creativity Archives - Ben Michaelis, PhD

“Decoding Your Desk: What Does It Say About You?” – HowStuffWorks

Is your cluttered desk a sign of creative genius or total chaos? Experts weigh in.   The eyes might be the windows to the soul, but your desk lets people see right into your brain. OK, maybe that’s a stretch, but it does beg the question: Messy or not, is your desk an accurate reflection […]

"7 Reasons Adult Coloring Books Will Make Your Life A Whole Lot Brighter" – Bustle

  Coloring books for adults have become the latest trend, and, unlike some fads, this one is actually really good for you. According to clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis, coloring is a stress-free activity that relaxes the amygdala — the fear center of the brain — and allows your mind to get the rest it needs. […]

How To Recover From A Creative Hangover With Dr. Ben Michaelis

Ever feel stuck after publishing a big project? You hit publish on that big project. You’re proud of the work you’ve done and are excited to share it with the world. Then the unthinkable happens, your audience actually loves the work. They consume it and share with friends. This is the greatest work you’ve published […]

"The Throwback Stress Reliever That Everyone’s Instagramming" – SELF

It’s Monday night. Do you know where your crayons are? For a growing slice of grown women, with big jobs, busy schedules and more than a bit of digital fatigue, going analog, in the form of hobbies you may last remember engaging in when you were eight, is the latest way to beat stress. In […]

Creativity World Forum In Full Swing In OKC

The Creativity World Forum 2015 opened with a quote from poet Charles Wright about the landscapes within us and about us and a performance of the Willy Wonka song “Pure Imagination” by Graham Colton. Bart Conner greeted an audience composed of people from 11 nations and 25 states and introduced the morning panel of Creativity […]

Unrequited Love Can Serve You Well If You Let It; The Benefits Of Rejection

Heartbreak hurts. Rejection can make us lash out. But when you’re ready, it can all be an opportunity for personal transformation “I have seen that people who are higher in resilience tend to naturally make more adaptive interpretations to rejection,” Dr. Ben Michaelis, a clinical psychologist and speaker based in New York City, told Medical Daily in an […]