Mental Health & C...
Follow
Find
8.9K views | +0 today
 
Scooped by Douglas Eby
onto Mental Health & Creativity
Scoop.it!

» Therapy Helps Access Our Creative Inner Life - The Creative Mind

» Therapy Helps Access Our Creative Inner Life - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Many creative people have talked about how valuable it can be to use therapy or counseling for dealing with challenges, or to enhance self-understanding.

 

Maggie Gyllenhaal says she began therapy without a “specific, clear, rational thing” that made her start, “but as soon as I did, everything in my life changed, almost immediately.” She continued, “There’s another part of me working that isn’t the intellectual side – the unconscious – and that was not awake most of my life. Not actively. There were times when it would push through, but now I feel I’m really honoring it.”

more...
No comment yet.
Mental Health & Creativity
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Alan Turing: Exceptional Intellect and Asperger’s

Alan Turing: Exceptional Intellect and Asperger’s | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing led a group of other brilliant codebreakers, including Joan Clarke, at Bletchley Park outside London during WWII to crack the German’s Enigma code.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Alan Cumming on Dealing With a Traumatic Childhood

Alan Cumming on Dealing With a Traumatic Childhood | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Trauma takes many forms, and has different sources and levels of impact. Alan Cumming details his early life with an abusive father, and its consequences.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Douglas Eby from Personal Growth & Change
Scoop.it!

Nurturing Our Self-Esteem - Part 2

“It turns out most of my problems stem from not liking myself in some way." How can we encourage our healthy self-esteem?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

» 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."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology - The Creative Mind

Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

The tone of many responses to the death of Robin Williams support the insidious "Crazy Artist" mythology: that artistic creativity depends on mental disorder.


But, as psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman commented, his “comedic genius was a result of many factors, including his compassion, playfulness, divergent thinking, imagination, intelligence, affective repertoire, and unique life experiences. In contrast, his suicide was strongly influenced by his mental illness. This romanticism of mental illness needs to stop.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Photography: Art and Healing - The Creative Mind

Photography: Art and Healing - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Photographic images can be a powerful form of expression for creative people, and also a tool for therapists and anyone to help explore our inner selves.


“Art has the ability to transform how we interact with the world and with ourselves." Jennifer Moon

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy? | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
The idea of the mad artist is supported to some extent by research, and experiences of mental illness for many creative people. What do psychologists say?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Writing wherever; Artist myths; Fraud feelings | The Inner Writer

Writing wherever; Artist myths; Fraud feelings | The Inner Writer | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it


Many writers don't have a writing studio, or a schedule always under their control. And writers can be affected by artist myths, and fraud feelings.


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Creativity and madness: The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity | TalentDevelop

Creativity and madness: The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
By Cat Robson. Some experiences of creative people can be labeled as "pathology," which can lead to a skewed sense of self, and of human experience.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Don't Mess With My Brain [Mental Health and Creative People]

Don't Mess With My Brain [Mental Health and Creative People] | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
The movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest had a dramatic group of "crazies" - but what is the reality of mental health, especially for creative people?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Getting beyond impostor feelings | TalentDevelop

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

Many talented and creative people experience impostor or fraud feelings about themselves, despite their accomplishments. But those beliefs can be changed.


Valerie Young, Ed.D. is an expert on impostor syndrome and commented in an Entrepreneur magazine article: “Millions of people, from entrepreneurs to celebrities, have a hard time internalizing their accomplishments.”

Douglas Eby's insight:

Also see Emotional Health Resources: Programs, books, articles and sites to improve your emotional balance and wellbeing for a better creative life.
http://talentdevelop.com/emotional-health-resources/

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Creative People, Trauma, Addiction: Colin Farrell - The Creative Mind

Creative People, Trauma, Addiction: Colin Farrell - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Basically, I'd been fairly drunk or high since I was 14." Colin Farrell

Why do so many creative people use and abuse drugs, often to the point of addiction? There is of course no easy answer, but one of the factors for many people may be childhood trauma.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Lorde admits to crippling stage fright

Lorde admits to crippling stage fright | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Just turned 17, the Kiwi pop sensation reveals that the 30 minutes before each show are "the worst half-hour" of her life."

Douglas Eby's insight:

Many people who present or perform may experience the anxiety of stage fright or public speaking fear. - See my article Dealing With Stage Fright and Public Speaking Fear http://anxietyreliefsolutions.com/dealing-stage-fright-public-speaking-fear/

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Asperger's: Clearly bright and imaginative | HighAbility

Asperger's: Clearly bright and imaginative | HighAbility | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Mental health conditions such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, often considered a mild form of autism, can be challenging for many children and adults, - See more at: http://highability.org/95/clearly-bright-and-imaginative-and-autistic/#sthash.47X4LQFk.dpuf
Mental health conditions such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, often considered a mild form of autism, can be challenging for many children and adults, - See more at: http://highability.org/95/clearly-bright-and-imaginative-and-autistic/#sthash.47X4LQFk.dpuf

Mental health conditions such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, often considered a mild form of autism, can be challenging for many children and adults - such as British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing,


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Emotional Health Resources - Talent Development Resources

Emotional Health Resources - Talent Development Resources | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Highly sensitive individuals make up 20 to 30 percent of the population. They “experience things more intensely, and therefore have had more difficulties learning to manage emotions because they become so overwhelmed by them.”
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

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

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

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.”
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Robin Williams’s Comedic Genius Was Not a Result of Mental Illness, but His Suicide Was

Robin Williams’s Comedic Genius Was Not a Result of Mental Illness, but His Suicide Was | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
This romanticism of mental illness needs to stop.
Douglas Eby's insight:

James Thurman Webb, PhD commented in a Facebook post about Robin Williams: "I have no doubt that he was a highly gifted man who struggled with existential depression. His intensity, sensitivity, and search for life meaning, characteristic of so many gifted people, permeated his life."

Intensity was an almost defining quality of Williams (and many gifted artists and other people). Polish Psychiatrist and Psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski defined this intensity as overexcitability: an abundance of physical, sensual, creative, intellectual and emotional energy. As Dr. Webb and others have pointed out, intensity and other characteristics of giftedness may be misinterpreted as pathology.

One of my articles: What do you do with your intensity? [which links to a number of related articles] http://talentdevelop.com/2475/what-do-you-do-with-your-intensity/

more...
Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 2:30 PM

For those who suffer with mental illness, there is nothing "romantic" about it or how it affects their lives and the lives of those around them. Mental illness is as debilitating and harmful as any other illness, maybe more so because people "appear normal". Yes, Williams was a comedic genius. Tragically, mental illness led to his death. There is nothing romantic about the loss of human life. 

Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Pathologizing and Stigmatizing | High Ability

Pathologizing and Stigmatizing | High Ability | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Many of the brightest, most creative children and adults are wrongly diagnosed as having behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health | TalentDevelop

Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Patrick Stewart is an example of many creative people who have been deeply impacted by trauma in early life.

He notes that when he returned from military service, his father became "a weekend alcoholic who beat up my mother and terrorized the house. For years I thought of him as the enemy.”

Stewart was cast in a school play at age 12, and says he "found the stage a very safe place to be...Because of the chaos in my life, I loved the certainty..."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

emWave Personal Stress Reliever | Anxiety Relief

emWave Personal Stress Reliever | Anxiety Relief | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

HeartMath clinical studies “have dramatically demonstrated the critical link between emotion, heart function and cognitive performance." Their technology "helps you transform feelings of anger, anxiety or frustration into more peace, ease and clarity.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Living More Fully and Creatively Without So Much Inner Static | TalentDevelop

Living More Fully and Creatively Without So Much Inner Static | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Creative people may experience higher intensity emotions, imaginations and thinking, and may need relief at times to reduce stress and be more creative.


Martina McBride: "We're all so busy & distracted...It's nice not to have to think sometimes."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

12 Most Mind-Blowing Mental Delusions and Syndromes — PsyBlog

12 Most Mind-Blowing Mental Delusions and Syndromes — PsyBlog | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Alice-in-Wonderland syndrome, thought insertion, clinical lycanthropy, Paris syndrome and more…
Douglas Eby's insight:

Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy? - The mythology of the mad artist continues in various forms, supported to some extent by research. Video from World Science Festival: ‘Genius’ Dark Cousin’ – “But is there really anything to this idea of the “tortured genius”? Or is it just a romanticized notion exaggerated by film and literature? Philip Glass and Julie Taymor respond to striking data presented by Dean Keith Simonton, a psychologist who has studied the nature of genius for decades.” http://talentdevelop.com/3423/madness-and-creativity-do-we-need-to-be-crazy/

more...
Paige durand's curator insight, March 20, 12:01 PM

this article talks about some of the most outrageous mental disorders that people may have from different experiences or just their mind making them believe they are a certain way. For example their is a Paris syndrome where if they were disappointed by the lights and expectations of Paris they may face delusions and hallucinate.

Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

» Painter Robert Genn on Art and Happiness - The Creative Mind

» Painter Robert Genn on Art and Happiness - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Artist Robert Genn notes that writer Eric Wilson "disparages our current love affair with putting on a happy face" and "Dr. Thomas Svolos of the department of Psychiatry at Creighton University School of Medicine thinks Wilson is right." Genn adds, "A state of thoughtful melancholy and sensitivity breeds an elevated creativity and a more profound happiness."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Douglas Eby
Scoop.it!

Introverted, Shy or Highly Sensitive in the Arts

Introverted, Shy or Highly Sensitive in the Arts | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Like many artists, Lorde experiences stage fright: "Before I go onstage I lock into this period of the most crippling fear."



more...
No comment yet.