Creativity and Mental Illness: The Mad Genius in Question by S. Kyaga

By S. Kyaga

Is there relatively a skinny line among insanity and genius? This ebook presents an intensive evaluate of the present country of data in this age previous thought, and provides new empirical examine to place an finish to this debate, but additionally to open up dialogue in regards to the implications of its findings.

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Similarly, originality and eccentricity may fall into this tendency. Gamman and Raein have recently also suggested some shared traits in creative individuals 30 Creativity and Mental Illness and criminals, such as in the identification of being an ‘outsider’ facilitating the opportunity of ‘breaking the paradigm’ (2010). Lombroso stresses this character of the man of genius ‘being essentially original and a lover of originality, is a natural enemy of traditions and conservatism: he is the born revolutionary, the precursor and the most active pioneer of revolutions’ (p.

Though it be unconsciously, we love most of all to see a genius wearing the martyr’s crown’, providing a clue to the historical notion of genius and madness. While Lange-Eichbaum suggests that hereditary endowment may be an important factor in propelling an individual into fame, and finally general acclaim of being a genius, he also clearly states that talent is not a necessary prerequisite: ‘we shall find that all possible human types can be raised to the rank of genius, all conceivable varieties and grades of talent, of half-talent, or of no talent at all.

The aim was among others to perform ‘a comparison between the mental health of artists and scientists and an average population of similar professional, educational, and social make-up’. Artists consisted of architects, sculptors, poets, painters and musicians, while that scientific group included those active within theoretical science, natural science, technical applied science, and nine statesmen. 85 per cent in the general population. There was a total absence of ‘manic-depressive psychosis’ in the artistic group.

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