My name is Jeff Fajans and I am a music creator, guitarist, and psychologist studying Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. My areas of interest are creativity & innovation, engagement, interest, and emotional balance (and of course music).
The purpose of this website is to share with others what I believe to be important topics concerning optimal functioning and living a creative, meaningful life.
It is my theory that when one follows what he/she finds engaging and interesting, the natural result is the good, autotelic life. (If you haven’t checked out the meaning of autotelic yet, click here, it’s badass).
This does not mean that life will be free of hardships or challenges, but when following the autotelic way of life, one is able to embrace one’s unique complexities and create value for not only oneself, but for the surrounding environment.
This website aims to help people be more creative, become more engaged with life, harness the power of their unique interests, and become more emotionally balanced and satisfied individuals.
Basically….I want to help you become a Badass.
What Makes This Site Different
I feel that there are a lot of good sites out there that talk about creativity in some fashion or other. These are good blogs with good bloggers operating them, but frankly, they aren’t good enough in terms of scientific, empirically based information on what creativity actually is in the world. Creativity is often approached from a mystical, spiritual, and exclusive way. Not that creativity isn’t mystical, spiritual, or exclusive (it definitely can be all these things) but for real people to be able to take real actions to increase their creative skills and improve their well-being, these constructs have to be demystified and carefully classified to some degree.
I will be talking about the more esoteric aspects of creativity at some point, but I find that it is more important to provide information that has been validated through science than to try to get you to discover what your “power animal” may be or some other weird, wacky stuff.
Buddhist monks often isolated themselves in the Tibetan mountains for months, years, and even decades to cultivate their attentional skills and increase their emotional balance. Contrary to how it seems from a Western perspective, these monks went on retreat in order to more deeply work on themselves so that when they returned, they lived, breathed, and spoke as a true example of what their practices teach. In other words, they believed that one could not fully (or without harm) teach others the ways of emotional and attentional balance if they had not mastered these skills themselves. The best teacher is one who fully lives and acts in concert with what he teaches.
Rather than just preaching my views and other research findings on the aforementioned topics,
I will be doing my best to walk the walk, and not just talk the talk.
Although I will not be typing these articles in a little cave somewhere in India while levitating and meditating all at once, but I will be sharing with whoever chooses to read this blog different musical and other creative works that I have done or am in the process of doing.
Feel free to comment or put in your two cents from time to time on my writings or music. It is nice to see others engaging with the website, but if not, no worries as I am doing this website for the sake of doing it regardless if every single reader thinks it is garbage (though hopefully you find it useful).
Please feel free to drop me a line any time with any questions or comments.
On a side note, if you are in the Inland Empire area and are looking to expand your creativity and creative activities, I also teach guitar lessons to those motivated to learn.