Evidence-based guide on creative thinking in the times of the coronavirus

Reading time: 4 minutes As a psychologist and a researcher, I decided to assemble an evidence-based overview of how the pandemic possibly influences our creative thinking. How can we keep solving problems creatively in the times of the coronavirus? How to think outside the box and keep making a difference, when the world has turned Read More

Two creative discoveries that turned my idea of helping animals upside down

Remember how I argued that the problem of factory farming needs our best creative thinking skills? My point was that the scale of animal suffering is overwhelming, but the human population does very little to solve it. This sucks, but luckily, creative thinking is something that hopefully enables us to use scarce resources efficiently to Read More

Creativity: a must-have resource in the animal rights movement

Reading time: 4 minutes In my mind, factory farming has always been the worst nightmare I could ever imagine. One that makes The Saw look like a movie for toddlers, but unlike the Saw, it happens for real and affects billions of lives. Even though animal advocates from all over the world keep looking for Read More

A tree log fallen on the path as a metaphor of an obstacle to a goal.

How motivated people see their obstacles?

Time for a confession: How motivated are you? Think about something you recently wanted to achieve. What happened when you got tired or faced a temptation? If obstacles easily distract you, you might be less committed than you thought. A recent study showed that people differ in how they see the obstacles, depending on the Read More

Christmas decorations on a Christmas tree as a symbol of tradition.

Christmas traditions: Did you make the best of them?

Since I moved from Poland to the Netherlands more than two years ago, I spent every Christmas break in my hometown, Gdańsk. How could I possibly enjoy the magic of Christmas traditions away from my family? It was hard to imagine. Now, with the subtle warmth of the sunshine on my face, sitting in my Read More

Focusing when searching for a book

Focused attention: Should you sometimes let it go?

If only I was able to focus, I would achieve so much more… Does that sound familiar? Are you convinced that staying focused will help you accomplish your aims? Choosing your priorities with care and focusing on the goal pursuit will certainly make you more efficient. But excessive focusing can kill your unborn ideas. How Read More

Doodle of a hedgehog

How creativity works? Associations and hedgehogs.

Have you heard that feeling happy, meditating, or thinking about the future can boost your creativity? Surprised? Indeed, this may sound like bullshit. But once you know what is happening behind the scenes, it makes sense. Understanding how creativity works is the first step to improve your creative thinking. We all used to play the Read More