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Creativity and mental health | OUPblog

Creativity and mental health | OUPblog | Genius | Scoop.it
I am constantly perplexed by the recurring tendency in western history to connect creativity with mental disability and illness. It cannot be denied that a number of well-known creative people, primarily in the arts, have been mentally ill—for example, Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, Robert Schumann, Robert Lowell, and Sylvia Plath.
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a view different from my own; I believe in a strong underlying process similarity in creativity and mental illness.

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Do these eight things and you will be more creative and insightful, neuroscientists say

Do these eight things and you will be more creative and insightful, neuroscientists say | Genius | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist John Kounios and his colleague Mark Beeman explain where insights arise in the brain, and how to prompt more of them.
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good summery of research on insight and creativity and what factors affect them.

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Creativity and Intelligence Leading to Psychosis and Autism

Creativity and Intelligence Leading to Psychosis and Autism | Genius | Scoop.it
Just like psychosis and autism, creativity and intelligence lie on a spectrum
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Do Creativity And Schizophrenia Share A Small Genetic Link? Maybe

Do Creativity And Schizophrenia Share A Small Genetic Link? Maybe | Genius | Scoop.it
The notion goes back to the ancients — that minds given to flights of fancy are on the healthy side of a spectrum that includes what we today call psychosis. An Icelandic gene study offers new clues.
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a genetic commonality for both psychosis and creativity.

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Can Creativity Be Learned?

Can Creativity Be Learned? | Genius | Scoop.it
Prevailing theories on creativity focus on methodology, or amount of practice. But new studies suggest artistic talent may be more hard-wired than we thought.

Via Creativity For Life
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yes, it can be, though the article makes a a more nuanced  argument.

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Yes, Science Shows Creative People Are More Likely to Be Crazy

Yes, Science Shows Creative People Are More Likely to Be Crazy | Genius | Scoop.it
But they are not psychopaths
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the correlation is there; direction of causation unknown!!

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Brain Stimulation Makes the 'Impossible Problem' Solvable

Brain Stimulation Makes the 'Impossible Problem' Solvable | Genius | Scoop.it
'Thinking cap' makes a virtually impossible problem — possible.
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Brain stimulation and c

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Investigating psychotic traits in poets | Scott Barry Kaufman

Pothttp://scottbarrykaufman.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Psychotic-traits-in-poets.pdf

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Poetical imagination, it seems , predisposes one towards bipolar/ schizophrenia......important to be aware if you have poetical inclinations (like me:-))

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How To Increase IQ by 10% Using The Weirdest Method Ever — PsyBlog

How To Increase IQ by 10% Using The Weirdest Method Ever — PsyBlog | Genius | Scoop.it
IQ was unexpectedly boosted by a training programme designed for a different purpose.

A new study which trained people to associate colours with letters has also found that their IQ was boosted by an average of 12 points.

Via David Hain
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Interesting to speculate what might be going here; given the greater plastic connectivity amongst synesthetes, I wouldn't have been surprised if this had led to increased creativity; but IQ gains seem, indeed, surprising. 

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Learn about synesthesia and how it could impact cognition.

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Frontiers | Creativity and schizophrenia spectrum disorders across the arts and sciences | Psychopathology

Creativity and schizophrenia spectrum disorders across the arts and sciences
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Scott Barry Kaufman at his best:-)

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How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age (And How To Prevent It)

How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age (And How To Prevent It) | Genius | Scoop.it

ow to nurture creativityEver since the 1950s, children have undergone a test for tracking their creativity, in similar fashion to the IQ test. Professor E. Paul Torrance developed the series of tasks, which are administered by a psychologist, to a subject to measure the person’s ability to produce something original and useful. No [...]

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good points on how to nurture creativity.

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What Makes a Family of Artists - The New Yorker

What Makes a Family of Artists - The New Yorker | Genius | Scoop.it
Scholars noticed long ago that creativity runs in families. The question is whether it’s passed on genetically.
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The hereditary nature of creativity components, including those predisposing to mental illness.

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Pathologizing and Stigmatizing | High Ability

Pathologizing and Stigmatizing | High Ability | Genius | Scoop.it

PatMany of the brightest, most creative children and adults are wrongly diagnosed as having behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders.

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The fine tight rope walk that many do -  balancing creativity and mental health!

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The Creativity Crisis

The Creativity Crisis | Genius | Scoop.it
Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the “Torrance kids,” a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly designed by professor E. Paul Torrance. Schwarzrock still vividly remembers the moment when a psychologist handed him a fire truck and asked, “How could you improve this toy to make it better and more fun to play with?”
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on the creative mind.

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The Emotions That Make Us More Creative

The Emotions That Make Us More Creative | Genius | Scoop.it
It’s the intensity of the emotion that matters.
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great article by Scott highlighting the nuanced relationship between emotional states and creativity.

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Frontiers | Editorial: Madness and Creativity – Yes, No or Maybe? | Psychopathology

Editorial: Madness and Creativity – Yes, No or Maybe?
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on the perennial question of relationship between genius and insanity!

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What Picasso, King and Einstein have to teach entrepreneurs - Fortune

What Picasso, King and Einstein have to teach entrepreneurs - Fortune | Genius | Scoop.it
Creativity is your power tool regardless of your industry.

Via Creativity For Life
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Creativity lessons from three geniuses!

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3 Ways To Train Yourself To Be More Creative

3 Ways To Train Yourself To Be More Creative | Genius | Scoop.it
Creativity isn't a talent you either have or you don't, it's a skill that you can build with these practices.
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tips for more creativity in daily life!

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5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe

5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe | Genius | Scoop.it
Creativity isn't the result of a high IQ or being right-brained. Before you get set to work on your next project, know what's actually holding you back and what's all in your head.
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some of these myths are really harmful!!

 

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If You Think You’re a Genius, You’re Crazy - Issue 18: Genius - Nautilus

If You Think You’re a Genius, You’re Crazy - Issue 18: Genius - Nautilus | Genius | Scoop.it

the relationship b/w genius and When John Forbes Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, schizophrenic, and paranoid delusional, was asked how he could believe…

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the relationship b/w genius and psychopathology!

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The Innovative and Creative Power of ADHD

The Innovative and Creative Power of ADHD | Genius | Scoop.it
A University of Pennsylvania psychologist argues that we should consider people with ADHD to be highly imaginative people rather than people with a learning disability.
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ADHD and creativity!!

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The Real Link Between the Psychopathology Spectrum and the Creativity Spectrum

The Real Link Between the Psychopathology Spectrum and the Creativity Spectrum | Genius | Scoop.it
Romantic notions of the link between mental illness and creativity still appear prominently in popular culture. But ever since scientists started formally investigating the link, there has been intense debate.
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Hypomania and psychoticism as related to and contributing to creative achievement!

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The Psychopathology of Genius

The Psychopathology of Genius | Genius | Scoop.it
Under close investigation, it does not seem too baffling that creative people would score higher on the psychosis continuum.
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The association of creativity with mania/psychosis!

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