Everyday Creativity with Dr. Ruth Richards

In this episode of HealthMade radio, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt interviews Dr. Ruth Richards, psychologist, psychiatrist, professor at Saybrook University, and Fellow, American Psychological Association, who has studied everyday creativity in clinical and educational settings. She has published on creativity and social action as well as spiritual development. 

In this insightful interview, Dr. Richards walks us through the concept of Everyday Creativity, which is a process that frees us from the cultural myth that creativity is solely the province of a few rather than the fundamental craft of life it is meant to be. She believes that everyone can manifest and benefit from a lifestyle of everyday creativity.

As Dr. Richards says, “Seen as a process, even a way of life, our everyday creativity offers whole new ways of thinking.”

Framed by the “Four Ps of Creativity” – product, person, process, press –Dr. Richards discusses an alternative understanding of the fundamentals of ordinary creativity. She highlights the importance of process circumventing our common preoccupation with the product, or creative outcome, of creativity. By focusing instead on the creator and the creative process, she demonstrates how we may enhance our relationships with life, beauty, future possibilities, and one another.

In this episode:

  • Learn how to improve the chances of you having that “Aha!” Moment by being mindful instead of mindless.
  • Discover what it means to have an “open” instead of “closed” mindset.
  • Understand the importance of being in the present moment.
  • Realize that its the edge of chaos where creativity takes place and how to embrace that
  • Mundane everyday activities such as hanging out with your kids, playing with them. Learn to embrace these creative moments as inspirational ones

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