One way to think about the related ideas of self esteem, self regard and self concept is in terms of how we compare ourselves to others, which can suffocate our creativity. If you are an actor, for example (or even wanting to be one), and compare yourself with Meryl Streep or Colin Firth, do you […]
Comparing our work and ourselves to others may be natural in our competitive culture, but it can be very self-limiting – perhaps especially for creative people. Self-compassion researcher Kristin Neff notes “Being average is unacceptable. We have to be special and above average to feel we have any worth at all.” Elaine Aron, a psychologist and […]
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 important and meaningful is it to be actively creative? How does creativity relate to our core identity? Julia McCutchen is an author, intuitive mentor and the founder and creative director of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers (IACCW). Her site profile notes she “teaches a holistic approach to all kinds of writing […]
The acclaimed fable The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery declares children are much wiser and more creative than many adults. Can we regain that creative vitality? In a post on her Scientific American blog Literally Psyched, Maria Konnikova writes that de Saint-Exupery makes a “larger point about creativity and thought [that] is difficult to […]