Dr. Martin Seligman discusses five interesting but little known facts that positive psychology has taught us.
Education and creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson gives a fantastic talk on how the standardized nature of the educational system restricts the imagination and creative diversity of today’s students. He argues that rather than worrying about the future of the external world, more resources should be invested in breaking down the boundaries that society subtly sets within our own minds and hearts.
In the video above, Elizabeth Gilbert muses on society’s general beliefs that (1) creativity and suffering are inherently linked, and (2) artistry ultimately leads to anguish. She claims that the immense responsibility and pressure of “being a genius” has been “killing off artists for the last 500 years.” Gilbert goes on to suggest that the antiquated Greek and Roman approach of externalizing the creative process, that is, seeing an extremely creative person as “having a genius” as opposed to “being a genius” would dramatically reduce the “inherent emotional risks of creativity.”
In this video Susan Cain distinguishes between introversion and shyness, and discusses the current cultural bias which favors extroversion in schools and in the workplace. She argues that solitude is often an essential ingredient for independent thinking and that introverts should not be stigmatized for seeking it out. Cain also emphasizes the point that introverts are a vital creative resource in tackling current world problems and that their talents and abilities should be encouraged and celebrated.
- Shy and proud: The perks of being an introvert (kansascity.com)
- The perks of being an introvert (heraldonline.com)
- Leadership and Personality: Introverts Can Lead, Too (openviewpartners.com)
- Another Thing Introversion Is Not (psychologytoday.com)