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Can Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?

Can Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?

“Though my dark side is dormant right now, it continues to play a big role in whatever capacity I have to be creative.” Jessica Lange said of her depression years ago that “it was really a tough one. And when I came out, I felt like I had gone through something and come out the […]

Relieving the effects of SAD (seasonal affective disorder)

Relieving the effects of SAD (seasonal affective disorder)

By Jen Crippen. Now that the clocks have been turned back the days feel very short. Darkness will fall earlier everyday until December 21st, then the days start getting longer. This time of year many of us (including myself) start to feel the winter blues.  The past few years I have made a few changes […]

Developing creativity: Orna Ross on meditation

Developing creativity: Orna Ross on meditation

By Cat Robson – I’ve always thought of meditation as something I have to do on the floor with my legs crossed, which is just too darn uncomfortable. In fact, I’ve experienced meditative states all my life and didn’t know it. Orna Ross writes in her ebook Inspiration Meditation: Towards the end of my first […]

Fear and trembling and an audience – heal anxiety

A fate worse than death Speaking in front of an audience is reportedly more fearsome than death. It doesn’t have to be a crowd – simply another person. But an audience of any size can be helpful in encouraging our creative expression and personal development – more so if we can be relaxed and authentic. […]

Perfectionism and Depression: What to Do When Being a Perfectionist Drags You Down

Perfectionism and Depression: What to Do When Being a Perfectionist Drags You Down

Here is an excerpt from an article by Sedona Training Associates staff and Hale Dwoskin: Do you ever think the following self-limiting beliefs? * It’s not OK to make a mistake * People will not like me if I’m not perfect * I’ll avoid anything I can’t do well * I’m a failure because I […]

A Time and Place to be Bipolar?

A Time and Place to be Bipolar?

In his book “The Hypomanic Edge : The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success in America,” John D. Gartner, Ph.D. provides a list of characteristics that probably applies to many in the huge community of creative minds in entertainment fields: “Filled with energy… flooded with ideas… driven, restless, and unable to […]

Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health

Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health

Pretty much all of us experience some kind of trauma in life. How does creative expression help people deal with it? How do people make use of traumatic experiences in their creative work? What impacts on mental health can trauma have, and how can people regain mental and emotional health? Trauma takes many forms, and […]

Over-Thinking and No-Thinking

From article No-Thinking Zone, By Derrick Carpenter, Positive Psychology News Daily I over-think. A lot. And I bet many of you can relate. My over-analysis rarely takes me to a higher state of being. In many cases, I get caught in spirals of “What if…?” and “If it wasn’t for…” that spin me around until […]

Giftedness, sensitivity and psychiatric drugs: why do we take them and why do we quit?

Giftedness, sensitivity and psychiatric drugs: why do we take them and why do we quit?

By Cat Robson What are some of the considerations that lead sensitive and gifted adults to take psychiatric medications? What are some of the reasons people stop taking medications? What are the alternatives? My inner life, and sometimes my outer life, is painful/chaotic/confusing. The DSM symptoms list for certain mental illnesses seem to fit me […]

Anger and creativity

Anger and creativity

Actor and Singer/songwriter Melora Hardin said in our interview: “Anger is the best propeller for any kind of action, it really gets you moving. It’s a good thing. A healthy thing. “But I also think a lot of people — like some songwriters I interact with — get really caught in the trap of feeling […]

Elyn Saks, Schizophrenia and Creativity

Elyn Saks, Schizophrenia and Creativity

Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. notes that schizotypy, a milder version of schizophrenia, “consists of a constellation of personality traits that are evident in some degree in everyone.” “Research confirms a link between schizotypy and creative achievement. In particular, ‘positive’ schizotypal traits such as unusual perceptual experiences and magical beliefs tend to be elevated […]

The Link Between Depression And Anxiety

The Link Between Depression And Anxiety

Many highly talented, creative people experience some degree of anxiety, as well as depression. This writer is a “psychologist and nutrition specialist who personally dealt with depression for nearly 20 years, and through his research developed a way to shift your focus and change your mindset, to re-gain control over your thoughts and feelings.” ~ […]

Don't Mess With My Brain [Mental Health and Creative People]

Don’t Mess With My Brain [Mental Health and Creative People]

In the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975, based on the novel by Ken Kesey), criminal Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is transferred to a mental institution due to his apparently deranged behavior, which turns out to be a deliberate gambit by him to serve out his sentence in an easier place than […]

Artists and Addiction - Part 2

Artists and Addiction – Part 2

[Continued from Part 1] A disposition to use substances to deal with emotional challenges can start with being prescribed medications. In the book Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential, Lisa, age 14, talks about being given Valium by a doctor: “Taking pills or smoking a joint helped get me through the day.” She […]

Excessive Internet Use Linked to Depression [or not]

Excessive Internet Use Linked to Depression [or not]

A ScienceDaily news article reports: People who spend a lot of time browsing the Internet are more likely to show depressive symptoms, according to the first large-scale study of its kind in the West by University of Leeds psychologists. Researchers found striking evidence that some users have developed a compulsive internet habit, whereby they replace […]

Eric Maisel on meaning and depression

Eric Maisel on meaning and depression

Author, artist, performer, and creativity coach Janet Riehl interviewed Eric Maisel, PhD about his book “The Van Gogh Blues: A Creative Person’s Path Through Depression.” Janet Riehl: Eric, what I hear you saying is that when creative people in particular maintain a connection to their mission or purpose (you call it a Life Purpose Statement […]

Sinead O'Connor on her creativity and dealing with depression

Sinead O’Connor on her creativity and dealing with depression

On or about April 24, 2012, an announcement was posted on her site www.sinead-oconnor.com that Sinead O’Connor has had to cancel her tour. She posted the following note: “With enormous regret I must announce that I have to cancel all touring for the year as am very unwell due to bi polar disorder. “As you […]

Punishing and sabotaging ourselves

Punishing and sabotaging ourselves

Princess Diana is among many people who have self-harmed. She admitted cutting her arms and legs, explaining, “You have so much pain inside yourself that you try and hurt yourself on the outside because you want help.” [From the page Cutting.] Physical self-harm is a complex experience, not simply explained as just a cry for […]

Highly creative people have brains similar to those with schizophrenia

Highly creative people have brains similar to those with schizophrenia

Research provides more neuroscientific explanation for the potential links between mental health and mental illness to creativity. A press release reports: “By studying receptors in the brain, researchers at Karolinska Institute have managed to show that the dopamine system in healthy, highly creative people is similar in some respects to that seen in people with […]

Maggie Gyllenhaal on the emotional challenges of acting

Maggie Gyllenhaal on the emotional challenges of acting

Maggie Gyllenhaal: [about her film SherryBaby] Obviously, I understood that all the things that happened in the movie were painful for her, but I didn’t let that into the work. Then all the terrible things I’ve had to go through surfaced after we’d finished shooting. And I got over it. I don’t think I could […]

Creativity and madness: The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity

Creativity and madness: The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity

By Cat Robson Just what is ‘normal’ for a creative person? After trying clumsily to conform to what others consider normal for much of my life, I’m beginning to appreciate my own moods and personality. Are creative people like us ‘abnormal’?  In his paper The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity, Steven James Bartlett writes…. Norwegian painter […]

Are certain mental disorders linked to creative talent?

Are certain mental disorders linked to creative talent?

HuffPost LIve program segment: A Brilliant Sacrifice From program description: “A new study confirms that certain mental disorders are linked to creative genius. Can this change the treatment of patients and our perception of brilliance?” GUESTS: Michael Kimber (Toronto, Canada) Journalist, Colony-of-Losers.com Judith Schlesinger, PhD … author of the book The Insanity Hoax: Exposing the […]

Is it creative obsession or a disorder?

Is it creative obsession or a disorder?

How obsessive are you? Writer Bertil Hjert asks: “Are you neat? Do you like to keep everything organized, orderly and tidy? While these are great character traits in the normal course for both your work environment and your home environment, they can become confining when taken to an extreme.” From article Do You Want to […]

Psychotherapist Sarah Chana Radcliffe on EFT and Holosync

Psychotherapist Sarah Chana Radcliffe on EFT and Holosync

Psychotherapist Sarah Chana Radcliffe practices emotionally focused therapy, process experiential psychotherapy, energy psychology, EMDR, and cognitive behavioral therapy. In this excerpt from a Shrink Rap Radio podcast, she talks about EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Holosync and some other approaches to personal development and healing. See the post to hear an excerpt from her podcast interview: […]

On being restless with jagged edges

On being restless with jagged edges

“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 […]

Mental health and creativity posts

Mental health and creativity posts

The impact of mood disorders and other mental health challenges on being creative. The Mad Hatter : “Have I gone mad?” Alice : “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” ~ ~ ~~~~ Originally posted 2012-10-29 10:59:55.

Negative emotions - How do we create them?

Negative emotions – How do we create them?

Why do we experience troubling, disrupting, and often self-limiting, emotions? For example, anxiety – probably most of us experience it to some degree, at some times. But it isn’t the same as being afraid of something tangible like falling from a thrill ride. Or is it? Morty Lefkoe explains, “An emotion is the experiential, chemical, […]

Jennifer Capriati on treating her depression

Jennifer Capriati on treating her depression

“Sometimes you get to a point where you can’t stop what you are thinking. It’s like you’re being taken over by a demon.” Many talented people are faced with mental health challenges, such as depression. The following are excerpts from the article: Jennifer Capriati tries to beat her demons, By Wayne Coffey, NYDailyNews.com July 15th […]

Dealing with self-sabotage: Getting past I'm not good enough

Dealing with self-sabotage: Getting past I’m not good enough

By Cat Robson My very well-meaning parents were far from Mommie Dearest. Nevertheless, they were raised to believe, for instance, that babies shouldn’t be picked up when they cried because comforting them would ‘spoil’ them. They were very sparing in their compliments, fearing we’d get swelled heads. We kids survived, but thriving has been a […]

Living A Creative Life - Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress

Living A Creative Life – Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress

Creativity coach, author and psychologist Eric Maisel, PhD, notes “Some people become doctors, lawyers, accountants, or marketing executives. Some people stay at home and raise a family. “But millions of people make another sort of choice, maybe only as part-time employment if you count the money they earn but as their full-time identity: they become […]

Creativity and madness - Rollo May and Emily Dickinson on mental health and creative people

Creativity and madness – Rollo May and Emily Dickinson on mental health and creative people

The topic of mental health and creative people is endlessly intriguing to many people, myself included, and is addressed in many articles on the Talent Development Resources series of sites. Here are a couple of related items, plus links to more: “Creative people, as I see them, are distinguished by the fact that they can […]

Dealing with trauma and abuse to live a bigger, more creative life

Dealing with trauma and abuse to live a bigger, more creative life

As Shakespeare noted, we are subject to numerous “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” and the “heart-ache and thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.” But many people also suffer abuse and traumas that go beyond those “natural shocks.”  Learning how to regulate emotional reactions to trauma and abuse is important for anyone, but […]

Athletes can also struggle with mental health challenges

Athletes can also struggle with mental health challenges

One of my stereotypes has been that athletes, especially men, are “tough” – physically and emotionally “less sensitive” and less vulnerable to mental health challenges. Not true, of course. Like many sterotypes tend to be, my presumptions have been based on common media depictions of athletes I’ve seen over the years – mainly the occasional […]