Category: Creativity

Seeking the muse … again … and again …

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I took time off from working on a manuscript to prepare a short paper and present at a conference. As I shift my focus back to book writing, I feel the weight of a large, creative project, along with the need to regain momentum that I typically face after a break. A friend once described a book …

Embracing the shadow side of creativity

Darkness Visible

In a blog post, “What is Creativity?,” Maria Popova quoted designer Charles Eames on the cultural obsession with the creative process: “Recent years have shown a growing preoccupation with the circumstances surrounding the creative act and a search for the ingredients that promote creativity. This preoccupation suggests we are in a special kind of trouble — …

Does trauma increase creativity?

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A 2011 study suggests there may be a connection between creativity and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research conducted by Robert Miller and David Johnson revealed PTSD correlates with a greater capacity for symbolic representation, which is necessary for artistic as well as scientific endeavors. The study compared 56 Vietnam combat veterans with 14 veterans who …