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Mental Health

Therapy Would Kill My Creativity

"I want to keep my sufferings. They are part of me and my art." Painter Edvard Munch

"I had the feeling therapy was good for my writing very early on." Filmmaker Agnes Jaoui
Referring to Munch’s statement, psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison notes in her book Touched with fire: Manic-depressive illness and the artistic temperament:

"This is a common concern. Many artists and writers believe that turmoil, suffering, and extremes in emotional experience are integral not only to the...
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Creative Thinking

Amber Benson on Writing: Creating is Kind of Intoxicating

As an actor, Amber Benson may be best known as Tara on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and she has continued to do other acting projects since then.

She has multiple credits as a novelist and screenwriter, co-writing and directing an animated web-series, Ghosts of Albion, for the BBC, and co-writing several Buffy comics.

She has written, produced, and directed three feature films, including her latest, Drones. Her novels include "Among The Ghosts," coming in August - a...
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Too Much to Contain – Intensity and Creativity

One of the defining qualities of creative people is passionate intensity. Creative visionaries, people who make a strong impact on culture, make use of their intensities to fuel creative expression.

Joss Whedon is writer, producer and director of movies and TV shows including Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Dollhouse. Last year he received the third annual 2009 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from Harvard.

In his acceptance speech...
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Creative Thinking

Developing Creativity: Creating From Childhood

Creative people often acknowledge that they respect and make use of their childhood interests, experiences and personalities, perhaps in ways that other people don't, or tend to discard as adults.

Feeling joyful and enthusiastic, unhurried, unstructured and uncritical as a kid are all qualities that can encourage creativity.

But there are also dark sides of childhood for many people that can also motivate powerful writing and other creative work.

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Creative Thinking

Curiosity and Creativity

Director Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") was asked why he has such a good voice for writing women characters, and he replied:

"One, I write well about things that I'm most curious. Two, I've had two long relationships with older women in my life." [From interview by Rebecca Murray.]

Probably most writers and other artists share his perspective that curiosity...
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