Category: Trauma

Creative expression and healing PTSD and other forms of trauma.

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 […]

Alanis Morissette: Channeling rage and finding joy in creativity

Alanis Morissette: Channeling rage and finding joy in creativity

“I have full PTSD that I’m still working on. I’ve done hours of therapy to process everything.” – Alanis Morissette, about dealing with the fame and responses to her album Jagged Little Pill. She comments in the same article about some of the themes of her new album, Havoc and Bright Lights: “There are many […]

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 […]

Traumatic Childhood, Creative Adult

Traumatic Childhood, Creative Adult

Halle Berry said she recalls being terrified that her violent father, who physically abused her mother, would turn on her. “I think I’ve spent my adult life dealing with the sense of low self-esteem that sort of implanted in me. Somehow I felt not worthy.” She explained, “Before I’m ‘Halle Berry,’ I’m little Halle…a little […]

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 […]

Cheryl Arutt on Mental Health and Creative People

Cheryl Arutt on Mental Health and Creative People

Clinical psychologist Cheryl Arutt specializes in trauma recovery and creative artist issues. In our audio interview, she talks about many topics, such as: “Bad boy” images and acting-out Actors and actresses with “bad boy” or “troubled” images, or problems with issues of anger and acting out, have included Christian Bale, Shia Labeouf and many other talented […]

Pete Townshend on facing the past and its traumas

Pete Townshend on facing the past and its traumas

Pete Townshend is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the rock group The Who – an artist in a career of more than 40 years. Rolling Stone magazine listed him among the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. His memoir ‘Who […]

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 […]