So today’s blog post is just another reminder of how us creative types are… um… different. As in, we might be predisposed to getting a mild form of schizophrenia.
Here is an excerpt from this fascinating Psychology Today article:
In a recent study reported in Schizophrenia Bulletin, Nelson and Rawlings propose that a mild form of schizophrenia called schizotypy may be positively associated with the experience of creative flow.
Those voices you hear in your head? You might want to get them checked out… or not, because they might help you write better dialog!
All kidding aside, the article explores some interesting points about how people who get lost in their writing are saved from the brink of madness if they are intelligent or have a strong working memory. In other words, most of us are two personality traits away from descending into Beautiful-Mind-Esque schizophrenic paranoia. The article states that in terms of the Big Five trait test, creative people almost always have these two traits: openness to experience and neuroticism. [Read more…]