“I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers; that restlessness and discontent are vital things; and that intense experience and suffering instruct us in ways that less intense emotions can never do.
“I believe, in short, that we are equally beholden to heart and mind, and that those who have particularly passionate temperaments and questioning minds leave the world a different place for their having been there.”
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD – in her essay The Benefits of Restlessness and Jagged Edges
The image is from her book Exuberance: The Passion for Life
In this book she wants people to “appreciate how life-saving exuberance is to us as a species.
“I have always been fascinated by mania. There is an exhilaration in the early stages of mania that people who have experienced it would sell their firstborn to feel again. Mania is a sickness; it’s easy to romanticize unless you’ve been there.
“What is really healthy and great is exuberance. A passion for life, an exuberant temperament, allows people to do things they wouldn’t be able to do if they didn’t have it,” Jamison says.
From my post Passion Fuels Creative Expression.
There are quotes by Jamison in many other posts – for example, Mood Swings And Our Creativity.
Article publié pour la première fois le 28/03/2015