How to Use the Default Mode Network to Increase Creativity


Have you ever been taking a shower when you suddenly had a breakthrough or a great idea? Or perhaps it came to you while you were cutting vegetables, or maybe taking a walk? At any rate, the best ideas will often come to us when we’re not trying to ‘force’ them and often when we don’t expect them. In fact at IDEO headquarters (a design consultancy), employees are...

How to Make Sure You Are at Peek Creativity and Productivity When You Need to Be


There are a lot of articles out there that focus on improving creativity, productivity and generally the capacity to do good work and get results. While these articles are often very useful however, it’s not always clear precisely what they are aiming to achieve. Improving creativity and productivity are undoubtedly noble aims but are we talking about increasing the peak of our potential...

Are Creative People More Disorganised?


While stereotypes are generally bad things and not to be encouraged by-and-large, in many cases they often turn out to have some basis in reality. This is particularly true when it comes to psychology or behaviour – we often hold various beliefs and associations about certain types of people or people with certain behavioural traits without really knowing why, only to have them later verified by...

How to Cultivate Creativity and Ignite Inspiration


Creativity is a very abstract noun and a concept that’s hard to pin down. We all know creativity when we see it, and we all know when we feel inspired, but at the same time it’s not something you can teach or learn and it’s not something you can force. Inspiration strikes when it pleases, and you never know what form it is going to take. This is something of a problem if your...

How to Be an Ideas Guy


Most of us wish that we could have more genius ideas. Ideas that would help us to make money, ideas that would allow us to add creative flare to our events and our romantic gestures, and ideas that would help us to make our lives better. And yet for some people these brilliant ideas just don’t come naturally. Most businesses and work places will have one or two people that they consider...

The Romantics and the Creative Imagination


Therapists and self-help writers often stress the role of creativity in a healthy and happy life. And yet this is nothing new. Over 200 years ago, a disparate group of artists, painters and writers known as the Romantics placed creative imagination at the heart of their movement. The Background Romanticism centered largely on France, England and Germany and involved painters, poets and...

How to Unlock Your Creative Side


For many, the wish to create burns like a passion. The parents of Jimi Hendrix, for example, were told when he was young that his wish to own and play a guitar was so intense it was literally making him ill! Of course, some have their creative urges satisfied by their career or by raising their children. Others, however, live in constant frustration, abandoning novels half way through, flitting...

Ways to Overcome Mental Blocks and Boost Creativity


Creativity is one of the most highly coveted of human traits. A creative person is someone who can come up with novel solutions to problems, create beautiful works of art, spin exciting stories and perhaps create inventions that will make them rich and improve the lives of others. On a much more day-to-day level, creativity can help you to create your own sense of style, to come up with fun and...

How to Tap Into Your Unconscious Creativity


When most of us need to come up with a new idea, or solve a problem, we will consult our conscious mind and rely on it to provide us with the answers we’re looking for. As such we will probably sit down with a pen and paper and start writing down the issues and challenges surrounding the problem. Research suggest though that this may not be the very best way to incite our creativity; the...

Want to Improve Your Creativity? Take a Hike


In our fast-paced world, most of us spend more time interfacing with media and technology than we do interfacing with nature. We often feel that we have become dependent on our computers, mobile phones, and our media, and that we need these things to think and act creatively. But a recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE seems to indicate that the best thing we might be able to do for our...

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH, has been involved in health communications since 1991. Shortly after obtaining her Master of Public Health degree, she began her career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Juliette now lives in Europe, where she launched ServingMed(.)com, a small medical writing and editing business for health professionals all over the world.

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