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Témoignage : Don’t call me a neurotic, I prefer ‘original thinker’

le 9 septembre 2015

[The Guardian] Studies that link anxiety with creativity should be taken with a pinch of salt. But as a card-carrying neurotic, I’ll happily take the rebranding.

If, like notorious neurotic Woody Allen, you feel that life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable, you may be cheered (or not, of course) by news of a study linking the misery of anxiety with the reward of a fertile imagination.

Studies that make a connection between suffering and creativity are not treading new ground. Nor are they always popular. The writer AL Kennedy, for example, throws some great shade on the myth of the tortured artist. And recent research that linked inventiveness and high IQ with poor mental health – specifically schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – was also questioned by scientists.

Source The Guardian