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Why “Psychological Androgyny” Is Essential for Creativity

In Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention (public library) — one of the most important, insightful, and influential books on creativity ever written — pioneering psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi examines a curious, under-appreciated yet crucial aspect of the creative mindset: a predisposition to psychological androgyny.

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Annie Lennox on creativity: “leave the critic outside the room”

  “Catch ideas… get them down… leave the critic outside the room, close the door, lock it really hard.”

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‘Be Wrong as Fast as You Can’ – NYTimes.com

I recently saw a Charlie Rose interview with John Lasseter, a founder of Pixar, about the creative process behind his movies. Pixar’s in-house theory is: Be wrong as fast as you can. Mistakes are an inevitable part of the creative process, so get right down to it and start making them. Even great ideas are …

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Psychology Today Article About Mandalas

Luminous Mandala

I was reading an article from “Psychology Today” about Mandalas. It is entitled, “Cool Art Therapy Intervention #6: Mandala Drawing” by Cathy Maichiodi. So many of the conclusions she reaches I have come to from my own experience of t…

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Creativity in Counseling

It’s the process, not the product that counts when it comes to creativity in counseling. And it’s a growing movement, but is it really anything new? Primary Topic:  Creativity read more

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Our Skepticism as Artists

"Lilies and Pansies," by Stefan Baumann

Significance of the Moment

Wow! It’s October and The Grand View Ranch is buzzing with excitement. Our last outdoor painting workshop of the year is this weekend, and The Power to Create class in Medford is starting this Thursday. We have room for one more in the class, so if you feel inspired to create this fall, check out our website for details. www.thegrandview.com

When I go through my studio, I often find little treasures that I have painted that have been lost for a few months, and then found with much delight. When I am stuck on a painting or I am not sure that my painting is complete, I turn it away from my view and set it in a corner for a few days or weeks. When I rediscover the forgotten work, I can see the painting with new eyes, and will notice if anything is

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"Traveling Conversations" Workshop

Early the next morn around 9am, following the Reception, our trio, Jean Warren, Floy Zittin and myself, gathered at the McClellan Ranch to teach our “Traveling Conversations” Workshop. We’d warned most of the participants that in addition to this whole…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #4: Visual Journaling

The Cool Art Therapy Interventions Countdown is back; coming in at #4 is a popular technique most often known as “visual journaling.” Visual journals have been used for centuries as records of ideas and imagination, creative autobiographical expres…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #6: Mandala Drawing

A circular form in art is often referred to as a “mandala” and is also known as a “sacred circle.” Mandalas evoke the cycles of nature, personal and universal symbols, ritual, transcendence, and wholeness. It’s a magic circle that can both soothe and i…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #7: Creating Together

There is a distinctive kind of creative energy generated when people work in a group to create art. Call it synergy or collective flow; whatever you call it, it changes our perceptions of who we are and shows us how to get by with a little creative hel…

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