The Curse of Creativity


As a person with limited creativity, the editor has spent most of his life looking at the creative class with jealousy. Music, art, poetry, and other forms of creative expressions are why the world is beautiful, and humans of limited innovative insight add nothing to that beauty.

But even as a child, the editor never felt too jealous of the creative class because he noticed patterns of psychotic behavior in individuals with an exceptionally honed sense of innovation. They have no perception of reality. They do not see patterns the way they are meant to be seen, and they come up with ideas that are borderline “plain nuts”. In fact, they often combine psychotic, egotistical, narcissistic, unrealistic, and even histrionic traits (reference: Voices from Jordan: An Alternative Narrative).

The root of the problem is ironically the blessing. Such traits are what allow the unusual and sometimes bizarre thought processes of creativity to exist in the first place. The theory is that there is no clear dividing line between the healthy and the mentally ill. Rather, there is a continuum, with some people having psychotic traits without having the debilitating symptoms.

As a medical professional and a concerned citizen, the editor urges the creative class to please restrain from performing exceptionally psychotic behavior. Jordan already suffers from a severe shortage in creativity, and your inspiring insanity will help no one if it is placed under microscopic surveillance.

The editor is aware that he needs not express the following, but he cannot resist: Do not let the unfulfilled affect you. As Eric Fromm wisely said, “Hate is a product of the unfulfilled life.”

via Note 21: The Curse of Creativity « From the Notebooks of a Social Media Stalker.

My Opinion? There has been somewhat of a swing to the right (side of the brain) as though one side were better than the other, as though male were better than female. Reasoning from the Psyche, not from the heart.

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3 responses to “The Curse of Creativity”

  1. Alex Jones says :

    Edward De Bono, who invented mind mapping, considers that both left and right brain needs to be used to have the best effect out of using the brain.

    Aristotle would encourage the middle way between two extremes, thus useing both sides of the brain, than favour one extreme.

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