Lately, my mind has been bombarded with questions, but one in particular caught my interest - is creativity a mental disorder? Now, before any of you send me off to a psychiatrist or start laughing, hold your horses and please read on. First off, everyone is creative. I don't care if you tell me that you cannot paint, draw, play an instrument(s), etc. YOU are still creative! The only thing that might set you apart from the rest of the crowd is your degree of creativity. In other words, your experience. If you are still not convinced then consider this - dreams. Based on theoretical evidence, a dream is basically a construction of ideas, memories, emotions, etc projected within your minds intangible canvas. Hence, your mind is developing idea(s) and it just so happens that ideas are the early stages of creative thinking. Alright, so...what now? Well, it is not the inexperienced creative thinkers that we shall be concentrating on, but rather all the artists' out there. When I say artists', I am not strictly speaking of painters, drawers, and sculptors. There are photographers, graphic designers, architects, musicians, film directors, dancers, writers, etc. What do they all have in common? They're all creative thinkers and experienced ones, too! In fact, I cannot imagine all those famous artists' existing had they not been so obsessed with imagination and creative thinking. This is where my mind started making connections. What if this obsessive nature of creative thinking was actually a mental disorder? Keep in mind, a person is not necessarily born with a mental disorder. An example is an addiction, whether that be alcoholism, gambling, etc which may also lead to stress, depression, and isolation. In a broad sense, creative thinking is an addictive "drug". Although addicting, I wouldn't exactly call it life threatening. For instance, some find painting and/or drawing therapeutic. Others may skip meals, sleep, and completely isolate themselves from people while working in their studio. At this point, you might be saying, "so, why should I care?" The point of this investigation was not to frighten artists or portray creativity as something of evil nature, but rather to see the word in a whole new light instead of its old labeling - "talent".
I would really appreciate it if all of you gave me some feedback. Do you agree/disagree and obviously why?
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