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Creative People and Madness
Creative People and Madness
Creative People and Madness
Creative People and Madness
Creative People and Madness
Creative People and Madness
Creative People and Madness
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Creative People and Madness

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A number of mental health challenges and myths relate to creative people.

A number of mental health challenges and myths relate to creative people.

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  • Let's be clear. The creative people are the normal ones. The mundane people of the world needed to feel comfortable, so they labeled the creative people crazy and the uncreative, boring people normal. The mundane people of the world are easily the ones that need help.
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  • 1. Creative People: Personality and Mental Health 1
  • 2. Director Tim Burton:"I’ve always been blessed with being easily ignored or avoided. I think maybe it’s because people think I look a little crazy.” 2
  • 3. HuffPost Live program: "A Brilliant Sacrifice" [October 24, 2012] Program description:“A new study confirms thatcertain mental disorders are linked to creative genius." 3
  • 4. Judith Schlesinger, PhD notes the widely-circulated Swedish study [by the Karolinska Institute] mentioned in theprogram has "significant issues" in terms of scientific validity. 4
  • 5. Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman comments,“I do believe that if the mental processes associated with psychosis were evaporated entirely from this world, art would suck..." 5
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  • 7. Musician Sting: “Do I have to bein pain to write? I thought so, asmost of my contemporaries did; you had to be the struggling artist, the tortured, painful, poetic wreck." 7
  • 8. In his article Mis-Diagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children (and hisrelated book), James T. Webb, Ph.D. notes, “Many gifted and talented children (and adults) are being mis-diagnosed bypsychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, and other health care professionals” ashaving ADHD, OCD, Mood Disorders and other conditions. 8
  • 9. Creativity coach Eric Maisel notes: “Only a small percentage of creative people work as often or as deeply as, by all rights, they might be expected to work.“What stops them? Anxiety or some face of anxiety like doubt, worry, or fear..." [Photo: Nicolas Cage in "Adaptation"] See related notes, articles and other resources at: Creative People: Personality and Mental Health 9

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