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Creative Living: Be More Creative

Your Monday Motivator: Defining Creative Success

The theme of this week’s Monday motivator mailout, which goes out each Monday morning to creatives and creativists worldwide, is: what is creative success, for you?   If you’d like to join the mailout group, just click the pic. (You’ll also get a free book!)

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Today’s Book Extract: From The Psychology of Creative Success

The field of creative studies is enjoying a huge upsurge, with research coming to new conclusions and confirming ancient wisdoms. One finding is surfacing over and over, across a wide range of studies, including  anecdotal evidence, historical reports, the new neuroscience technologies, and our ability to map the world’s knowledge through digital archives and search engines. Creative flow is not, as we used to think, an elite state, possessed only by a few, but  a mind state that we all experience many times a day. Though writers and artists earn the appellation as a noun (“creatives”),  creative is more accurately…

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Creative Living: Excerpts

Today’s Book Extract: From The Psychology Of Creative Success

Here are some quotes from well-known creatives who offer their definitions of success, and thereby offer you a window into thinking about your own definition. (For “man” in these quotes, obviously please read also woman. Oh and men, can you please stop doing that?) Below the quotes, you’ll find questions to help you to establish your own definition. For best results, f-r-e-e-write your answers to these questions. (You can find out more about f-r-e-e-writing here). “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to…

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Your Divided Brain

Have you seen any of the RSAnimates? They’re really nicely done. Like TED, the RSA (Royal Society of the Arts) runs lecture series aiming to air exciting ideas on subjects from climate change to credit crunch. What has the Internet buzzing with millions of hits, though, is how the lectures are Read More

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Is Google Making Us Intelligent.

A study to assess the impact of internet searching, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, has concluded that internet searching and browsing exercise the mind more than conventional, linear reading. The study focussed on readers aged 55 to 76 and found that internet reading appears to

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Being Our Creative Best

In Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life, Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson describes the two brain states we need to call on if we are to successfully create something from start to finish. The Spontaneous Pathway uses posterior portions of the brain to direct insight, idea germination, inspiration and free association through our creative intelligence. We’re in this brain state when we defocus our attention and Read More

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Questions not Quotients

Has any topic ever generated more stupidity than the topic of intelligence? And of all the nonsense, surely the most pernicious is the belief in intelligence quotient, IQ, as anything but the most rudimentary and limited tool?
According to this understanding of intelligence, if you

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