My latest Psychology Today blog
Creative Strengths Blog
by John McCarthy
2w ago
“Why that old clarinet benefits your brain” can be found here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/the-innovator-next-door/202403/that-old-carinet-and-your-brain ..read more
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Re-starting in late adulthood: A time for creative zest
Creative Strengths Blog
by John McCarthy
2w ago
Starting something—a diet, a workout regimen, or a new language—can be challenging.  Two steps forward, one step back.  Making mistakes, then making more mistakes, and sometimes not recognizing the progress made.  Starting something later in life, such as after retirement, comes with its own challenges.  Yet, at the same time, it is a period filled with tremendous creative potential.  In her book It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again, Julia Cameron makes precisely this point.  She started piano lessons at age 60, and, even after five years of practice, she still cons ..read more
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Newest blog for Psychology Today: September 3, 2023
Creative Strengths Blog
by John McCarthy
11M ago
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-innovator-next-door/202308/smiling-a-possible-ingredient-in-creative-thinking ..read more
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2000 NCAA: Kentucky 85, St. Bonaventure 80 (2OT)
Creative Strengths Blog
by John McCarthy
1y ago
Both St. Bonaventure (SBU) and the University of Kentucky had storied basketball programs, but had never faced each other.  That changed on a Thursday afternoon on March 16, 2000, in the Cleveland State University Convocation Center.  The Bonnies, decided underdogs in the first round NCAA game, brought 21 wins to the contest before losing to Kentucky in double overtime, 85-80.  In a 2020 CBS Sports article by Matt Norlander, the game was ranked (#46) as among the 101 most exciting games in modern NCAA history. At 22-9, Kentucky Wildcats fell to Arkansas in the first round of the ..read more
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National Bad Idea Day?
Creative Strengths Blog
by John McCarthy
1y ago
Image: geralt/Pixabay I searched without success.  Yes, I consulted the National Day Calendar, and it wasn’t there.  I’m saddened to tell you that you missed “National Talk Like Shakespeare” Day (April 23).  Perhaps that news doth brings warm cheer to your heart.  Ironically it was the same exact day as “National Take a Chance Day,” which presented an opportunity for the most reluctant to move out of their comfort zone.  But I couldn’t find it: National Bad Idea Day.  I guess that it doesn’t exist.  The closest theme was International Day of Failure, an event ..read more
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Thanks to Beirut attendees
Creative Strengths Blog
by John McCarthy
1y ago
It was a joy to be with everyone at the workshop on “Creative thinking: Ways to Flourish and Innovate” in Beirut yesterday. Thank you for your positive energy and tremendous participation. My best wishes in creativity thinking are sent to all of you ..read more
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Beirut workshop: April 27, 2023
Creative Strengths Blog
by John McCarthy
1y ago
Please feel free to join me in Beirut on Saturday, April 23. More information is attached ..read more
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A wonderful quote…
Creative Strengths Blog
by John McCarthy
1y ago
…seen at the Museum of the Future in Dubai on Saturday ..read more
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Middle East Psychological Association: 2023 conference
Creative Strengths Blog
by John McCarthy
1y ago
My sincere thanks to Dr. Joanne Hands, president of the Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA), and the organizing team for a tremendous 2023 conference and expo! It was an exceptional event. Four-hour workshop: Adding Creative Thinking to your Psychological World ..read more
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1977 NIT: St. Bonaventure 94, Houston 91
Creative Strengths Blog
by John McCarthy
1y ago
In only his fourth season as the Bonnies head coach, Jim Satalin found himself in the national spotlight against famed coached Guy Lewis.  Looking back 45 years later, Satalin recalled, “It was certainly a challenge for me to coach against someone of that stature, but I felt ok going into the game.  I felt comfortable that we would be very competitive in this game for sure.” A crowd of 12,451 packed Madison Square Garden for the 1pm tip on March 20, and Houston star Otis Birdsong was ready.  The Bonnies led, 45-42, at halftime, but, by midway through the second half, he had alre ..read more
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