Episode 50

Published on:

14th Apr 2023

Creativity, Risk-Taking, Impostor "Syndrome" and Struggle: A Conversation with Rachel Davis

Do you think of yourself as "not creative?" Do you miss the ways you tried artistic pursuits during the pandemic, and have since had to let that go? Do you struggle with perfectionism, impostor syndrome, or overly focusing on the finished product of your endeavors rather than the process itself?

Today we're talking with mixed media artist and retired psychologist Rachel Davis, whose years of experience helping artists and everyday people embrace their creative side and move through their struggles have culminated in a personal milestone for her: retiring from decades as a therapist and becoming a full-time artist.

In this free-roaming and fascinating conversation, we cover everything from the nature of struggle, to what anxiety and creativity have in common, to surefire ways out of writers' block, how passion is more important than talent, creativity's connection to mental health, and more. Join us!

You can learn more about Rachael Davis's work here, and follow her on Instagram!

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Credits: Beautiful cover art by Danielle Merity, exquisitely lounge-y original music by Jordan Cooper

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About the Podcast

Baggage Check: Mental Health Talk and Advice
with Dr. Andrea Bonior
We've all got baggage. But what do we choose to do with it?
Every Tuesday and Friday, licensed clinical psychologist, best-selling author and popular psychology professor Dr. Andrea Bonior takes your mental health questions, and makes you part of the conversation. Join her and other voices as they translate research into real life, and talk about relationships, emotions, health, psychological disorders, stress, finding meaning, work, and occasionally-- just occasionally-- the most obscure dance crazes of 1997.
All are welcome, and nothing is off limits. With science, compassion, and humor, she's here to help.

About your host

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Andrea Bonior

Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, and the best-selling author of “Detox Your Thoughts." She was the longtime mental health advice columnist for The Washington Post, and appears regularly in national media, including CNN and NPR, with several popular courses on the LinkedIn Learning platform. Dr. Bonior’s blog for Psychology Today has been read more than 25 million times. She serves on the faculty of Georgetown University, where she recently won the national Excellence in Teaching award, given by the American Psychological Association.