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Creative People and Anxiety


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There are many different kinds of anxiety which can prevent people from being as creative as they could otherwise be.

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Creative People and Anxiety

  1. 1. Creative People andAnxiety
  2. 2. Fictional writer ‘Charlie Kaufman’[played by Nicolas Cage] in the movie“Adaptation” by the real screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.
  3. 3. Creativity coach Lisa A. Riley : "Feelings of self-doubt,criticism and negative beliefs can produce anxiety around the creative process.”
  4. 4. Creativity coach and author Eric Maisel, PhD asks, “Are you avoiding your creative work altogether? Do youprocrastinate? That’s anxiety.” Quotes by Riley and Maisel are from my article: Procrastinating and Distracting Ourselves
  5. 5. Eric Maisel also 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..." Quotes from article: Eric Maisel on anxiety and developing creativity Photos from
  6. 6. "Our data shows us that anxietysufferers all share a superior level of creative intellect. This may not be experienced as academic prowess, [but] as a distinct range of both physical and mental attributes effecting creativity, emotional sensitivity and clarity, eccentricity, creative energy and drive…"From article: Creative intellect as a marker for genetic predisposition to high anxiety conditions, by Charles Linden.
  7. 7. Psychologist Elaine Aron thinks “high sensitivity increases the impact of all emotionally tinged events.” In her book The Highly Sensitive Child,she notes that some sensitive adolescents may drink and use drugs to try to overcome anxiety or depression through self-medication. From my post Sensitive to anxiety.
  8. 8. Presenter : Douglas Eby M.A. / Psychology Creator of theTalent Development Resources series of sites :
  9. 9. For more quotes, articles and other resources on this topic of anxiety,see my Creative Mind post: To Be More Creative Deal With Anxiety
  10. 10. See more topics - with notes, links, presentations and other resources on the page :Creative People: Personality and Mental Health