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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.

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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."

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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/

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Actors and Addiction | The Inner Actor

Actors and Addiction | The Inner Actor | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

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.

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Howie Mandel: 'We don't take care of our mental health'

Howie Mandel: 'We don't take care of our mental health' | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Howie Mandel says the embarrassment and stigma surrounding mental health needs to end.

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Also see my publication: Psychology and Mental Health Daily
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and multiple articles on mental health
http://talentdevelop.com/category/mental-health/

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Paige durand's curator insight, March 5, 2014 9:36 PM

I think Howie Mandel is completely right and how mental disorders should not be ashamed of. I for one had the fear of gems and that they would somehow get me greatly ill or would spread all over me. I remember in high school how people would ask me why i constantly washed my hands or used hand sanitize just because i read someone else's paper. then once people began to notice it more, people would call me names or make me feel embarrassed because i felt like i needed to wash my hands. I finally got the help i need but i know how he felt and how horrible it was. He explains his story of his OCD, ADHD, and, depression. He explains how people actually need to get help when it first starts rather than wait since it only gets worse. But unfortunately when he was younger they did not know what his case was.

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» Creative Expression and Sexual Abuse - The Creative Mind

» Creative Expression and Sexual Abuse - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
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."

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Negative emotions - How do we create them? | TalentDevelop

Negative emotions - How do we create them? | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Why do we experience troubling, disrupting, and often self-limiting, emotions, for example anxiety, and what can we do about them?
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This is the answer you've been waiting for folks.  You are NOT your emotions.  Emotions are a combination of insights, chemicals and experience.  AND they are different in all of us depending on that combination.  Emotions link your thoughts to your behaviours.  If it feels lousy, you will avoid it, if it feels good, you will approach whatever it is.  But here's the trick guys, if you are afraid to feel it, you will never know what you are missing.  Yes negative emotional states are not pleasant, but they will pass. Loving yourself enough to give yourself every opportunity to explore how you feel - nice and not so nice, gives your life depth.  So don't be shy!  You'll never ever know if you never have a go!

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Madness - Shots of Awe - YouTube

"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

[books: http://buff.ly/1eGAY0C

 

 

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Related article: “Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?” Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. comments: “I do believe that If the mental processes associated with psychosis were evaporated entirely from this world, art would suck. But so would a lot of other things that require imagination.” http://talentdevelop.com/3423/madness-and-creativity-do-we-need-to-be-crazy/

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Unfreeze Those Feelings!

Unfreeze Those Feelings! | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
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."

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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/

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Pain and suffering and developing creativity | TalentDevelop

Pain and suffering and developing creativity | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

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."

 

 

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Drew Barrymore and Gretchen Rubin on authentic happiness as a choice | TalentDevelop

Drew Barrymore and Gretchen Rubin on authentic happiness as a choice | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Gretchen Rubin describes in her post How To Be Happier – in Four Easy Lessons the series of truths she came up with, based on her study of Buddhism.

 

Her First Splendid Truth: “To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.”

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Emma Thompson on Men, Mary Poppins, and Six Months of Bad Hair Days

Emma Thompson on Men, Mary Poppins, and Six Months of Bad Hair Days | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"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. //

 

My related article: "Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health" http://talentdevelop.com/6550/creative-people-and-trauma/

 

 

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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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Creativity, Madness and Drugs | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Creativity, Madness and Drugs | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
San Diego—Would we have Poe’s Raven today if the tormented author had taken lithium to suppress his bipolar illness? Not likely, considering the high frequency of ...
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You wrote "Cured of their mental illness, such artists and writers would be gutted of their creativity and stripped of the means to realize it." This idea of madness and creativity being intertwined is dangerous mythology. Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman notes some kinds and degrees of pathology may help creative thinking: "Everyone engages in psychosis-related thought any time they use their imagination." But, he adds, "Too much psychosis and one is at high risk of going mad." Creativity researcher Dean Keith Simonton notes, “Few creative individuals can be considered truly mentally ill." And psychologist Judith Schlesinger (author of the book 'The Insanity Hoax: Exposing the Myth of the Mad Genius') says “A careful look at the so-called 'landmark' studies in the field—the work by psychiatrists Nancy Andreasen and Arnold Ludwig, and psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison—reveals gaping holes in their design, methodologies, and conclusions.” Musician Sting comments, “I only know that people who are getting into this archetype of the tortured poet end up really torturing themselves to death.” - From my article "Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?" http://talentdevelop.com/3423/

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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."



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Artists and Addiction | TalentDevelop

Artists and Addiction | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

A number of people, including artists, use and abuse drugs, substances and activities to the point where they risk addiction and limit their creative work.


Actor and recording artist Demi Lovato is “doing well three years after going to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction” she told an entertainment news program.

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Stars young and old reflect on Hoffman's death

Stars young and old reflect on Hoffman's death | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Celebrity colleagues and admirers of Philip Seymour Hoffman shared their reaction Sunday to his death at 46 of an apparent drug overdose:


“Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart.” — Jim Carrey on Twitter.


Philip Seymour Hoffman said he used drugs a lot: "Anything I could get my hands on" - but at 22 "got panicked for my life.”


Like other talented and creative people, many actors use and abuse drugs, often as self-medication. Sometimes they risk addiction. - See more at: http://theinneractor.com/actors-and-addiction/

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Emotional Health Resources - TALENT DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES

Emotional Health Resources - TALENT DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"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.

 

 

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Maya Forbes revisits her childhood in 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

Maya Forbes revisits her childhood in 'Infinitely Polar Bear' | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"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."

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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/

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» How Spirituality Protects the Brain Against Depression - Psych Central News

» How Spirituality Protects the Brain Against Depression - Psych Central News | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Engaging in regular meditation or another spiritual practice is linked to a thickening of the brain cortex, according to new research published in JAMA
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“The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.” Jungian analyst and author Marion Woodman, quoted in my article Spirituality and Creative Expression http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/02/spirituality-and-creative-expression/

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This is great news for people who already have a spiritual life, but what about those that don't I hear you ask.  Well mindful meditation can help here.  Problem is, most people don't make the time to learn this discipline until it's way too late, then when they really need it, the discipline isn't there.  Ask anyone who  hasn't made time for 'time out' in their lives, and they might tell you that it didn't seem necessary.  Well depression in the aged is at an all time high in this modern age.  Perhaps we should consider teaching this stuff in elementary school.  What are your thoughts around depression?  Most people I speak to tell it sucks.  Here is a worthwhile way of avoiding it - take the time to learn about, and be comfortable with your right hemisphere, it's actually a nice place to visit because when you leave it, you feel better all over.

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Creativity to fend off madness | TalentDevelop

Creativity to fend off madness | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
“Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab.

 

Anne Sexton, who was institutionalized for her psychosis, once said: “Poetry led me by the hand out of madness.”

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Living and Creating: Fear Is Not A Disease | TalentDevelop

Living and Creating: Fear Is Not A Disease | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

We may have a wide range of experiences with anxiety and fear, which can impact how we live and express ourselves.

 

“If we are honest with ourselves, most of us will have to admit that we live out our lives in an ocean of fear." Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

"I don’t do anything anymore that feels safe. If it doesn’t scare the crap out of you, then you’re not doing the right thing.” Sandra Bullock

 

 

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Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy? | TalentDevelop

Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy? | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
The mythology of the mad artist continues in various forms, supported to some extent by research. For example, there are studies indicating writers are more susceptible to depression.
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"creativity is the highest pinnacle of self actualization"

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Psychology - Mental Health on Pinterest

Psychology - Mental Health on Pinterest | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Like many talented artists, Charlize Theron has used creative work to deal with trauma and gain emotional health.

 

She said in an interview: “I think acting has healed me."

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Making More Calm and Less Stress for Holidays - and A Better Life

Making More Calm and Less Stress for Holidays - and A Better Life | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

“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.

 

 

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Social Media and the Holiday Blues | TalentDevelop

Social Media and the Holiday Blues | TalentDevelop | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Rose Haywood. "Social media has provided us new ways to come together, but it may also contribute to feelings of isolation and even depression.

 

"According to a recent study from the University of Michigan, frequent use of Facebook in particular was identified as having a negative impact on one’s sense of well-being."

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