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How trauma leads to growth, creativity and insight! Great article by +Scott Barry Kaufman  
After surviving trauma, recovery seems hard if not impossible. Science suggests that we can gain strength from adversity.
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Great artists, writers and innovators have "messier minds."
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Whoa! Totally humbled and excited I made this list of 50 scientists changing the world. This list is incredible, check it out if you get a chance! Glad to see so many amazing woman on this list, including Maryam Mirzakhani, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Helen Fisher, Cori Barmann, Cynthia Kenyon, Jennifer Eberhardt, and many more amazing men and woman scientists of all different races and ethnicities!!!
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I am very glad to hear this, because you're one of my heroes! Well done and well deserved. May you go from strength to strength. Best wishes for an awesome new year! 
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The Creative Life may not always be pleasant, but stick with it, because it can ultimately lead to a deeper and more meaningful sense of well-being.
The Creative Life is full of new possibilities, discoveries, exploration, experimentation, self-expression, and invention. It's a habit, a way of being, a style of existing. But ...
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LATE FOR WHAT?! CBS Sunday Morning segment on late blooming can be viewed here!
There ARE second acts in American lives, in spite of a cultural ageism that favors early achievers
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want to know the first myth about positive emotions before you pursue happiness or try to help others on the quest to well-being?
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Infants regulate positive emotions through gaze aversion.
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Hi All, my new book on creativity, co-authored with the journalist Carolyn Gregoire-- came out this week! Check it out if you wanna read about the latest science imagination, creativity, and play.

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Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? 

Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire’s popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman and Gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes— like mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, and solitude and collaboration – to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity. Each chapter explores one of the ten attributes and habits of highly creative people: 

Imaginative Play * Passion * Daydreaming * Solitude * Intuition * Openness to Experience * Mindfulness * Sensitivity * Turning Adversity into Advantage * Thinking Differently

With insights from the work and lives of Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, Josephine Baker, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, musician Thom Yorke, chess champion Josh Waitzkin, video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and many other creative luminaries, Wired to Create helps us better understand creativity – and shows us how to enrich this essential aspect of our lives. 
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"Most people toggle between the imagination network and the executive attention network; when they are hyper focused on the world, their inner stream of consciousness is ignored, and when they tap into their inner self, their executive attention is suppressed.
Not so with creative people. The latest neuroscience of creativity suggests that creative people have greater connectivity between these brain networks that tend to work in opposition in most people. This messiness of creativity at the neurological level mirrors its real-life complexity. Both at the level of personality—which tends to be riddled with paradoxes and contradictions—and process, which is often nonlinear, experimental and serpentine, creativity is a messy matter. Simply put, creative people have messy minds."

Nice preview of our new book "Wired to Create" in TIME Ideas about embracing your inherent contradictions for creative growth! Written with the awesome Carolyn Gregoire.
Creative work harmonizes our contradictions
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"There’s something about living life with passion and intensity, including the full depth of human experience, that is conducive to creativity."

My latest for HBR.
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<3 The heart and mind are connected, but +Scott Barry Kaufman explains it so much better in the +The Creativity Post! 
Merely alleviating anxiety and stress don’t necessarily lead to better life outcomes. Positive characteristics, such as optimism, vitality, meaning, and subjective life satisfaction are immensely important in their own right and can lead to better cardiovascular health.
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"It is important to take risks. Most of Thomas Edison's stuff is really crap. He actually had in his generation some of the worst ideas; he just happened to have one or two things that were the best of all time. So it’s okay to have lots of horrible stuff if you can eventually get it together."
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+Scott Barry Kaufman I was going to comment on a post about unconscious racist behavior and thought better of it. But your post here reminds me I was going to admit I have an internal voice that has to be actively suppressed. I dread the thought of being in a nursing home someday and unable to edit myself. On a good day I don't filter bad language well. On the other hand, when I'm unhappy I can produce good poetry and when I'm really happy, I can come up with several novel research topics per happy period. Perhaps not highly productive, but not too shabby.
Right now I'm trying to figure out how to frame questions for researching why younger students tend to use image search in preference to text. It's puzzling. :)
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My entire childhood I felt as though everyone other than me– parents, teachers, other students– were all in on some great secret. Once I grew older, and started challenging assumptions about myself and the world, I started to realize that it was I, who in fact, was in on the great secret. The great secret is that there is no great secret. There is no secret formula, secret gatekeeper, secret key to universal success. While some people in a position of authority and expertise may act as though they are in on the secret, they aren’t. We are all just trying to make our own meaning out of this world, and there are many paths to fulfillment. Once I realized this, it freed me up to explore the world on my own terms. It was one of the most freeing realizations of my life. Thought I’d share the secret.
My entire childhood I felt as though everyone other than me-- parents, teachers, other students-- were all in on some great secret. Once I grew older, and
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  • Carnegie Mellon University
    1998 - 2003