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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 […]

Carrie Fisher: “Mental illness is not all bad.”

Carrie Fisher: “Mental illness is not all bad.”

-+*Actor, novelist, script consultant, screenwriter, and performance artist Carrie Fisher has experienced depression and other mental health challenges. “The manic end of is a lot of fun. I try to encourage people to envy my mania. A lot of it is just fantastic. “Mental illness sounds so horrendous and it can be. But it’s kind of […]

Creative Expression and Healing

Creative Expression and Healing

-+*Creative expression can transform our painful reactions to traumatic or difficult experiences, providing a way to give voice to painful feelings. Charlize Theron is an example. As a teen, she saw her mother shoot and kill her abusive and violently threatening father in self defense. She said in a 2004 interview that her work has helped […]

Winona Ryder on staying sane

Winona Ryder on staying sane

-+*Winona Ryder: “I was lucky in the sense that my success was gradual. But then there was a point when there was so much attention, and you get surrounded with people who sort of make you feel like you have to do everything… “It’s really tough to suddenly be very famous. I think you get […]

Cinematherapy - use movies for personal growth

Cinematherapy – use movies for personal growth

-+*The latest form of bibliotherapy Being mindfully aware of our reactions to movies can be a potent way to explore our inner life, and enhance our mental health and personal development. A Psychology Today article, Reel Therapy by John W. Hesley, notes, “Although people might be surprised when a therapist recommends a movie, using fiction […]

Mad To Live - the attitude and the foundation

Mad To Live – the attitude and the foundation

-+*This is by Kristin from the Candy Sandwich blog. See some related TalentDevelop links at the end. “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a […]

On The Couch for More Creativity

On The Couch for More Creativity

-+*Over the years since it was developed by Freud, psychoanalysis has been fodder for many jokes and dismissive ideas about the value of therapy and even psychology in general. But many writers and other artists choose the experience of analysis and other forms of therapy as a way to both become healthier and to better […]

Happy Pills In America

Happy Pills In America

-+*Our Complex Love Affair With Designer Consciousness From Medical News Today The spectacular increase in the use of psychiatric drugs over the past 50 years involved what a University at Buffalo historian calls “a massive break with what we consider ‘normal’ mental health,” one linked to myriad social and cultural changes in America. “Happy Pills […]

Living With Extreme Mental States

Living With Extreme Mental States

-+*As she noted at the start of her blog (in 2005), writer Liz Spikol “struggles with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder and OCD. I was also diagnosed with dissociative disorder N.O.S. — which means I suffer from intermittent depersonalization and derealization.” Here is part of a New York Times article that includes Spikol and others […]

Novelist Clare Allen on "Poppy Shakespeare," mental illness and creativity

Novelist Clare Allen on “Poppy Shakespeare,” mental illness and creativity

-+*By Cat Robson. The film Poppy Shakespeare, based on Clare Allen’s novel, takes us down a cinematic rabbit hole into north London’s fictional Dorothy Fish day hospital where the clearly ‘sane’ Poppy, played by Naomie Harris, has been mysteriously committed to a compulsory day-program for the mentally ill. In a psychiatric Catch 22, she must […]

Pain and suffering and developing creativity

Pain and suffering and developing creativity

-+*“I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?” Refrigerator magnet from stickergiant.com “Suffering is justified as soon as it becomes the raw material of beauty.” Jean-Paul Sartre The tortured artist mythology is an ancient and enduring notion: The idea that art depends on suffering, and artists are likely to be fraught with suffering and dark […]

Too 'depressing' a topic for Valentine's Day?

Too ‘depressing’ a topic for Valentine’s Day?

-+*Anne Tyler Lord writes: “Some may think that depression is too ‘depressing’ of a topic for Valentine’s Day. But I think it is the best because it is one of the holidays where many people experience depression, right up there with Christmas and New Year’s Eve. “And, what better way to care for your heart […]

The creative experience: intensity or madness

The creative experience: intensity or madness

-+*By Cat Robson. As I discovered over the years in my own interactions with the mental health system, when someone with a creative personality is seen through the eyes of those who have a different temperament, such as scientists and doctors, the result can be mislabeling and misdiagnosis. People who are uncomfortable with extreme states […]

Can stress and bad moods spur creativity?

Can stress and bad moods spur creativity?

-+*According to research by professor Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School and colleagues, negative mood-triggering situations and stress can in some ways enhance creative expression. An article on the research asks, “Where does creativity come from, and how can it be harnessed? “The answer may be a dark one, says Professor Modupe Akinola, whose research […]

Ingmar Bergman on mastering anxiety, depicting joy

Ingmar Bergman on mastering anxiety, depicting joy

-+*As journalist Charles McNulty writes, Ingmar Bergman [1918-2007] “will always be remembered first and foremost as one of the most influential of European auteurs, a filmmaker whose enthralling forays into characters’ interior darkness were unmatched in their psychological acuity and inward intensity.” [From “Bergman a giant not only of film but of the stage,” Los […]

Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

-+*~ ~ ~ ~ The idea of the mad artist is supported to some extent by research, and the experiences of mental illness for many creative people. What do psychologists say? Here is a video on the topic: “Connecting strength and vulnerability of the creative brain” – PBS, July 25, 2014. “Why have so many […]

Peter D. Kramer

You’re crazy. Or maybe not.

-+*Do you ever feel depressed, anxious, obsessed, compulsive, too sensitive – or just out of it? Does that mean you’re really crazy? What does ‘crazy’ mean anymore, with so many categories of mental disorder? What does ‘normal’ even mean? Peter D. Kramer, clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown University, notes “Diagnostic labels are proliferating, and […]