Essential Reads

(Un)forgettable: Memory Tripping with One-Hit Wonders

A chance encounter with a forgotten song from one’s forgotten past contains three key ingredients for a positively potent—and potently positive—memory experience.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Transform a Negative Experience

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 05, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Negative moments are inevitable, whether they come from outside ourselves, our perceptions, or our interpretations. Transforming them with creativity or kindness shows love.

Six Horror Films That Will Intrigue Psychiatrists

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on October 30, 2017 in Grand Rounds
Horror films don't always mix well with psychiatry. They can be stigmatizing and off-putting, but some films get it right. Here are six of those films for Halloween.
Photo by Lynn Redmile

Musical Talent: A Mix of Genes and Environments

By Nancy L. Segal Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Twofold
Why are you musical—or not?

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Inside the Mind of Lance Letscher

By Lybi Ma on November 20, 2017 in Brainstorm
Dissecting the genius of a collage artist who wants to take you to fairyland.

Lidia Yuknavitch's Love Letter to Fellow Misfits

By Jennifer Haupt on November 16, 2017 in One True Thing
Some of us manage to invent bodies, voices, and lives worth living even though we don’t fit in to the normative socius.

On Dreams and Artistic Ambition

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in The Literary Mind
We are most creative when we dream. How do we convert that fluidity to waking life?

The Hurricane Brain of The Accidentals

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Brick by Brick
The truth is that there are no cures—they’re temporary.

Metaphoria by Design

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Design on My Mind
Architecture and interior design can use storytelling metaphors to elicit emotions and thus be transformative in relation to our own journeys.

Women, Trauma, and Healing: What Mary Marxen Can Teach Us

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Fearless You
Are traumatic memories challenging your connection with your body? Mary Marxen's shares her inspiring story.

Magical Thinking and Unloved Daughters: Childhood and Beyond

By Peg Streep on November 13, 2017 in Tech Support
What helps you escape from an unhappy childhood—the power of your imagination–may get in the way of your recovery in adulthood.

The Importance of Storytelling in Creative Work

By Melissa Kirk on November 09, 2017 in Test Case
By sharing and being vulnerable, we give our community permission to share and be vulnerable and connect with us.

Writing to Awaken: The Story of Your Life

By Mark Matousek on November 09, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
"When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed."
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Laugh Your Way to Creativity

By David Evans on November 08, 2017 in Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Find out how humor can boost your creativity.

Bringing Music to Veterans

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Your Musical Self
In celebration of Veterans Day, let's peek at how music therapy is improving the quality of life of veterans in Atlanta.
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A Room of Our Own

By Diana Raab PhD on November 07, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you feel as if you don't have any quiet time to yourself? Research over the years has shown that having a sacred space that you can call your own is essential to well-being.


By Graham Collier on November 06, 2017 in The Consciousness Question
The Utopian concept of human consciousness seems extremely foreign nowadays.

Profiles in Persistance: Oren

By Mendi Baron on November 06, 2017 in On the Verge
Struggle to find inspiration to pursue your dream? Check out other dreamers and how they do it!

7 Suggestions to Help You Find Writerly Flow

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Here is some creatively inspiring advice from writers and poets to help you find your own sense of flow.

"Lady Bird" II: To Be, or Not To Be, Traumatized

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Greta Gerwig's film "Lady Bird" depicts a child whose mother can't accept her - but who ends up a self-sustaining, successful human being anyway. And she loves her mother.

Office Hours: Bob Kulhan

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in Innovation You
Bob Kulhan discusses how improv can spark creativity.

Casablanca at 75

By Dean Olsher LCAT, MT-BC, MS on November 03, 2017 in A Sound Mind
The film has important lessons for our time––about love, betrayal, the fight against fascism, and the necessity of music.

The Dog, the Flame, and the Magic Circle

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Play in Mind
Unbidden ideas will lead you if you’re prepared to follow them.

Think You’re Not a Virgin? Consider This

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Living Single
People with no romantic relationship experience often feel shame. They shouldn’t. In other times and places, they probably wouldn’t.

Paying Attention: Consciousness of What?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
Participants all engaged in specific patterns of bodily movement designed to help them acquire a consciousness of some thing—consciousness of what?

What's Your Innovation Mindset?

Is your perspective on creativity lifting you up––or weighing you down?

Animal Intersection: The Intelligence-Happiness Connection

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on October 31, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
How humans and animals derive joy from working together. For many species, happiness is closely linked with opportunities to stretch our minds and work as part of a team.

Expressive Arts Therapy and the Arts in Health

Expressive arts therapy is part of the continuum of care in medical settings, says a new white paper on the subject of arts in health and wellness.

Iain Thomas: Why Read Poetry?

By Jennifer Haupt on October 26, 2017 in One True Thing
Young people find something a poet has written, take a picture and post it to their social media accounts as a way to say, “I’ve felt this. I just didn't know how to say it."

So You Want to Write a Book

By Melissa Kirk on October 26, 2017 in Test Case
You know you can do it, but there’s a little niggling sense of “What if I’m not good enough?” or “I don’t know how to write a book” or “I’m too busy..."

Why Is There So Much Hate in the World?

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Couch and Stage
A modest attempt at imagining an integration of hate, love, and hope.

Office Hours with Jeff DeGraff – Matthew VanBesien

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Innovation You
The Dean of Innovation interviews thought leaders on the broad subject of innovation.

Giving Up "The Gift"

By Jennifer Hamady on October 25, 2017 in Finding Your Voice
To maximize your talents and abilities, focus less on how special they are, and more on your enjoyment of developing them, and yourself.

A Fresh Take on “Stages of Life”—It Can Change Your Life!

Creating stages for development is the greatest gift we can give to young people.