Creativity coaches on creativity Source: Eric Maisel In this two-month series of daily posts, creativity coaches from around the world share their best tips for increasing your creativity, manifesting your potential, and living a creative life. Today’s contribution is from Oana Deac, a creativity coach who is also a yoga teacher. There is a phrase in yogic practice of “taking yoga off the mat”: that is, that the principles and practices of yoga are valuable not only while you are engaged with your formal practice but are valuable throughout life. The following is a great example of “yoga off the mat” for creatives. Oana writes: While we all know the benefits Yoga can have on our body, mind and spirit, in this post I would like to talk more specifically about how Yoga can support our creativity. Let me , and share three yogic practices that which I have discovered to be helpful in my creative process. 1. Prana, also known as Life Fforce, is the energy that keeps … [Read more...] about 3 Yogic Practices That Support a Creative Life
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You're talking with someone about a game you both love. But whatever you say, he contradicts—scoffing, shouting, and rolling his eyes as if you're the world's biggest idiot. Running into an ex-roommate, you ask how she's been. She replies—in a 20-minute nonstop monologue, never pausing to ask you a single question or let you remark. When conversations crash and burn, we often blame ourselves or whomever we're talking to—assigning labels such as Naysayer or Snoozefest. But the social awkwardness that causes pain is often caused by pain. Interactive styles that started, under pressure, as survival strategies transform into conversational habits that others misinterpret as rude, weird, selfish, mean. For instance, someone who was mocked relentlessly in childhood because he lisped or loved breaking into song might adopt chronic near-silence for safety's sake. What if we reframed awkward conversations as coded distress signals—dispatched from frontlines long ago and far away? … [Read more...] about 6 Conversation Killers That We Almost Always Misinterpret
The concept of magical thinking has a long history in psychology. Although you would typically associate beliefs in magic with the kind of primitive ideas about the world shown by children, there is considerable evidence that adults can hold to irrational beliefs just as strongly as do elementary-aged youngsters. The content of those beliefs may change, but the essence of this less than scientific way to view the world can linger. To illustrate the nature of magical thoughts in adults, consider the child’s idea about something as seemingly clear regarding the moon’s appearance in the night sky. As observed in the mid-20th century by the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, a 6- or 7-year-old child may be convinced that “the moon is following me.” When it comes to toys, children can also ascribe lifelike qualities to their dolls, stuffed animals, and plastic dragons as you can easily observe while watching them play. However, as children move into adolescence , their beliefs in … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Test Your Magical Beliefs About Relationships
Source: royyimzy/Adobe Stock Culture has been called “an amalgam of values, meanings, conventions and artifacts that constitute daily social realities” (Kitayama & Park, 2010). As a system of meaning and shared beliefs, culture provides a framework for our behavioral and affective norms. Countless studies in cultural psychology have examined the effect of culture on all aspects of our behavior, cognition , and emotion, delineating both differences and similarities across populations. More recently, findings in cultural neuroscience have outlined possible ways that the cultural scripts we learn during childhood and the cultural practices we observe as adults influence our brains. First, what is cultural neuroscience? As an interdisciplinary field of research, cultural neuroscience investigates the relationship between culture and the brain, particularly, the ways in which culture “both constructs and is constructed by the mind and its underlying brain pathways” … [Read more...] about How Culture Wires Our Brains
A recent study of college students' sexual behavior found that while the definition of "rough sex" differs from person to person, the practice should be considered normative. Of participants in relationships, about 4 in 5 had engaged in rough sex with their partner, and almost all reported at least some enjoyment of it. Transgender and non-binary individuals reported higher rates of rough sex enjoyment than others. Rough sex is one of the most popular sexual fantasies . In fact, when I surveyed 4,175 Americans about their fantasies for my book Tell Me What You Want , I found that most people had fantasied about some type of rough sex before. But what exactly does it mean to have “rough sex?” Which specific activities do people include in this? And how many people actually enjoy the idea of rough sex in real life—not just in their fantasies? A recent study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior provides some important insight into these questions, at … [Read more...] about How Many People Have Had “Rough Sex”?