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Gresham College: Genius or Madness? The Psychology of Creativity

“Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide” (Dryden) There often seems to be a link between creativity and mental illness. Many great poets, playwrights, artists and composers suffered from depression, alcoholism, obsessionality, bipolar or psychotic disorders at some time in their lives. How strong is the link …

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Simon Kyaga: Genius and madness – conspicuous myth or scientic fact?

Simon Kyaga describes how his first contact with one of the oldest myths of the Western society – the idea of a link between genius and madness – led him into his major field of research. By using the Swedish “goldmine” of epidemiological data, Kyaga is trying to determine if persons with a mental disorder …

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