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Creativity and Madness: New Findings and Old Stereotypes

Resource Type

Book

Description

"Intrigued by history's list of ?troubled geniuses,? Albert Rothenberg investigates how two such opposite conditions?outstanding creativity and psychosis?could coexist in the same individual. Rothenberg concludes that high-level creativity transcends the usual modes of logical thought?and may even superficially resemble psychosis. But he also discovers that all types of creative thinking generally occur in a rational and conscious frame of mind, not in a mystically altered or transformed state.Far from being the source?or the price?of creativity, Rothenberg discovers, psychosis and other forms of mental illness are actually hindrances to creative work. Disturbed writers and absent-minded professors make great characters in fiction, but Rothenberg has uncovered an even better story?the virtually infinite creative potential of healthy human beings."--JHU Press

Ages

All Ages

Age Groups

Adulthood (22+)

Languages

English

ISBN

0801849772

Author

Albert Rothenberg M.D.

Publication

1993 Johns Hopkins Univ Press

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