“Creativity, is one of humankind’s healthiest inclinations, one of our greatest attributes.” Our impulse to be creative “can be understood to some degree as the subjective struggle to give form, structure and constructive expression to inner and outer chaos and conflict.” Dr. Stephen A. Diamond is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice, […]
Painter Robert Genn has noted that he and writer Henry Miller “had a correspondence and a bit of a friendship” in the sixties, and that when they met in Big Sur, “he was having a tough time. His Paris days were behind him. “Now married to Janina Lepska and raising two young children, they were […]
Don’t we need to keep practicing, keep learning, keep busy to be creatively productive? A number of psychologists and artists say daydreaming or otherwise “wasting time” is actually a way to enhance creativity. For example, author Barbara Abercrombie writes about working on an essay about her divorce, but not having created an outline or idea […]
There are many ongoing myths and ideas about being creative: You need to wait for a flash of inspiration; You need to be a “genius”; Artists are crazy, or at least flaky; You need to be in pain to create, and many more.
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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.]…