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Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure, and the drive to keep creating

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

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Artist’s Brains Have More ‘Grey Matter’ Than The Rest of Ours, Study Finds

The rather small study, published in NeuroImage, is based on the brain scans and drawing performances of 21 art students (graduates and undergraduates attending art and design courses in London at Camberwell College of Art and The Royal College of Art) and 23 non-artists. The scan findings also showed that those who identified as artists — as well as those who performed better on the drawing tests — tended to have more grey matter in the parietal lobe, a region involved with spatial orientation and cognition.

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10 Things Creative People Know

A recent UCLA study found that when young people engage in the arts at an early age, they outperform their peers in every category, from academics to life skills. Cross-cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien tells us that in many traditional cultures, when an ill person goes to the healer, he or she is asked four questions: When did you stop singing? When did you stop dancing? When did you stop telling your story? When did you stop sitting in silence? She calls these the healing salves. Numerous studies show that activities like drawing and creative writing—even knitting—raise serotonin levels and decrease anxiety.

This quote is taken directly from Peggy Taylor and Charlie Murphy’s article on the things that creative people know.

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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

“…psychologically speaking, creative personality types are difficult to pin down, largely because they’re complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. And it’s not just a stereotype of the “tortured artist” — artists really may be more complicated people. Research has suggested that creativity involves the coming together of a multitude of traits, behaviors and social influences in a single person.

“It’s actually hard for creative people to know themselves because the creative self is more complex than the non-creative self,” Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, told The Huffington Post. “The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self … Imaginative people have messier minds.”

While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. Here are 18 things they do differently.”

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John Cleese on the Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

John Cleese, at his most amusing, tells how to make your life more creative. This 13min clip is worth watching if you want to be more creative. And below are the five factors he discusses:

1. Space – Allows You To Get Into Open Mode

2. Time – As above

3. Time

4. Confidence – vs Fear of Making a Mistake

5. Humour

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6 Rules for Creative Sanity

Wilhelm Reich was a student of Freud’s and a pioneer of early psychoanalysis. In a journal entry dated June 7, 1948, Reich lists his six necessary conditions for creative sanity — it is his aspirational blueprint to the secret of happiness and the life of purpose.

6 Rules


Two more inspiring articles on creativity:

8 Lessons in Creativity from Pixar

10 Paradoxical Traits of Creative People

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More On Movement And Creativity

If you want to be more creative, move about  – run, walk, roam. It also helps your creativity to get out of your normal routine – do something random, crazy, freeing.

Out of the box thinking

A Visit To Wat Po

I’m so lucky to be living in Bangkok. It’s a city that inspires no matter where you look. Last weekend I did a day trip to the stunning Wat Po Temple purely for the pleasure of photographing. I  came away with a few nice shots that I’d like to share.

If you’re a photographer and haven’t taken any photographs this week – get out in the world for a few hours and take some shots. I think you’ll be surprised and delighted by what you discover when your sole purpose is just to take pictures.

And if you’re not a photographer, do something else creative. Get away from your computer for a while. Get creative – cook, paint, play guitar – you’ll enjoy it and you will have added a little bit of inspiration to your day.

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