Does creativity come with a price? Part 2

This is part 2 on creativity.

In this creativity closely entwined with mental illness:

As a group, those in the creative professions were no more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders than other people.

But they were more likely to have a close relative with a disorder, including anorexia and, to some extent, autism, the Journal of Psychiatric Research reports.

There has been studies about creativity and mental illness.  I have copied them here as reference:

Creativity is known to be associated with an increased risk of depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Thalamus
The thalamus channels thoughts

Similarly, people who have mental illness in their family have a higher chance of being creative.

Creative people, like those with psychotic illnesses, tend to see the world differently to most. It’s like looking at a shattered mirror”  Mark MillardUK psychologist

He believes it is this barrage of uncensored information that ignites the creative spark.

This would explain how highly creative people manage to see unusual connections in problem-solving situations that other people miss.

In an earlier review on Creativity and mental illness, however the

Conclusions: There is limited scientific evidence to associate creativity with mental illness. Despite this, many authors promoted a connection. Explanations for this contradiction are explored, and social and research implications are discussed.

I found these findings fascinating.  As I reflected on the significance of developing ourselves and others as more creative educators and learners, we might need to be aware of these research findings.

Would creative sparks for some creative people and geniuses  be associated with some forms of mental illnesses?

Could we be highly creative, but are perfectly healthy mentally?

It seems that we still have a lot of unknowns about creativity and its association with our mental being.

4 thoughts on “Does creativity come with a price? Part 2

  1. Actually there is a strong link between Bipolar and Epilepsy and Migraine sufferers. Much research done on this by Oliver Sacks .. the author of The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Mistook_His_Wife_for_a_Hat
    This spectrum of mental disorders does lead to creativity in varying levels and fields. Mostly all higher functioning intellectuals with creative streaks – but sometimes a very different view of the world. The price for such creativity is often isolation and mania. The rewards for such creativity are often self-preservation and genius.

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