Creativity takes courage. Henri Matisse

Fear and Courage and Creating

“The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring effort. Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

What fears and anxieties are holding you back from expressing yourself more creatively? Matisse and many other artists and psychologists note creative work requires courage or dealing with our fears.

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Resources for Introverts and Highly Sensitive People

Resources for Introverts and Highly Sensitive People

This page includes books, sites and articles that explore these qualities, their impact on our creative lives, and how we can thrive using the positive aspects.

One item on the page is an audio clip: Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D., M.F.T. talks about introversion versus shyness.

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Stephen King

Impostor Feelings Can Dampen Your Creativity

Even very talented people may experience fraud or impostor feelings, which can lead to insecurity about their abilities, despite their accomplishments. Shame can feed those feelings.

Stephen King relates a story about his high school teacher critiquing some of his work.

King says, “I was ashamed. I have spent a good many years since — too many, I think — being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction and poetry who has ever published a line has been accused of wasting his or her God-given talent.”

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More articles:

On Being Sensitive

The trait of high sensitivity is experienced by 15 to 20 percent of us. In this video are some quotes by and about Winona Ryder, Heath Ledger, Amy Brenneman, Scarlett Johansson [photo], Anne Hathaway, and Ellen DeGeneres. See Video: On Being Sensitive on the Highly Sensitive site. Originally posted 2009-11-04 20:30:52.

Perfectionism and Brene Brown on The Gifts of Imperfection

Perfectionism can be an unhealthy way to try to satisfy distorted ego needs or defuse shame or low self-esteem, for example – but it is a simple name for what can be a complex set of drives and attitudes that can also fuel our pursuit of excellence and motivate social change. Hilary Swank: “The great […]

Feeling like an impostor, a fraud

“Sometimes I wake up in the morning before going off to a shoot, and I think, I can’t do this; I’m a fraud. They’re going to fire me — all these things. I’m fat; I’m ugly…” Those admissions by Kate Winslet were made after her Academy Award nominations for Titanic (1997) and Sense and Sensibility […]

Ways to Be Your Own Therapist

In this excerpt from the article “Ten Ways to Be Your Own Therapist,” psychotherapist Daniel Mackler speaks about nurturing our ability to know and take care of ourselves by journaling, and other self-help strategies. […]

The upside of our dysfunctions

“So many good things have happened to me because of how unhealthy I’ve been mentally.” The photo shows Judd Apatow directing his wife, Leslie Mann, on the set of “Knocked Up,” which he also produced and wrote. Other credits include “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” and the acclaimed “Freaks and Geeks” TV […]

Getting Past Fear of Failure

By Kenneth W. Christian, Ph.D. “Three fears lead directly to underachievement: fear of failure, fear of success, and fear of making a mistake. Any of these fears can paralyze initiative. When all three are working, initiative grinds to a halt. How many of these fears plague you? Usually, we experience some of each.” […]

What Is Power And How Are We Empowered To Create?

One of the themes of this site is looking at ways we compromise our self confidence and authentic inner strength to be creatively expressive, and how we can be more empowered to realize our talents and dreams. So what does this loaded term ‘power’ mean? With events like war and police reactions to protest marchers, […]

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