Creativity and Mental Illness
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- Editor: James C. Kaufman, University of Connecticut
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Are creative people more likely to be mentally ill? This basic question has been debated for thousands of years, with the 'mad genius' concept advanced by such luminaries as Aristotle. There are many studies that argue the answer is 'yes', and several prominent scholars who argue strongly for a connection. There are also those who argue equally strongly that the core studies and scholarship underlying the mad genius myth are fundamentally flawed. This book re-examines the common view that a high level of individual creativity often correlates with a heightened risk of mental illness. It reverses conventional wisdom that links creativity with mental illness, arguing that the two traits are not associated. With contributions from some of the most exciting voices in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, physics, psychiatry, and management, this is a dynamic and cutting-edge volume that will inspire new ideas and studies on this fascinating topic.Read more
- The first collection of cutting-edge, research-based essays on creativity and mental illness
- Features contributions from accomplished international scholars from a variety of disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, physics, psychiatry and management
- Argues that creativity and mental illness are not associated, reversing conventional wisdom that links the two traits
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"What a joy to see top scholars seriously engage with this controversial topic. This book dispenses with simplistic myths, and stays grounded in scientific research. The result is a much more complex understanding of the links - and non-links - between creativity and mental illness. This book is required reading."
Keith Sawyer, Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, University of North Carolina, Chapel HillSee more reviews
"A timely and necessary volume; this handbook provides an excellent compilation of ideas and empirical studies relating to the old and much debated question of creativity and mental illness."
Simon Kyaga, Karolinska Institutet
"This is a fascinating book on a relatively little-explored topic - the connection between madness and genius - and it is well worth looking at the findings from research studies and reading different interpretations of the results."
Sonu Chandiram, Biz India
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- Date Published: July 2014
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- isbn: 9781139989763
- contains: 5 b/w illus. 4 tables
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Table of Contents
Preface James C. Kaufman
Part I. Creativity and Mental Illness: The State of the Field:
1. A socio-historical overview of the creativity-pathology connection from antiquity to contemporary times George Becker
2. The mad (creative) genius: what do we know after a century of historiometric research Dean Keith Simonton
3. Reviewing recent empirical findings on creativity and mental illness Melanie L. Beaussart, Arielle E. White, Adam Pullaro and James C. Kaufman
4. Building connections on sand: the cautionary chapter Judith Schlesinger
Part II. Cognitive and Neuroscientific Perspectives on Creativity and Mental Illness:
5. Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying creative thinking: indications from studies of mental illness Anna Abraham
6. The evolutionary genetics of the creativity-psychosis connection Aaron Kozbelt, Scott Barry Kaufman, Deborah J. Walder, Luz Ospina and Joseph Kim
7. Non-linearity in creativity and mental illness: the mixed blessings of chaos, catastrophe and noise in brain and behavior James E. Swain and John D. Swain
8. Artists' vulnerability to psychopathology: an integrative cognitive perspective Mark Papworth
Part III. Creativity and the Spectrum of Mental Illness:
9. Creativity and the spectrum of affective and schizophrenic psychoses Neus Barrantes-Vidal
10. When good is bad and bad is good: mood, bipolarity, and creativity Geir Kaufmann and Astrid Kaufmann
11. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and creativity: ever the twain shall meet? Dione Healey
Part IV. Creativity and Mental Illness: Possible Commonalities:
12. The shared vulnerability model of creativity and psychopathology Shelley Carson
13. On the fragility of the artist: art's precarious triad Maja Djikic and Keith Oatley
14. Creativity as 'compensatory advantage': bipolar and schizophrenic liability, the inverted-u hypothesis, and practical implications Dennis K. Kinney and Ruth Richards
Part V. Creativity and Mental Health:
15. Bringing the whole universe to order: creativity, healing, and post-traumatic growth Marie J. C. Forgeard, Anne C. Mecklenburg, Justin J. Lacasse and Eranda Jayawickreme
16. Inspiration and the creative process Todd M. Thrash, Emil Moldovan, Amanda K. Fuller and John T. Dombrowski
17. King Solomon and psychoneuroimmunology: creativity and life coping Michael J. Lowis
Part VI. Creativity and Mental Illness: What Now?:
18. Ruminating about mental illness and creativity Emily C. Nusbaum, Roger E. Beaty and Paul J. Silvia
19. Creativity and mental illness: reasons to care and beware James C. Kaufman.
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