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Link between creativity and mental illness confirmed in large-scale Swedish study

Danger Will Robinson

I believe there are some problems with this article and bringing the research forward to the US.  While there is documentation of creativity and bipolar disorder, schizophrenia in the US is seen as decreasing cognition and creativity due to brain damage that occurs as young as childhood. It has been my experience that patient artists and writers are often bipolar, but have not once found that with schizophrenic patients.

The question I have is how the article and research were translated, and how is a disorder defined differently in Sweden. The American system of diagnosis and disorder description is not accepted or followed by all other countries.

Further, one must look deeply at the purpose of creativity in humanity. What is disordered and what is survival of species? What is innate brilliance and what is from dysfunction of the brain? 

Dr. Bunch

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Link between creativity and mental illness confirmed in large-scale Swedish study
People in creative professions are treated more often for mental illness than the general population, there being a particularly salient connection between writing and schizophrenia (I think here they mean bipolar, Dr. Bunch), according to researchers whose large-scale Swedish registry study is the most comprehensive ever in its field.

Meditation makes you more creative.

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Meditation Makes You More Creative

ScienceDaily (Apr. 19, 2012) — Certain meditation techniques can promote creative thinking. This is the outcome of a study by cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato and her fellow researchers at Leiden University, published 19 April in Frontiers in Cognition.

This study is a clear indication that the advantages of particular types of meditation extend much further than simply relaxation. The findings support the belief that meditation can have a long-lasting influence on human cognition, including how we think and how we experience events.
Two ingredients of creativity
The study investigates the influences of different types of meditative techniques on the two main ingredients of creativity: divergent and convergent styles of thinking.

  • Divergent thinking Divergent thinking allows many new ideas to be generated. It is measured using the so-called Alternate Uses Task method where participants are required to think up as many uses as possible for a particular object, such as a pen.

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