Being Happy As An Artist

Formerly “The King of Pain,” Sting says “I’d like to do my work, and be a happy man.”

Psychologist Keith Sawyer notes two studies indicate artists are happier. One study said, “On average artists enjoy higher job satisfaction than other employees, mainly due to more autonomy.”

Changing Our Thinking and Beliefs

“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain

Beliefs are just ideas – and can be questioned and changed, if they don’t support our growth. Belief change expert Morty Lefkoe, psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel, and others address how limiting beliefs can be challenged.

Introverted, Shy or Highly Sensitive in the Arts

MaryBeth Schroeder: “When I explain to people that I feel bashful or uncomfortable when they look at me, there is always a ‘BUT YOU’RE AN ACTOR! AREN’T YOU USED TO IT?’ – No. I’m an actor for a much deeper reason than ‘I want people to stare at me’.

Courteney Cox cited personality differences as one of the reasons for her split with David Arquette. – “I’m much more of an introvert.”

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Talented, But Insecure

Loren Long, an accomplished artist who has illustrated many books, says, “I guess that, in general, I always need someone to like my work. If they don’t, my self-doubts come to the surface.”

Do you have doubts about your work, or yourself as a creative person. Go to the article and share any ideas or suggestions on what helps.

“My brain has too many tabs open.”

Photo by Andy Mort of Sheep Dressed Like Wolves – an “Online community for introverted and highly sensitive creatives.”

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Excerpts:

Morty Lefkoe on recognizing self-limiting beliefs

Morty Lefkoe notes how much power beliefs have to affect our actions, identity and esteem. He describes his therapeutic approach to eliminate the beliefs that cause our behavioral and emotional patterns. “All meaning is in our minds.  All beliefs are merely the meaning we assign to what we observe.  Before I explain how this axiom […]
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George Vaillant on Meaning – find your purpose with your heart & mind

George Vaillant, MD, author of a number of books including Spiritual Evolution, notes in his Positive Psychology News Daily article, “If we are to find meaning in life, we must pay as much mind to our limbic ‘hearts’ as to our neocortical cognitions. “Our positive emotions evoke thought-action tendencies in humans that broaden human attachment […]
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Brain Differences and Creativity

Notable creative ability and expression can be related to changes in brain structure and function from disease, stroke, injury, disability or other conditions. Darold Treffert, M.D. notes, “Savant syndrome is a rare but remarkable condition in which people with developmental disabilities, including autism or other central nervous system disorders, have some remarkable islands of genius […]
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Taking care of ourselves to be more creative

“For the person who’s ready to change, to grow, to look at things that challenge them and try to learn how to do it differently, that person is going to bloom and blossom into their creativity… when we’re blocked by not taking good enough care of ourselves physically, emotionally, we can’t produce the work we […]
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Are you too intense?

Mia Wasikowska portrayed an emotionally intense teen gymnast in the psychotherapy drama series “In Treatment.” She has commented, “As a teenager I was very anxious. I had a lot of energy and passion that I wanted to channel into creative things, and I always felt like I wasn’t achieving enough.” [From my post Mia Wasikowska […]
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Emotion Regulation

How we relate to our emotions can deeply impact our experience of life, and how well we are able to pursue talents and passions. Trying to block or “escape” what we view as negative feelings or emotions can block access to parts of ourselves we might develop. Laura L.C. Johnson writes in a Positive Psychology […]
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Creative People and Madness [Slideshare presentation]

A number of mental health challenges and myths relate to creative people. For example, director Tim Burton may be acclaimed for his films, including “Alice in Wonderland,” but has also been called ‘crazy’ (at least in part for his appearance) or at least ‘eccentric’ – perhaps a polite cover label for ‘mad.’ … The mythology […]
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