Creativity and Madness: New Findings and Old Stereotypes

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JHU Press, 1. sep. 1990 - 208 strani
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Intrigued by history's list of "troubled geniuses,"Albert Rothenberg investigates how two such opposite conditions—outstanding creativity and psychosis—could coexist in the same individual. Rothenberg concludes that high-level creativity transcends the usual modes of logical thought—and may even superficially resemble psychosis. But he also discovers that all types of creative thinking generally occur in a rational and conscious frame of mind, not in a mystically altered or transformed state.

Far from being the source—or the price—of creativity, Rothenberg discovers, psychosis and other forms of mental illness are actually hindrances to creative work. Disturbed writers and absent-minded professors make great characters in fiction, but Rothenberg has uncovered an even better story—the virtually infinite creative potential of healthy human beings.

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This text is a rarity: a critical look at the supposed link between creativity and mental instability. The author addresses methodological issues with some prior correlations but then also gives a ... Celotno mnenje

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This text is a rarity: a critical look at the supposed link between creativity and mental instability. The author addresses methodological issues with some prior correlations but then also gives a ... Celotno mnenje

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1
The Creative Process in Art and Science
14
Inspiration and the Creative Process
38
The Mystique of the Unconscious and Creativity
48
Psychosis and the Creation of Poetry
57
Selfdestruction and Selfcreation
68
The Perils of Psychoanalyzing or Scandalizing Emily Dickinson
79
The Psychosis and Triumph of August Strindberg
92
Homosexuality and Creativity
103
The Muse in the Bottle
114
Eugene ONeills Creation of The Iceman Cometh
133
Creativity and Mental Illness
149
Psychotherapy and Creativity
165
Notes
181
Index
191
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Albert Rothenberg, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard University and director of research at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. His books include The Emerging Goddess: The Creative Process in Art, Science, and Other Fields.

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