The Link between Creativity and Mental Disorder Essay

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Creativity is the sole heart of modernization, technology and the arts.
Without creativity, humanity would still thrive in caves. There is no argument against creativity being an important aspect of our society, there is, however, a question whether creativity is spawned by mental disorder. Albert Einstein came up with ideas that seemed impossible or eccentric. Froyd's psychology theorems were laughed at, but now widely used and accepted. Both men were highly successful with their work. Einstein was considered a slow person and mentally incapable by his teachers. Froyd was an excellent student and was considered above average in all his school work. Both men were labeled as geniuses, and both men suffered from some
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Such an individual is also known to push away friends and relatives. His work absorbs him and total focus of attention is dedicated to the ongoing project. The ‘genius' is known to follow a ‘10 year rule', where this person is known to have". . . two bursts of creativity."(U.S. News and World Report). First one is very extreme, and the second is usually more socially accepted. According to Gardner a ‘genius' is also known to have childlike perceptions on things. Taking a totally different route to solving a problem was one of the major ways Albert Einstein came up with his time and space theories. In the 4th century B.C. Aristotle was quoted as saying, "Why is it that all men who are outstanding in philosophy, poetry or the arts are melancholic?"(New York Times, c1). Ever since then a famous anonymous quote was formed, "There is a thin line between genius and madness." (New York Times). It is not uncommon for a creative person to suffer from different types of depressions. According to a study performed by Dr. Arnold M. Ludwig at the
University of Kentucky Medical Center that ". . . looked at the incidence of psychiatric illness among 1004 eminent men and women . . . Ludwig discovered that psychiatric disturbances were far more common among the artists than among the others." (New York Times. C8). Dr. Ludwig does not conclude that
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