Madness Versus Creativity
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Glenn D. Wilson's Psychology of Creativity Speech Introduces His Theory
Wilson suggests that there is often a genetic link between these behaviors, noting that close relatives of highly creative people often suffer from schizophrenia. Creative people also often suffer from childhood traumas that can manifest creatively; but this too can be linked back to genetics, since the child maltreatment is often explained by a genetic factor within the parent.
As for the link between genius and madness, Wilson identifies overlapping behaviors such as grandiose ideas, extreme self-indulgence and workaholic tendencies. With the exception of writers, high levels of mental illness tends to disrupt creativity. Wilson suggests that perhaps creative people are on a “continuum towards being crazy.” What appears to differentiate people suffering from madness from highly creative individuals is the degree to which they are able to exercise control and insight towards their behavior.