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The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness

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The science behind the “tortured genius” myth and what it reveals about how the creative mind actually works.

“I think I’ve only spent about ten percent of my energies on writing,” Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Katherine Anne Porter confessed in a1963 interview. “The other ninety percent went to keeping my head above water.” While art maybe a form of therapy for the rest of us, Porter’s is a sentiment far from uncommon among the creatively gifted who make that art. Why?

When Nancy Andreasen took a standard IQ test in kindergarten, she was declared a “genius.” But she was born in the late 1930s, an era when her own mother admonished that no one would marry a woman with a Ph.D. Still, became a psychiatrist and a neuroscientist, and made understanding the brain’s creative capacity her life’s work. Having grown up seeped in ambivalence about her “diagnosis” of extraordinary intellectual and creative ability, Andreasen wondered about the social forces at work in the nature-nurture osmosis of genius, about how many people of natural genius were born throughout history whose genius was never manifested, suppressed by lack of nurture. “Half of the human beings in history are women,” she noted, “but we have had so few women recognized for their genius. How many were held back by societal influences, similar to the ones I encountered and dared to ignore?” (One need only look at the case of Benjamin Franklin and his sister to see Andreasen’s point.)


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Extremely good article based on definitive work on creativity by one of the world's most eminent psychiatrists. 

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How Your iPod Can Act As Your Therapist

How Your iPod Can Act As Your Therapist | Creativity | Scoop.it
Music therapy is a popular and growing field for good reason: music can reduce stress, aid health, and carry many health benefits, and those who practice music therapy can harness the power of music to help their clients relieve pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and see many other benefits. Learn about the effects of music on the body.
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Music as a Health and Relaxation Aid

Music as a Health and Relaxation Aid | Creativity | Scoop.it
Learn about music relaxation: how and why music affects the body and can be used as an effective stress reliever and stress management tool, and find resources on using music for relaxation and stress management for increased health.
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5 Timeless Books of Insight on Fear and the Creative Process

5 Timeless Books of Insight on Fear and the Creative Process | Creativity | Scoop.it
From Monet to Tiger Woods, or why creating rituals and breaking routines don't have to be conflicting notions.

 

“Creativity is like chasing chickens,” Christoph Niemann once said. But sometimes it can feel like being chased by chickens — giant, angry, menacing chickens. Whether you’re a writer, designer, artist or maker of anything in any medium, you know the creative process can be plagued by fear, often so paralyzing it makes it hard to actually create. Today, we turn to insights on fear and creativity from five favorite books on the creative process and the artist’s way.


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Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Kids | Creativity | Scoop.it
Scholastic's Story Starters kids' writing activity generates creative writing prompts, from general fiction to adventure, fantasy, and science fiction.

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Scholastic Story Starters é uma ferramenta de ensino flexível, que pode ser usada em vários contextos (na biblioteca escolar, em sala de aula, nos laboratórios de informática uma vez que também está disponível para iPad …) e se adapta ao estilo de ensino de cada um.
É uma atividade ideal para trabalhar com os alunos dado que desenvolve competências associadas à escrita.

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Not just for kids, stretch your writing and storytelling muscles

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Nanoogo - A Fun Creative Writing Platform for Kids

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Nanoogo is a newer site designed to get kids interested in creative writing projects. At first glance Nanoogo reminded me a bit of Glogster without video and audio elements.

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The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity - Kindle edition by Julia Cameron. Arts & Photography Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity - Kindle edition by Julia Cameron. Arts & Photography Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. | Creativity | Scoop.it
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity - Kindle edition by Julia Cameron. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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Hugely successful classic on how to develop creativity. More than a book it's a paradigm for thinking about the a creative life and a self-help journey. The book evolved from a series of workshops and works best if you form a small group and meet together weekly to go through the exercises. The cornerstone of this process is "morning pages" - free writing done first thing on waking. If you do this regularly, surprising things will happen! 

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The Importance Of Cultivating Creativity

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CONCLUSION
INTRODUCTION: The Decline of Creativity
In the middle of grocery shopping with his five-year-old son last November, Alec Couros made a startling discovery about creativity.
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How I Live The Artist's Way

In response to the wetcanvas.com forum question, "Have you done The Artist's Way and did you find it creepy?" I share how I have customized Julia Cameron's 1...
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Music therapy may help depression

Music therapy may help depression | Creativity | Scoop.it
Music therapy can be used to treat people with depression, alongside other methods, according to researchers in Finland.

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An icon: Julia Cameron shares her tools to develop Spirituality & Creativity

Julia Cameron has had a remarkable career, which in turn has given remarkable help to others. Julia Cameron is an award-winning poet, playwright, and filmmak...
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From the horse's mouth - interesting section at the end about "dark nights of the soul"

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Art "Therapy": A Documentary

Young students discuss how mental disorders play a vital role in their artistic development. EDIT: I realized I accidentally uploaded the second to last vers...
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Art therapy a morale booster for many - CT Post

Art therapy a morale booster for many - CT Post | Creativity | Scoop.it
Art therapy a morale booster for many
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If You Go: Housatonic Museum of Art's Community Gallery is on the third floor in Beacon Hall at Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Boulevard. It's Art Therapy Exhibition runs through Aug.
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How Music Therapy Relieves Depression - PSYweb

How Music Therapy Relieves Depression - PSYweb | Creativity | Scoop.it
Music therapy involves a trained music therapist engaging in improvisational music-making with a client. It seems that the “active doing” of playing musical instruments is healing for aesthetic, physical, and relational reasons.
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