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 Jack Kerouac
Mad To Live – the attitude and the foundationThis was one of the most popular articles in the last newsletter – with quotes by Jack Kerouac: “Not all of us are mad. Mad to live. Mad to talk. Mad to be saved. Most of us stand at the sides…”

This is one of many posts on my sites on the broad topic of “madness” and mental health issues related to creative expression –

Is this a topic you like and want to read even more about in the newsletter?

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Todd Kashdan on Our Dark Side and Creativity“When we are happy, we are very superficial in our thinking.”

A clinical psychologist, professor and well-being researcher, Todd Kashdan addresses how happiness and “unwanted” emotions affect creative thinking and overall well-being in his book “The Upside of Your Dark Side” – an admittedly ‘provocative’ title that may bring to mind Darth Vader.

“With regard to creativity, researchers have found that the ideas suggested by folks who experience both negative and positive moods are judged as 9 percent more creative than ideas put forward by happy people; at work, the stress associated with challenges appears to promote motivation.”


 The Future of Mental Health Conference
The Future of Mental Health Conference
with Dr. Eric Maisel + 15 Experts
February 23-27, 2015 FREE“There isn’t just one way to think about mental health. Today adults and children in distress are presented with a single picture: that they have some “mental disorder” requiring “medical treatment.” In this groundbreaking symposium, top experts from around the world challenge this paradigm, present alternatives, and provide you with the tools you need to live a healthier life.”~ ~ ~ ~
Telltale Signs You Are A Highly Sensitive Person
by Maria Hill – on her site “HSP Health – Great Health for Highly Sensitive People”“Do you like solitary pursuits?
Do you get overhelmed easily?
Do you hate small talk?
Even if you do, how do you know you are a highly sensitive person?
Traits Of The Highly Sensitive Person

Highly sensitive people get the sense at a young age that they are different. They don’t fit in. They are not interested in the same things that other people are interested in. They are not motivated in the same way.”

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My comment [in the comments section at the end]:

Thanks, Maria, for another helpful article. Solitude can help fuel our creativity as HSPs. Musician Ani DiFranco produced her album “Educated Guess” entirely on her own. An interviewer asked, “Your approach, your energy on the current tour and on the new album seem different. Why is that?”

DiFranco replied: “The difference is solitude. I have it in my life now…”

– From my post: Nurturing creativity in solitude.

>> Also see my Facebook page: Highly Sensitive and Creative.

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Building self esteem and identity – what we tell ourselves about ourselves

“Who do you think you are?” – That question can be thrown at someone as an aggressive or angry challenge. But the variation can be a useful question to ask: “Who do I think I am?” How we identify and classify ourselves can have a profound impact on what we think we can be and […]

Timothy T.C. So on the Positivity of Sadness

Some authors, including Kay Redfield Jamison, think there is more to depression than negativity. How can sadness be of any possible benefit? In the following article, Timothy T.C. So discusses the positive side of sadness. The emphasis of positive psychology on building the best things in life and making people’s lives fulfilling does not imply […]

Being brutally honest with ourselves – the basis for self growth

Brigid O’Shaughnessy [Mary Astor]: Help me. Sam Spade [Humphrey Bogart]: You won’t need much of anybody’s help. You’re good. Chiefly your eyes, I think, and that throb you get in your voice when you say things like ‘Be generous, Mr. Spade.’ Brigid O’Shaughnessy: I deserve that. But the lie was in the way I said […]

Art can induce a calm state of mind

In her article How to Use Music and Art as a Relaxation Technique Meditation, Susan Masters writes: “The power of art induces a calm state of mind… any beautiful object, be it a flower, a painting, a piece of music, a movie or a well-written book, helps us let go all the negative thoughts and […]

Sensitive and authentic: Can Authenticity Be Selective?

By Cat Robson One of my constant internal dialogs  revolves around whether or not I’m being authentic. Am I compromising myself? Trying too hard to avoid conflict by keeping silent? Is my desire to have other people feel understood an authentic part of me or counterproductive? And just because a trait is authentic, should I […]

Judith Orloff and Bryce Dallas Howard on psychic ability

As one of the characters in the movie “Hereafter,” Matt Damon portrays an intuitve, someone who seems to be able to communicate with dead people. One of the other characters impacted by those abilities is Marie, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, who revealed in a recent news story her own psychic experiences. She knew early […]

Creative Expression and Healing

Creative expression can transform our painful reactions to traumatic or difficult experiences, providing a way to give voice to painful feelings. Charlize Theron is an example. As a teen, she saw her mother shoot and kill her abusive and violently threatening father in self defense. She said in a 2004 interview that her work has helped […]