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Creativity and Bipolar Disorder - A Connection?

Although a concrete link has not yet been found, scientific studies indicate a correlation between creative and irrational thinking. The fact that there are many famous creative bipolar people further supports the thesis that art and madness are connected

Maya Schumer

on 4 February 2011

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Transcript of Creativity and Bipolar Disorder - A Connection?

Did you know They had
bipolar disorder? Virginia Woolf "No great genius has ever existed
without some touch of madness” - Aristotle Is it any coincidence that this madness has touched the most creative, brilliant minds? Charles
Dickens Sylvia Plath What does it say
behind the painting? Lord Byron Beethoven Pollock's splatter-painted canvases have been viewed as a way to organize his chaotic inner life and moods. Is it true that
great minds think alike? Vincent Van Gogh Edvard Munch "Creativity is a kind of madness" - Plato Between a mentally ill mind and a creative mind Are similar thought processes “In all of us lodges the same fuel to light the same fire. And he who has never felt, momentarily, what madness is has but a mouthful of brains”
-Herman Melville, on bipolar disorder Although various case studies suggest a correlation between creativity and bipolar disorder A definite link has not yet been found. “Thinking outside the box might be facilitated by having a somewhat less intact box”
-Dr. Fredrik Ullén of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden "Poetry led me by the hand out of madness" -Anne Sexton
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