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Pain and suffering and developing creativity | Talent Development Resources

Pain and suffering and developing creativity | Talent Development Resources | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?" - Refrigerator magnet

 

Actor Maggie Gyllenhaal said “I’m not someone who believes ‘The more tempestuous the better; if we have a really horrible time, that will somehow lead to great work.’ I don’t think that. I would much rather have a collaborative, trusting, good relationship with the people I’m working with.”  

Musician Sting said, "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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Dealing with depression to access our creativity

Dealing with depression to access our creativity | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
We need to support ourselves to deal with mental health challenges like depression that can impede creative thinking and energy.

 

Musician Shawn Colvin explained on an episode of the Oprah show, “Part of the way I’ve dealt with my depressions in the past is I’ve had the ability, if necessary, to just check out. There have been times when I’ve not shown up at work.”

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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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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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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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Philip Seymour Hoffman Completes Treatment for Heroin, Prescription Pill Abuse

Philip Seymour Hoffman Completes Treatment for Heroin, Prescription Pill Abuse | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Philip Seymour Hoffman entered an East Coast-based detox center earlier this month after he realized he needed to kick abuse of prescription pills and, more recently, heroin, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

 

Hoffman, 45, has had issues with substance abuse in the past but had been sober some two decades until relapsing more than a year ago...

 

 

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Many gifted and creative people self-sabotage with drugs, alcohol or other behavioral addictions. Actor Robert Downey Jr. has reportedly been clean and sober for a long time, but admits about his long history of drug abuse: "For years I took pride in being resilient." - From post: Addiction and Creative People http://developingmultipletalents.com/211/addiction-and-creative-people/

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Creativity, the Arts, and Madness

Creativity, the Arts, and Madness | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Maureen Neihart, Psy.D.

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A brief, historical review of the alleged association between creativity and madness is followed by highlights from recent research in psychiatry and clinical  psychology that address this relationship.

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Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress To Be More Creative - The Creative Mind

Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress To Be More Creative - The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Living the artist’s life can be very stressful, but not if you shift from feeling your work is a demand, to an opportunity that feels enjoyable.
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Turning Adversity into Creative Growth

Turning Adversity into Creative Growth | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
There's little doubt that trauma can be immensely painful, often leaving deep emotional and psychological scars long after the stressful experience has passed. But can there be a silver lining for creativity?
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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 Sarah Polley, Halle Berry, Lady Gaga, will.i.am, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonathan Safran Foer and many others, in my article Creative People and Trauma http://talentdevelop.com/6550/

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The Therapist in My Canvas - Psychology Tomorrow Magazine

The Therapist in My Canvas - Psychology Tomorrow Magazine | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"The intensity of certain emotions, the rawness of certain experiences and the profundity of certain thoughts touch those aspects of our being that lie beyond the realms of expression in words. Certain situations are so intense and deep seated that it becomes difficult to simply explain them. They are to be felt, experienced and acknowledged in their own form.

 

"That is what a blank canvas can help establish and bolster."

 

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Creative expression helps many people heal and many artists make use of traumatic experiences in their creative work. Psychologist Stephen A. Diamond, for example, notes that French sculptor, painter, and film maker Niki de Saint Phalle’s fury — "some of which stemmed from having been sexually abused by her father — fostered a fecund creativity, that served her well throughout her prolific career.” From post: Creative People and Trauma http://talentdevelop.com/6550/creative-people-and-trauma/

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The Critical Inner Voice Explained | Psychalive

The Critical Inner Voice Explained | Psychalive | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
The critical inner voice is a pattern of destructive thoughts toward ourselves and others that is at the root of much of our self-destructive and harmful behavior.
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Related book: Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice: A Revolutionary Program to Counter Negative Thoughts and Live Free from Imagined Limitations
by Robert W. Firestone, PhD, Lisa Firestone, PhD, Joyce Catlett, M.A.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1572242876/talentdevelopmen

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The Link between Unidentified Creative Abilities and Mental Health

The Link between Unidentified Creative Abilities and Mental Health | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

By Mary Taylor, LCSW


Do you feel you are on a different “path” from most people? Do you have a sense of imagination that, it seems, few understand? Have you ever been told you are “too sensitive,” “think too much” or are “too much of a perfectionist”?

 

If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a highly creative person. Many highly creative people remain unaware that they are, in fact, creative.


The inability to identify highly creative individuals in and of itself may place them at risk for serious and longstanding difficulties in many areas of life. Without appropriate education and intervention strategies their problems often continue to escalate over the long term.

 

 

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Mariel Hemingway and Barbara Kopple on their documentary Running From Crazy

Mariel Hemingway and Barbara Kopple on their documentary Running From Crazy | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
The film "Running from Crazy" by Barbara Kopple is about the mental health challenges in the lives of family members of author Ernest Hemingway.

 

“Knowing that there’s so much suicide and so much mental illness in my family, I’ve always kind of been ‘running from crazy,’ worried that one day I’d wake up and be in the same position,” Mariel Hemingway said.

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Talented and insecure | Developing Multiple Talents

Talented and insecure | Developing Multiple Talents | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Her fourth album, Red, had opening sales of 1.21 million – the highest recorded in a decade, and Taylor Swift has had two million-plus opening weeks.

 

In a taping in front of a college audience for the tv show “VH1 Storytellers”, she responded to a question from a college student: “I doubt myself 400,000 times per 10-minute interval. I have a terrifying long list of fears."

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People with depression tend to pursue generalised goals - Medical Xpress

People with depression tend to pursue generalised goals - Medical Xpress | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Medical Xpress
"Researchers found that whilst both groups generated the same number of goals, people with depression listed goals which were more general and more abstract.

"We found that the goals that people with clinical depression listed lacked a specific focus, making it more difficult to achieve them and therefore creating a downward cycle of negative thoughts"

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The Dyslexic and Creative Mind – Part 3 - The Creative Mind

The Dyslexic and Creative Mind – Part 3 - The 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.

 

The researchers “found that dyslexic individuals were significantly faster at recognizing impossible figures as impossible, and their faster speed didn’t sacrifice accuracy. This suggests one upside of poor reading skills: rapid and accurate ‘holistic inspection.’”

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Marilyn Monroe: Her complex Inner Life

Marilyn Monroe: Her complex Inner Life | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

“I never wanted to be Marilyn – it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.”

“I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.”

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“I never wanted to be Marilyn – it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.”

“I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.”

 

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Princess Joy Villa's curator insight, June 17, 2013 5:10 PM

Always remeber to dream.

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Negative Emotions Are Key to Well-Being: Scientific American

Negative Emotions Are Key to Well-Being: Scientific American | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Feeling sad, mad, critical or otherwise awful? Surprise: negative emotions are essential for mental health

 

"Although positive emotions are worth cultivating, problems arise when people start believing they must be upbeat all the time."

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One of my related posts: Being Happy, Being More Creative? http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2013/02/being-happy-being-more-creative/

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Carrie Underwood: “I used to have panic attacks."

Carrie Underwood: “I used to have panic attacks." | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Carrie Underwood: “At the beginning of my career, I used to have panic attacks. People were touching me, screaming—it made me really nervous. In public, I just get nervous. It’s a physical reaction, feeling like the walls are closing in.” [The Week magazine May 22, 2013, about Marie Claire cover article] //

 

Read more quotes about and by well-known creative people in article: Celebrities with anxiety and panic attacks (including Helena Bonham Carter; Colin Firth; Edie Falco, and others): http://anxietyreliefsolutions.com/celebrities-with-anxiety-and-panic-attacks/

 

 

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To suppress or to explore? Emotional strategy may influence anxiety

To suppress or to explore? Emotional strategy may influence anxiety | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
When trouble approaches, what do you do? Run for the hills? Pretend it isn't there? Hide? Or do you focus on the promise of rain in those looming dark clouds?

 

"The study revealed that those who engage in an emotional regulation strategy called reappraisal tended to also have less social anxiety and less anxiety in general than those who avoid expressing their feelings."

Douglas Eby's insight:

Dr. Cheryl Arutt refers to her TEDx video – “That Good Feeling of Control” and notes the title comes from TV host Fred Rogers who wanted to teach kids how to deal with the “mad” they felt inside, and be able to decide what to do with these kinds of strong feelings, and that what he was talking about was self-regulation and affect regulation that can help us as adults, too. -- From post: Cheryl Arutt on Mental Health and Creative People

http://talentdevelop.com/6369/cheryl-arutt-on-mental-health-and-creative-people/

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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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Channeling Depression Into a Powerful Tool for Creativity

Channeling Depression Into a Powerful Tool for Creativity | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
By: Jennifer Haupt - "I wouldn't exactly call depression a gift, but I’ve come to accept the restless emptiness and nagging sadness as signals from my soul instead of merely the symptoms of an illness to be excised."
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In his article [on my Depression and Creativity site] "The Art of Seeing Depression" author Tom Wootton of Bipolar Advantage writes, "I began to redefine what depression is and better recognize the features that I could now ‘see’ more clearly. My scale began to change from one based on pain to one based on a much richer perception of what was going on." http://depressionandcreativity.org/the-art-of-seeing-depression/

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Talk Details

Talk Details | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
How does an illness become an identity? 2013 Andrew Solomon

 

 

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Dealing with fame - or not

Dealing with fame - or not | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Many talented actors have an ambivalent attitude about gaining or pursuing celebrity status, or even just high visibility.

 

Gwyneth Paltrow said about being named the “World’s Most Beautiful Women in the World”: "I was beyond surprised, flattered, and I still kinda can’t believe it. It’s, it’s really cool.”

 

“I think you have to keep your distance from mainstream Hollywood in order to be a normal human being,” Sarah Polley once commented.

 

Lynda Carter was also once voted “The Most Beautiful Woman In The World” and admits “there was a short time where I believed the hype. Not the “beautiful” things but that I believed I was really important, and that didn’t last very long because it didn’t feel good.”

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Catherine Zeta Jones: What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder

Catherine Zeta Jones: What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones checked into a treatment center on Monday to treat her bipolar II disorder in a 30-day program. The actress went public with her illness in April 2011 after her husband, Michael Douglas, spilled the beans to Oprah Winfrey. Oh, thank God my husband isn’t a regular guest on that show.

She said in her appearance on “Good Morning America” two years ago that she didn’t want to become the poster child for bipolar disorder–that she, in fact, never wanted to go public with it. However, she has become just that: the beautiful, public face behind the disorder. And I, for one, am relieved that world can make a connection between one of the most talented and glamorous movie stars to a misunderstood illness.

 

 

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