Creativity and Mental Illness: The Mad Genius in Question by S. Kyaga

By S. Kyaga

Is there particularly a skinny line among insanity and genius? whereas many people are likely to think so, background is filled with principles that technology has disproved. there was a up to date surge in reviews either investigating creativity in addition to the traditional inspiration of a hyperlink among creativity and psychological disorder. This e-book presents an intensive assessment of the present country of data in this age previous proposal, and offers new empirical findings. will we now as soon as and for all finish that Aristotle's statement of the correlation among melancholia and nice achievements was once actual? the hot learn offered right here regarding multiple million humans hopes to place an finish to this debate, but additionally to open up dialogue concerning the implications of its findings.

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Soon a large number of psychiatrists and other scholars committed to their own studies of geniuses (Galton, 1869; Lange-Eichbaum and Paul, 1931; Lombroso, 1891; Maudsley, 1908), and within a century there was a large literature on genius and in particular genius and madness. Most of the authors of this literature argued for the genius as pathological, a view especially held by the burgeoning psychiatric field, while those challenging the mad genius stand were more often psychologists stressing that physical and emotional stability rather than illness was associated with genius (Becker, 1978).

Claiming that, ‘I feel convinced that no man can achieve a very high reputation without being gifted with very high abilities’ (p. 49). He then argued that the distribution of mental ability is similarly distributed as physical traits are, such as height and weight. 1), ‘the range of mental power between … the greatest and least of English intellects is enormous. There is a continuity of natural ability reaching from one knows not what height, and descending to one can hardly say what depth’ (p.

However, it does not seem that creative individuals are characterized by a rigid focus on a single problem, rather they demonstrate endurance over a long period of time, even a lifetime, with considerable more flexibility and variation in behaviour for specific means and goals (Runco, 2007a). In a study on creative architects compared to less creative colleagues, MacKinnon suggests that, ‘the more creative architects, more often than the less creative, point turning to another activity when seriously blocked at a task and returning later to it when refreshed, whereas less creative architects more often report working stubbornly at a problem when blocked in their attempts at solutions’ (MacKinnon, 1965 quoted in Runco, 2007a).

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