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The Future of Mental Health with Dr. Eric Maisel - en*theos Symposiums

The Future of Mental Health with Dr. Eric Maisel - en*theos Symposiums | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

There isn’t just one way to think about mental health. Today adults and children in distress are presented with a single picture: that they have some “mental disorder” requiring “medical treatment.” In this groundbreaking symposium, top experts from around the world challenge this paradigm, present alternatives, and provide you with the tools you need to live a healthier life. Learn about this mental health revolution from its front-line leaders!"

[Live conference is over - recordings available.]

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» Being Happy As An Artist - The Creative Mind

» Being Happy As An Artist - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Two new studies provide evidence that artists are more happy, and more psychologically stable, than most people.


Formerly "The King of Pain," Sting says "I’d like to do my work, and be a happy man." / One study said, "On average artists enjoy higher job satisfaction than other employees, mainly due to more autonomy."

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The 29 Senses of Normal

The 29 Senses of Normal | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Eric Maisel, Ph.D. - 'The mental disorder business, where folks sit around a table and turn “symptom pictures” into “mental disorders,” rests on the Orwellian conceit that the average person is gullible enough to believe that there is a clear meaning to the word “normal” and a clear meaning to the word “abnormal.” Anyone willing to give the matter a second’s thought would see that these words have so many usages as to empty them of meaning.'

 

Related:  “I hope I’m becoming more eccentric. More room in the brain.” Musician Tom Waits - From post: Being eccentric and creative http://developingmultipletalents.com/101/

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Eric Maisel on Rethinking Depression

Introduced by Neseret Bemient, host of The Mental Health Telesummit, creativity coach and therapist Eric Maisel, PhD talks about "official" attitudes of many health professionals about some forms of human experience, such as depression, that get labeled as mental illness.

He thinks “There is something profoundly wrong with the way that we currently name and treat certain human phenomena." [From article "Rethinking Creativity and Depression" http://depressionandcreativity.org/139/ ]

In this brief audio clip he talks about ideas he also presents in his book "Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning". http://goo.gl/J77pc

Get his full-length [almost an hour] interview as part of the Mental Health Telesummit package of recordings by 12 presenters. More information at http://talentdevelop.com/MHT

 

 

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Mental health court helps save a troubled talent from the street

Mental health court helps save a troubled talent from the street | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — Kim Knoble's past tracks an arc of promise, mental illness and descent into what her parents call "living hell." But Knoble is not homeless, in prison or dead — outcomes common with stories like hers.
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Intelligence, Creativity and Mania

Intelligence, Creativity and Mania | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

by Eric Maisel, PhD. - 'The current naming system used to describe “mental disorders” is weak and suspect and perhaps so flawed as to be both useless and dangerous… and also leads to odd and wrong-headed hypotheses, for example “because you are bipolar you are creative” or “perhaps mania accounts for the higher test scores.”

One of his books: 'Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning'  http://goo.gl/J77pc

Photo: Stephen King has said: “I’ve taken off two months, three months at a time, and, by the end, I get really squirrelly. My night life, my dream life, gets extremely populated and crazed. It’s as though something in there is running all the time.” - From article: "Developing Creativity: Excitabilities – Our Teeming Brains" http://talentdevelop.com/1906/

 

 

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Powerful passage from text: "One study involving 700,000 adults and reported in the British Journal ofPsychiatry indicated that former straight-A students were four times more likely to be “bipolar” (or “manic-depressive”) than their peers. In another study individuals who scored the highest on tests for “mathematical reasoning” were at a 12-times greater risk for “contracting bipolar disorder.”"

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The Dyslexic and Creative Mind

The Dyslexic and Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Although traditionally classified as a learning disability, dyslexia can also lead to advantages in thinking and behaving that enhance creativity.

 

“There were a lot of benefits to being dyslexic for me…I think I came into an appreciation of all those qualities of language…” Novelist Richard Ford

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Will Gourley's curator insight, June 22, 2013 10:54 PM

Great frame of understanding our learners with dyslexia.

Recommend reading Wolfe's Proust and the Squid for it's consideration of this subject too.

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Gifted and Stressed

Gifted and Stressed | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” - Martha Graham

 

For many gifted and creative people, this “blessed unrest” may also help maintain the kind of chronic arousal that leads to harmful stress reactions.

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Conversations with Hattie

Conversations with Hattie | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Hattie x. "Being diagnosed with Manic Depression felt like being given a death sentence at the time (though it wasn't I would duly discover), whilst realizing I was highly sensitive was like coming home, finally discovering who I was and having answers to many many questions as to how I was in the world and who I fundamentally was as a person."

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Related post: Giftedness, sensitivity and psychiatric drugs: why do we take them and why do we quit? By Cat Robson.

 

"The mental suffering of sensitive, creative and divergent children and adults is real. Existential depression, loneliness, and emotional overwhelm are very real, as are the complications arising from our use of behaviors and substances to alleviate our suffering. These experiences don’t require a diagnosis of mental illness in order to be taken seriously. And treating our suffering doesn’t need to include tampering with our highly sensitive brains."

http://talentdevelop.com/3898/

 

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Creativity and Trauma radio show excerpt

Excerpt from radio program hosted by Michele Rosenthal. "Is there a correlation between trauma and creativity? Can creativity actually help you overcome trauma? If you’re not a ‘creative person’, can you utilize elements of creativity in recovery?"

 

 

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See related article for link to full length program, plus multiple quotes by Halle Berry, Marlene Azoulai, Charlize Theron, SARK, Charles Durning and others: Creative People and Trauma http://talentdevelop.com/6550/creative-people-and-trauma/

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Getting beyond impostor feelings

Getting beyond impostor feelings | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

“I don’t know whether every author feels it, but I think quite a lot do — that I am pretending to be something I am not, because, even nowadays, I do not quite feel as though I am an author.” Agatha Christie

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Nurturing Our Self-Esteem Part 1 | TalentDevelop

Nurturing Our Self-Esteem Part 1 | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Healthy self-esteem may be a challenge for many creative people. “Millions of people have a hard time internalizing their accomplishments.”
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» Do We Need to be Crazy to be Creative? - The Creative Mind

» Do We Need to be Crazy to be Creative? - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
The mythology of madness as a fuel for creativity continues to affect how we think of artists - and ourselves as creative people. How true is it?

 

“People who are getting into this archetype of the tortured poet end up really torturing themselves to death.” Sting

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Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime: Scientific American

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime: Scientific American | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity...
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Related articles:

Multiple Talents, Multiple Passions, Burnout http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2012/03/multiple-talents-multiple-passions-burnout/

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Living more fully without so much inner static http://talentdevelop.com/199/

Author and intuition consultant Nancy Rosanoff suggests encouraging the incubation period of the creative process by finding activities that will “take your mind off the problem…"

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The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Scott Barry Kaufman |  “There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.” —Salvador Dali / "The romantic notion that mental illness and creativity are linked is so prominent in the public consciousness that it is rarely challenged. So before I continue, let me nip this in the bud: Mental illness is neither necessary nor sufficient for creativity."

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“So many good things have happened to me because of how unhealthy I’ve been mentally.” Producer, director Judd Apatow - in my article The upside of our dysfunctions http://talentdevelop.com/197/the-upside-of-our-dysfunctions/

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Paul Grout's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:30 AM
Madness and creativity: Do we need to be crazy? I believe that we do not need to be crazy to be creative, just open to new possibilities which may step out of the normal way of thinking. Thats what creativity is all about. Being flexible and allowing puzzles to be fixed together to form a representation of one's inner values and insights. Creative people are often dreamers and sometimes may appear to have lost touch of reality, which in turn may contribute towards a crazy appearance :) http://creativeflowevolution.com/ ;
Bernard Ryefield's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:39 PM

"...creative people include more events/stimuli in their mental processes than less creative people." "Because you never know: sometimes the most bizarre associations can turn into the most productively creative ideas."

"The latest research suggests that mental illness may be most conductive to creativity indirectly, by enabling the relatives of those inflicted to open their mental flood gates but maintain the protective factors necessary to steer the chaotic, potentially creative storm."

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Eric Maisel on meaning in art to manage depression | TalentDevelop

Eric Maisel on meaning in art to manage depression | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Eric Maisel: “When we fear that we do not matter or that our efforts do not matter, we get depressed.

“Similarly, the places where we make large investments of meaning, for instance in our performances, paintings, or books, are places of great anxiety, because there is more than our ego on the line, there is our very sense of the meaningfulness of our life.

“If the world is not interested in our paintings, for instance, we will be hard-pressed to maintain meaning there; so, when we come to the blank canvas, we can already be a little (or a lot) frightened that a negative reaction to this as-yet-unborn painting will precipitate a meaning crisis.”

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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, July 3, 2013 2:59 AM

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Using narcotics to enhance your creativity

Using narcotics to enhance your creativity | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Many people have suggested that their creativity has been enhanced by ingesting mind and body altering chemicals. Let’s have a brief look at some of the most common. The most popular drug in use to...
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Related post: Addiction and Creative People http://developingmultipletalents.com/211/addiction-and-creative-people/

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7 Myths Of Meditation, BUSTED

7 Myths Of Meditation, BUSTED | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Despite the growing popularity of meditation, prevailing misconceptions about the practice are a barrier that prevents many people from trying meditation and receiving its profound benefits for the body, mind, and spirit.
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List of Meditation and mindfulness articles:
http://www.talentdevelop.com/articlelive/categories/Meditation-and-mindfulness/
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Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression – CD program
http://anxietyreliefsolutions.com/31/mindful-solutions-cd-for-stress-anxiety-and-depression/

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The Emotional Wellness Habit

The Emotional Wellness Habit | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Eric Maisel. "Although we’ve lost this way of looking at personality, at one time it was assumed that a full quarter of human beings were born “melancholic.” Whether that view is accurate or not there’s no reason to assume that we don’t come into the world with some hard-wired proclivities, including for some of us a vulnerability to sadness."

 

 

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http://talentdevelop.com/articlelive/authors/45/Eric-Maisel

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Depression and Creativity

Depression and Creativity | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
"I have thought Too long and darkly, till my brain became, In its own eddy boiling and o'erwrought, A whirling gulf of phantasy and flame..." -- Lord Byron

 

Depression usually yields nothing but suffering. The same is true of mania. However, often depression, especially in its phases of resolution, does contribute to a creative spurt, as the individual resolves, at least for the time being, the underlying emotional conflicts. //

 

Related page of mine: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Depression-and-Creativity/399254776768105

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Byron gives a vivid description of intellectual, imaginational, emotional overexcitabilites, or just excitabilites. One post on the topic: Excitabilities and Gifted People – an intro by Susan Daniels. http://highability.org/537/

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