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Depth Insights » A Spoonful of Depth Brings the Soul to Life: The Psychology of Mary Poppins by Stacey Jill Zackin

Depth Insights » A Spoonful of Depth Brings the Soul to Life: The Psychology of Mary Poppins by Stacey Jill Zackin | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

We cannot have the extraordinary without the ordinary. Just as the supernatural is hidden in the natural. In order to fly, you need something solid to take off from. It’s not the sky that interests me but the ground. . . . When I was in Hollywood the [script] writers said, surely Mary Poppins symbolizes the magic that lies behind everyday life. I said no, of course not, she is everyday life, which is composed of the concrete and the magic.

—P. L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins (in Lawson, 1999, p. 161)

 

Clearly, there is something special about Mary Poppins that captures the collective imagination, yet the goal of this essay is not to apply the analytic lens to better understand the character of Mary Poppins, but to utilize Mary Poppins as an analogical tool to better understand the character of depth psychologists.

 

Depth psychologists believe that within our unconscious lies a wealth of material that expands our capacity to understand, accept, release, and repair aspects of ourselves, that can lead to a more developed sense of wholeness and connection. Such information reveals itself through symbols, metaphors, dreams, imagery, intuition, synchronicity...

 


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Intelligence, Creativity and Mania

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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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Using narcotics to enhance your creativity

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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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» 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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The Dyslexic and Creative Mind

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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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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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