A psychological model for reducing pessimism, increasing optimism for the future and developing meaning and purpose in one’s life. I have always been interested in having a go, taking a punt on an idea in spite of the potential for failure. It’s both a strength and a weakness of mine. This doesn’t mean that I’m […]
Nurturing the Creative Mindset is an ongoing and vital element in the creative process. And so we artists and creatives must set aside time to develop the creative faculties through activities that help the brain do its magic. There are primary tools of the creative person in bringing about those mental states required for optimal creative expression. Here’s you’ll find articles dedicated to assisting you in the process.
I read a post this morning on The Resilience Institute LinkedIn profile on how to be resilient in face of challenges, and it prompted me to put a short article together. The LinkedIn post shared an article reporting that exercise helps build resilience. In short, I’d have to agree. Here’s why It seems to me, […]
I watched The Truman Show for the second time in a couple of days this evening. It was released in 1998 – imagine that! It’s such a great movie with an excellent script and actor in the leading role. Carey understood the metaphor. He knew what the movie needed to portray, I would argue, because he perhaps had already lived it. Or maybe he was living it. Either way, he played the part well. I believed him. The story attempted to show the thinness of contemporary life, the deception of the firework display, and the fallacy of misplaced concreteness
I’ve been researching lots recently on resilience; the process of building resilience, what resilience is, what resilience is not and so on. I’m writing an extensive piece on the topic and so I want to share some of those findings with you. I also want to share some of my personal findings on the psychological […]
When sitting with a problem, avoid settling for “this is hard”, and instead, add a “but”. The “but” leaves the door open to a solution. So then, “this is hard” turns into, for example, “this is hard, but I can find an answer”. “This is hard” is a verbalisation of a state of mind. It’s a definitive state of mind–a close loop from which there is no way out.
A neurological explanation for this is that the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for instigation of the fight-or-flight response, is switched on and the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for executive function and decision making, is switched off.
Having many creative ideas is something that many people wish they had, but for others, too many creative ideas can be accompanied by overwhelm. As a result, we do nothing. Or maybe we try everything and end up with a scattered or diluted focus.