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Some interesting info and some creativity exercises:

Mental Health & Creativity

Arctia villica (butterfly)PsychCentral offers an article from last year about the link between mental health and creativity. I lifted these these two interesting quotes:

“We have studied the brain and the dopamine D2 receptors, and have shown that the dopamine system of healthy, highly creative people is similar to that found in people with schizophrenia,” says associate professor Fredrik Ullén from Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Woman and Child Health.

“Thinking outside the box might be facilitated by having a somewhat less intact box,” says Dr. Ullén about his new findings.

Perfectionism, Good or Bad?

Also from PsychCentral and in keeping with last week’s article on procrastination: Good Perfectionism vs. Bad Perfectionism. If perfectionism is behind some of your creative procrastination, it might be worth a read. Here’s the conclusion:

What we’re aiming for, then, is to harness our perfectionism in a way that can allow us to stay in the moment, and experience the wonder born in imperfectionism.

Mental Exercises

Twelve fun exercises to stretch your mind from Dorothea Brande (by way of Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project), available here.

Reminders

Don’t forget about the creativity challenge! And come back on Thursday for the next installment of 7 Habits That Can Impede Creativity.

Create every day!

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