Genius and Insanity

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I am eccentric, there’s no denying that. It’s a well-known fact that creative individuals have a much higher rate of manic depression, or bipolar disorder, than does the general population. Just look at John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway for example. I could go on and on with my list of Actors, Actresses’, comedians writers, and poets.

A few controlled studies have been done to build the link between mental illness and creativity. It is believed that somewhere somehow all of this has something to do with Emotional range. Having an emotional broadband is the advantage. It isn’t the only thing going on, but emotional range gives people an edge. Healthy artists are more similar in personality to individuals with manic depression than to healthy people in the general population.

In an Attempt to create a roadmap for psychiatric researchers looking to solve the genius/madness paradox depicted in the movie A Beautiful Mind, which tells the story of Nobel Laureate John Nash. Researchers administered standard personality, temperament and creativity tests to 47 people in the healthy control group, 48 patients with successfully treated bipolar disorder and 25 patients successfully treated for depression. She also tested 32 people in a healthy, creative control group. This group was comprised of students enrolled in prestigious product design, creative writing and fine arts programs, students in Mechanical Engineering, master’s students from the Department of Art & Art History. All subjects were matched for age, gender, education and socioeconomic status.

Preliminary analysis showed that people in the control group and recovered manic depressives were more open and likely to be moody and neurotic than healthy controls. Moodiness and neuroticism are part of a group of characteristics researchers are calling “negative-affective traits” which also include mild, nonclinical forms of depression and bipolar disorder.

I’d love to see someone trying to make a roadmap of my emotional synapsis. Moodiness and neuroticism is just part of me that no one is ever going to take away from me. My writings are just the honey hidden behind my stinger.

 

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