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    Creative minds 'mimic schizophrenia'

    Creativity is akin to insanity, say scientists who have been studying how the mind works.
    Chartered psychologist Gary Fitzgibbon says an ability to "suspend disbelief" is one way of looking at creativity.

    "When you suspend disbelief you are prepared to believe anything and this opens up the scope for seeing more possibilities.

    "Creativity is certainly about not being constrained by rules or accepting the restrictions that society places on us. Of course the more people break the rules, the more likely they are to be perceived as 'mentally ill'."

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    really interesting read thanks for posting.
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    Thank you - this is fascinating and I have bookmarked the link it for future reference
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    I always suspected this. A couple members of my family and myself were creative. But some of them had mental illness that interfered with normal functioning. I like to believe my mental illness is this side of sanity, but at times I wonder.
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    Interesting article, especially considering two close family members of mine both have schizophrenia. Thanks for sharing.
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    i have a crazy aunt and my dad was completely nuts he was just so funny and charming that i think most people just assumed he was joking...but i suspect he wasn't.

    but...besides that...lots of artists in my family as well so the connection makes sense yep.
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    i'd be happy being crazy if i met someone else who was crazy (especially for me. heh). not sure if the creativity is worth it.

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    what a crazy thing to say
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    An authoritarian upbringing leads to an authoritarian personality. And the authoritarian personality is concerned with bringing order out of chaos.

    And although it is admirable to bring order out of chaos, it does have its limitations.

    And the limitation of the authoritarian personality is that they can't tell the difference between chaos and creativity. And they tragically try to bring an external order to creativity, and in the process destroy the internal order of creativity.

    Yes, the authoritarian personality imposes an external order, while the creative personality discovers the internal order.

    And so the authoritarian personality makes the same mistake by not being able to tell the difference between the schizophrenic psychotic and the creative personality.

    Yes, with the best intentions in the world, the authoritarian personality is relentlessly destructive of the creative personality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    An authoritarian upbringing leads to an authoritarian personality.
    The opposite is also possible. The child develops a rebellious personality to combat the oppression.

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