reply to post by Fader Creep
Hey glad you stopped by.
Just a quick comment on the article you posted in your blog, Creativity and insanity.
The shrinks would love to be able to connect creativity to actual named mental illnesses, in the end all mental illness that is not chemical in nature
amounts to uncommon connections between neurons that differ from the norm, it could be said that if you deviate in those connections to the 1% you are
insane. It would also be true that in order to be a genius you'd have to be in the 1% range in regards to society and how you think as well.
Attempts to label a person who is capable of thinking in ways others can't as schizoid or pseudo autistic or Manic is not actually representative of
what is going on, some people form connections and associations that are destructive, other form connections and associations that are useful and
even classification of most mental illnesses as specific names imho distracts from the analysis of the thought patterns and learned behaviors and
associations that comprises an individual.
the common practice of western health systems is to classify by symptom.
i.e. things that cause paranoia are this things that cause depression are this.
the reality however is underneath a unique individual with a very complex hormonal and endocrine system possessing a unique set of experiences and
mental image and behavior associations that lead to, depression or paranoia as examples.
Creativity being creative is simply, being a creative personality and a unique set of circumstances, experiences and biology causes each individual
creative personality just as a unique set of experiences biology etc causes what they label schizophrenia
The Two are no more related to each other than the reasons two people fall in love with their respective partners are the same. You can Label both as
"being in love" but in reality it's two entirely separate things,the reason no one can ever actually define Love, is the same reason there is no
ability to find a single causation for schizophrenia nor is there a root disease or even commonality involved in being "creative"
I sort of chuckled when they said that Artists/Poets showed a high instance of depression suicide... because by coincidence the same could be said
about falling in Love.
The shrinks are busy looking for answers as if... there is a virus involved a Causation something they can give a name too.
But the only reason they can name mental illnesses is because a mind distress can only manifest X numbers of symptoms.
Until they get rid of labels and address people psychiatry will always be a failed science.
The danger in what they do is that it would allow for Creativity to be called a mental illness and label it by associative symptoms, In the end you
could do the exact same thing to LOVE or to SPIRITUALITY
By the shrinks line of thinking, every person who can create, who manifests extraordinary talent, who falls in Love or feels the presence of God is
actually mentally ill
And that is a long and dangerous path to dehumanizing the best of us