By S. Kyaga
Is there fairly a skinny line among insanity and genius? This publication offers an intensive evaluate of the present kingdom of information in this age previous concept, and offers new empirical learn to place an finish to this debate, but in addition to open up dialogue in regards to the implications of its findings.
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In a study on creative architects compared to less creative colleagues, MacKinnon suggests that, ‘the more creative architects, more often than the less creative, point turning to another activity when seriously blocked at a task and returning later to it when refreshed, whereas less creative architects more often report working stubbornly at a problem when blocked in their attempts at solutions’ (MacKinnon, 1965 quoted in Runco, 2007a). Nevertheless, the difficulty 26 Creativity and Mental Illness in persuading creative individuals alluded to by Lombroso may also rest in the fact that many tend to be contrarians, a term used for people who do things different from others (Runco, 2007a).
34 Creativity and Mental Illness will probably betray itself occasionally in disadvantageous forms among their descendants. ’ (Pearson, 1914, vol III, p. 32). Wilhelm Lange-Eichbaum Wilhelm Lange-Eichbaum was originally a sculptor and an author of plays, but later devoted his life to the study of psychiatry as a student of Gaupp’s renowned school at the University of Tuebingen (Loewenberg, 1950; Mayer, 1953). He worked at the University of Hamburg, where he aimed to establish pathography as a science, investigating both biological and sociological influences on disease.
About 5000 individuals were interviewed. There were 113 artists and 181 scientists. The geographic boundaries were those of Germany prior to the First World War; German Austria, German Switzerland, and the Baltic States. The aim was among others to perform ‘a comparison between the mental health of artists and scientists and an average population of similar professional, educational, and social make-up’. Artists consisted of architects, sculptors, poets, painters and musicians, while that scientific group included those active within theoretical science, natural science, technical applied science, and nine statesmen.
Creativity and Mental Illness: The Mad Genius in Question by S. Kyaga