Chaos and Creative Expression

Creative people and writers about the creative process often say creative work is a way to release or make use of inner chaos; what is this turmoil?

“The very impulse to write, I think, springs from an inner chaos crying for order, for meaning, and that meaning must be discovered in the process of writing or the work lies dead as it is finished.” Arthur Miller

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Nurturing Our Self-Esteem – Part 2
Nurturing Our Self-Esteem – Part 2

Why be concerned about self-esteem?

At the beginning of Part 1, psychologist Nathaniel Branden was quoted about it being “the single most important factor for a fulfilling life.”

In a testimonial for a course, Katie talks about her own experience: “It turns out most of my problems stem from not liking myself in some way.”

She writes more on the site for the program:
DIY Self-Esteem: How To Start Liking Yourself

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Challenged By Being So Smart
Challenged By Being So Smart

“My first negative experience of being too smart was in fifth grade.” Jeanette – from the book “Why Smart People Hurt” by Eric Maisel.

Of course, being exceptionally intelligent and creative has many pleasures and benefits – for individuals and society – but there are often challenges that go along with that exceptionality.

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