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Creativity * Education * Passion and Inspiration * Self-Improvement * Autism/Schizophrenia * Narcissism 


Confessions of a Late Bloomer
We have fixed notions about the time course of success and the nature of talent that encourage us to write off the very people who are most likely to (eventually) change the world.
Psychology Today

How Renaissance People Think
Are you more of a rational or experiential/intuitive thinker? If you cringed as you read the question and thought, “I love constantly shifting between both modes of thought,” then you’re on the path to thinking like a polymath.
Psychology Today

Is High Ability Necessary for Greatness?
Working memory is common, but greatness is rare.
Scientific American

The Mind of the Prodigy
New study on prodigies reveals some startling findings.
The Creativity Post

After the Show: The Many Faces of the Performer
The complexities and contradictions of creative people.
The Huffington Post

The Origins of Positive-Constructive Daydreaming (co-authored with Jerome L. Singer)
This is an exciting time for mind-wandering in psychology. In the past decade, research has shed much light on the mental state of inattention. Amidst all this research, however, we want to make sure daydreaming doesn’t get overlooked.
Scientific American

Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius?
Must one risk getting lost in the sea of madness in order to reach the lone island of genius?
The Creativity Post


The End of Education As We Know It
Using online media, adventurous educators are engaging students and teachers in fresh ways.
design mind

Why Passion is a Gift
Why don’t we view passion and interest as gifts?
Psychology Today

The Need to Believe in the Ability of Disability (co-authored with Kevin McGrew)
Our society has clear expectations regarding students who don’t fit the norm.
The Creativity Post

Who is Currently Identified as Gifted in the United States?
A recent national survey of state policies and practices reveals how the United States defines giftedness, identifies giftedness, and accommodates gifted minority students.
The Creativity Post

Passion and Inspiration

Increase Your Passion for Work Without Becoming Obsessed
Is your passion for work harmonious or obsessed?
Harvard Business Review

Why Your Passion for Work Could Ruin Your Career
While passion seems clearly desirable, recent psychological research suggests that not all forms are adaptive. In fact, some forms can be downright detrimental.
Harvard Business Review

Why Inspiration Matters
In a culture obsessed with measuring talent and ability, we often overlook the important role of inspiration.
Harvard Business Review


The Secret of Long Life and Happiness Revealed
The real key to long life and happiness.
Psychology Today

Life Is One Long Slackline: 12 Lessons Learned From Extreme Highliners About Overcoming Fear and The Path to Greatness
How  to evolve beyond our fears and achieve greatness – extreme highliner style.
Psychology Today

On “Owning Yourself”
What does it mean to own yourself?
Psychology Today


Conversations on Creativity with Darold Treffert
Darold Treffert, M.D. was a technical consultant to the award-winning movie “Rain Man” that made “autistic savant” household terms. We chatted about autism, savantism, genius, nature, nurture, intelligence, creativity, lessons he has learned, recent advances, and the future. Here is the complete interview.
Psychology Today

Conversations on Creativity with Daniel Tammet
On August 18th and August 19th, 2009, Daniel Tammet was gracious enough to let me peer into his world. Here is my complete interview with Daniel, laid out in six parts, along with my own reflections on the interview. I hope you find Daniel’s reflections, insights, and ongoing journey just as fascinating and thought-provoking as I have.
Psychology Today

A Call for New Measures of Asperger’s and Schizotypy
Our current measurements of Asperger’s and Schizotypy are woefully incomplete.
Scientific American

Is Implicit Learning Impaired in People with Autism?
There are a lot of unfounded assumptions regarding the deficits of people with an autism spectrum disorder. One big one is that people with autism have difficulty with implicit learning. But is it true?
The Huffington Post

Flow and Psychosis in the Artist’s Experience
New research suggests that some mental mechanisms and dispositions that are associated with full-blown psychosis may confer tremendous advantages to flow, creativity and what makes life meaningful.
The Huffington Post

Where Are All the Schizophrenia Role Models?
Where is the schizophrenia advocacy?
Psychology Today


How to Spot a Narcissist
Welcome to the contradictory universe of narcissism.
Psychology Today

Are Narcissists Better at Reading Minds?
The dark side of theory of mind.
Psychology Today

Do Narcissists Know They Are Narcissists?
How self-aware are narcissists?
Psychology Today