net, Phil, John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Institutes of Health, Ted Bundy

8 Ways to Feel Delighted Even in the Dead of Winter

The holidays are over, which for some of us is a huge relief, but for others is disappointing and depressing. It also doesn’t help that many of us live in places where darkness descends in the late afternoon, and the temperatures are bone chilling (no matter how many layers we layer!). Which leads us to spend less time outside, and less time with others. All of this makes it tough to feel genuine joy and delight. It can be a gloomy time of year, and gloomy is exactly how we feel. During winter, ...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, General, Instagram, New York City, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Creativity, Oliver, Thompson, Mental Health And Wellness, Austin Texas, Darcy, Hygge, Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Got a Minute? Then You Have Time to Create!

One of the biggest reasons many of us don’t create, and in particular write, is because we don’t have time. We’re working and parenting and cooking and dish-washing. We’re commuting, and dropping off and picking up. And we think we need to carve out at least 20 minutes to sit down and reconnect to our imagination. And somehow those 20 minutes get eaten up by other activities before we even realize it. However, all you really need to access your creativity is a minute. Yes, just 1 minute. Which m...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Writing, Habits, Happiness, Self-help, Creativity, Journaling, Writer's Block, Mental Health And Wellness, Don, Medeiros, Journal Prompts, Leigh Medeiros

7 Winter Depression Busters

We’ve entered the “dark ages” as the midshipmen at the Naval Academy say — the weeks between Christmas break and Spring break when everyone turns a pasty white and the sidewalks are full of ugly slush. The lack of sunlight and the shorter days don’t help the pursuit of sanity. However, if you approach this time of year with a dose of creativity and enthusiasm, you need not fall down the rabbit hole of depression. Here are some ideas to keep your mood sunny when the weather is anything but. 1....
Tags: Psychology, General, Noah, Depression, Creativity, Epa, University of Pennsylvania, Ucla, Omega, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Martin Seligman, Harvard Medical School, Fernandez, Naval Academy, Maddock

Neuromyth: Creativity is in the Right Hemisphere of the Brain

Along with the erroneous belief that language was only in the left hemisphere and spatial abilities in the right, some suggested that creativity — something that relied on spatial imagery — must be a right hemisphere function as well. This was fueled by multiple illustrations showing rainbow divergent thinking right hemispheres next to mathematically proportioned square, logical thinking hemispheres on the left. All unanswered questions beg a range of hypotheses. Just where creativity might be...
Tags: Psychology, Creativity, Sperry, Beaty, Harpaz, Heilman, Neuromyths, Right Brain, Right Hemisphere

How to Cope with a Newly Empty Nest: Tips and Strategies for a Smooth Transition

It’s happened, you have an empty nest. The little ones that you spent the majority of your time taking care of, worrying about, encouraging, teaching, and loving over the past 18 or so years have grown up and flown the coop. Whether you were ready for it or not, you have entered the stage of being an empty nester. The moving out of your last, or only child, is life changing. And, while there are some parents that embrace this change with open arms, there are many more that struggle to make the ...
Tags: Psychology, Parenting, College, Creativity, Children And Teens, Coping Skills, Don, Life Transition, Empty Nest

9 Productivity Hacks for Working from Home

Working from home can be incredibly convenient. You get to skip the long commute and rush-hour traffic. Your schedule is flexible, and can bend and bow to fit whatever you need to do (like picking up your kids from school and actually getting to the bank before it closes). But working from home isn’t without its challenges. For instance, distractions are aplenty: dishes in the sink, piles of laundry, and interruptions from everyone from your kids to UPS to your next-door neighbor. It’s also hard...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Facebook, General, UPS, Self-help, Creativity, Working From Home, Price, Mental Health And Wellness, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement, Emily Price, Focusmate, Kate Rope, Focus Keeper

The neuroscience of creativity (and yes, right brain/left brain is mostly bullshit)

Anna Abraham literally wrote the book on creativity and the brain. The Leeds Beckett University psychology professor is the author of a new textbook titled The Neuroscience of Creativity. From an interview with Abraham by psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman in Scientific American: SBK: Why does the myth of the “creative right brain” still persist? Is there any truth at all to this myth? AA: Like most persistent myths, even if some seed of truth was associated with the initial development ...
Tags: Psychology, Post, News, Neuroscience, Creativity, Brains, Abraham, Scott Barry Kaufman, Leeds Beckett University, Science Museum London, Arthur Koestler, Anna Abraham

5 Questions for Self-Growth for a New Year

The adrenaline that pushed you through December has worn off and you’re feeling the January blahs. That’s not uncommon. In fact, January 24 is on record as being the most depressing day of the year, due to a combination a factors: Christmas bills, broken resolutions, and dark and dreary weather. However, if you are brave enough to sit with the uncomfortable feelings of this depressing time of year, January can be a period of important personal growth. With a new year, we get a blank page of pap...
Tags: Psychology, Research, Stress, Personal, Self-help, Creativity, Adam Sandler, New Year's, Personal Growth, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, New Year's Resolution, Overwhelm, Carlile, Schwartz

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