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.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman admitted he used drugs and alcohol earlier in his life. A lot. “It was all that stuff. It was anything I could get my hands on. I liked it all.” He has also commented that “Film is a very uncomfortable medium for an actor. It’s just not conducive to doing what actors do." - Other actors in this article: Edie Falco, Russell Brand, Tatum O’Neal, Johnny Depp, Ed Harris, Michael J. Fox, Robert Downey Jr., Faye Dunaway, Carrie Fisher, Colin Farrell, Lynda Carter and others.
Many people experience unwanted sexual contact, rape and other forms of sexual abuse and help deal with the aftermath through creative expression.
The painting is a self portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653). An article notes she was raped by an art tutor of hers...“The trauma of the rape and trial impacted on Artemisia’s painting. Her graphic depictions were cathartic and symbolic attempts to deal with the physical and psychic pain."
"We might say that both the artist and the neurotic bite off more than they can chew, but the artist spews it back out again and chews it over in an objectified way, as an external, active, work project..." - Ernest Becker
Feelings that are frozen can create many different problems: emotional and physical. Learn to unfreeze, process and integrate the message of your feelings.
"Highly sensitive people and severely abused people need to be aware that they can accept and take charge of their healing process by finding therapeutic practices and groups that will let them forgive and let go of the past. Engaging in such practices helps minimize the potential for long term destructive addiction and therefore is valuable for all people."
Douglas Eby's insight:
Trauma takes many forms, and has different sources and levels of impact for each of us. See quotes by and about many well-known artists such as Sarah Polley, Halle Berry, Lady Gaga, will.i.am, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonathan Safran Foer and many others, in my article "Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health" - which includes a number of videos, book quotes, programs and other resources: http://talentdevelop.com/6550/creative-people-and-trauma/
Jean-Paul Sartre is one of many artists who apparently believed in the "tortured artist" mythology, and said: “Suffering is justified as soon as it becomes the raw material of beauty.”
Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D., a psychologist specializing in creative artist issues, says “Many creative people carry the belief that their pain is the locus of their creativity, and worry that they will lose their creativity if they work through their inner conflicts or let go of suffering.”
Musician Sting says, "I only know that people who are getting into this archetype of the tortured poet end up really torturing themselves to death."
"She was in pain all her life. It often happens, of course, that people who had traumatized childhoods turn into very good children’s authors." Emma Thompson, about portraying P. L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books. //
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...
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."
"Finding ways to maintain that optimal zone where we are neither under- or over-stimulated allows us to use our minds to respond rather than to react. The greater access you maintain to yourself, the richer and broader your array of creative tools.” Psychologist Cheryl Arutt
- See more quotes, books, articles and sites to improve your emotional balance and enhance your creative life.
"Sundance 2014: Writer Maya Forbes set aside her fears to turn her '70s childhood with a bipolar father into 'Infinitely Polar Bear.' She directed it too." "Forbes said as a parent she has encouraged her children not to be timid. "I was always telling them, 'You have to be bold. You have to take risks. You have to put yourself out there.' But she realized that, because she couldn't commit to turning her childhood into a movie, as she had promised herself, she was failing to lead by example. So Forbes set aside her fears and started writing, and the terrors and joys of her upbringing spilled out."
Douglas Eby's insight:
One of many of my related posts: "Living With Extreme Mental States" - As she noted at the start of her blog (in 2005), writer Liz Spikol “struggles with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder and OCD." http://talentdevelop.com/361/
“Being more intentional, grounded and grateful is not just a good thing to do for the holiday season. It’s a way to live all year long. And not only that, it’s the quickest way to transform your life from ordinary to extraordinary.” Carrie Contey, Ph.D.
"If you aren’t intentional about how you want the holidays to go, you’ll be swept up in the rapids this time of the year." Lisa Byrne.
“Here come the holidays and the New Year. Give yourself a gift by remembering to do this time of year your way." Elaine Aron, PhD.