Emotional Problems and Creativity, a Concise (and Un-Scientific) Guide
Before you consider an MFA or a fellowship, take a second look at a time-honored alternative–mental illness. Not all mental illnesses inspire their sufferers, and not all mental patients make good art, but some disorders do have a strong correlation with creativity, and emotional turbulence is often what drives someone to make art in the first place. Here is a concise (and un-scientific) guide to help you choose the emotional disorder that’s right for you.
LONELINESS & UNREQUITED LOVE:
ADDICTION & RECOVERY:
If you don’t have any emotional problems or addictions, drugs are a great way to simulate them for a few hours at a time. Have fun, kids.
All your love isn’t enough, maybe she’ll change for you, it’ll be different this time, he’ll never do it again, if only he knew how much you care, you can’t leave her now…You may find your masterpiece on one of your trips around and round on this vicious cycle–at the very least you’ll have someone to do your laundry. Like heroin without the abscesses and tooth decay, codependence will teach you to sing the blues. ‘If only…’ will be your refrain, and the big question at the heart of your work.
SCHIZOTYPAL TRAITS:Louis Wain’s cat paintings got weirder as schizophrenia tightened its grip
Now let’s have some fun. Schizotypal personality traits are to schizophrenia what Aspergers is to autism. You can enjoy all the mind alterations, paranoia, and delusions without the whole break from reality mess. Schizotypal personalities are more open to sensory experience and can enter flow state with ease. Schizotypal traits have been read into the works of James Joyce and Henry Miller. In Capitalism and Schizophrena Deluze argues that the schizophrenic mind is more or less impervious to advertising.
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