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Identity

Creative People – Mood Disorders and Misdiagnosis


“I’ve been accused of being ‘too much’ all my life. Too loud, too fast, too smart, too multi-talented, too audacious.

Writer, writing coach, teacher, and speaker Cynthia Morris continued,

“I’ve never been able to live according to that external standard of ‘just right’. Artists are often ‘too much’. It’s the job of the artist and writer to reflect what they see and feel.

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Anxiety

Living With A Racing Creative Mind


Stephen King has published some 54 novels and six non-fiction books, and has written nearly 200 short stories.

Even if you are not that prolific, you may still experience the intense imagination and racing mind that so many creative people live with.

An article by journalist David Ulin about King notes "In 1988, he astonished even himself by publishing five It's a daunting degree of prolificacy, but through it...
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Anxiety

Performers and Depression

“I know what it’s like to feel depressed." Lady Gaga
Many creative people experience mental health challenges like anxiety and depression, often starting early in life. A number of them are actors, musicians and other performers.

Are there personality traits or aspects of the entertainment business that may encourage emotional problems for performers?

Most of you reading this are probably not actors or other performers, but the perspectives and insights of these talented artists can...
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Introversion

Self Esteem and a Quiet Ego


How does self esteem impact our lives and creativity? How do traits like egocentrism and narcissism relate to self esteem?

In his post here on PsychCentral, Steve Bressert, explains that Narcissistic Personality Disorder is "characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity (either in fantasy or actual behavior), an overwhelming need for admiration, and usually a complete lack of empathy toward others.
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Creative Thinking

Psychological Androgyny and Creative People


"A writer should be woman-manly or " Virgina Woolf

Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explains that psychological androgyny refers to "a person’s ability to be at the same time aggressive and nurturant, sensitive and rigid, dominant and submissive, regardless of gender.

"A psychologically androgynous person in effect doubles his or her repertoire of responses and can interact with the world in terms of a much richer and varied spectrum of opportunities.

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Creative Thinking

Does Being Neurotic Help Us Be More Creative?


Woody Allen admits he has “a lot of neurotic habits. I don’t like to go into elevators, I don’t go through tunnels, I like the drain in the shower to be in the corner and not in the middle.”

With so much psychology related material in the news and culture, we may be especially concerned with whether our behavior is a disorder, or normal - whatever that is - and if our eccentricities can help...
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Personality

The Highly Sensitive Creative Person


Are creative people more likely to be highly sensitive?

Writer Carolyn Gregoire in an article on the topic thinks one reason highly sensitive people may be so creative is an unusual depth of feeling - part of the personality trait of high sensitivity that psychologists and many creative people find supports creative exploration and expression.

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