I recently read a book authored by none other than the famous Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and his insights on creative minds.
Realizing the fine balance between an insane person and a genius is very close at hand, despite being called two very distinct names.
Csikszentmihalyi is noted for his work in the study of happiness and creativity, but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his
years of research and writing on the topic. He is the author of many books and over 120 articles or book chapters. Martin Seligman, former president
of the American Psychological Association, described Csikszentmihalyi as the world's leading researcher on positive psychology. Csikszentmihalyi once
said: "Repression is not the way to virtue. When people restrain themselves out of fear, their lives are by necessity diminished. Only through freely
chosen discipline can life be enjoyed and still kept within the bounds of reason." His works are influential and are widely cited
The common elements is/was the lack of a normal life or setbacks as people see it, usually at very young age, its the hardships that creates the very
basic for a genius to emerge along with a curios mind and not an environment of privileges. It seems like the very thing that unites them together is
the wish and hope for a peaceful life instead of the hardships that scarred the creative minds from the start.
Another common thing they shared, was the lack of a father figure that created the boundaries that are taught in society or a strong loving mother, i
really couldnt see the difference.
What shared the madman from the creative genius was the common factor of looking at every aspect of humanity, the cons and the pros and asking
themselves the question ;" Why " and not setting a label of;" This is what we got. "
Yet there is one crucial thing that unite them all together, an important fact. Beethoven and Mozart, Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci or Albert
Einstein, even though centuries puts them apart,there is one thing a creative mind cant be without. Its as simple as the circumstances around it, the
genius needs the right tools to create. Beethoven and Mozart needed musical instruments, Shakespeare needed the English renaissance just as Leonardo
Albert Einstein, well he and his wife, worked with patents. They all were given the right tools in the right time and at the right age, during times
of changes and mastering the basics made them creators of their own domain.
What i found out be standing on the shoulders of Mihaly, the creative minds are created by extreme pressure formed into diamonds, they break or they
begin to spark, they shatter or turn dark, then its up to the circumstances around to polish and cut it into something that can be out on display.
I can assume the joy of Psychologists when they find an unpolished diamond and their hope its doesnt shatter, or break, trying to fit a Jungian
Archetype to figure out the pressure points, careful and delicate work to see if something emerge deep within.