This made for a very interesting read this morning, as someone who has a few ‘quirks’ and is trying to have a creative career these types of studies always interest me, I do see the huge link between not being about to gain employment in the normal world led me to rediscover my creative side and try to earn money from it, not the other way around. If anything my mental health issues and life experience always lead me to careers of wanting to help others and if anything in the past my mental health has hindered my creative side too, filling my head with self doubts that resulted in me burning or throwing away what ever it was I created. So I would say that where as there may be no link between the two creativeness and embracing mine has helped with me accept who I am including my mental illnesses
Is it true that creative people are more likely to be mentally ill than non-creative people? Are artists and writers are more likely to be alcoholics? Clinically depressed? Commit suicide? Most people can think of at least one famous artist or writer who committed suicide (Hemingway, Plath) or did something wildly eccentric (Van Gogh cutting off his ear). Hollywood seems to believe in a link; think of movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Shine (1996).
But these are just isolated anecdotes. Is there any research? Voila: a new study has just been published by a Swedish research team, providing suggestive evidence that creativity may be connected to mental illness. This exciting new publication, along with an earlier 2011 publication by the same team, was reported in BBC News, CBS News, and here on the Huffington Post. The lead author of the study, Simon Kyaga, has presented his research at…
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