Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, specializing in creative artist issues, trauma recovery, and fertility.
She is a forensic and media consultant, and a psychological expert on CNN, HLN, and others.
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Topics in our audio interview include high sensitivity, regulating disruptive feelings, destructiveness vs creativity, pain and creativity, being unconventional vs rebellion against the self, the fight-or-flight response, and other issues which can impact creative artists and other people as well.
Dr. Arutt writes in one of her guest articles on my sites:
“Creating art has always been a way to channel emotional intensity…If you are an artist, you are your instrument. The greater access you maintain to yourself, the richer and broader your array of creative tools.”
Another of her articles: The Artist’s Unconscious and the Metaphor of Birth.
video of her TEDx: That Good Feeling of Control
Suffering in order to be an artist is one myth that seems to endure for many creative people
Musician Sting commented:
“Do I have to be in pain to write?
“I thought so, as most of my contemporaries did; you had to be the struggling artist, the tortured, painful, poetic wreck.
“I tried that for a while, and to a certain extent that was successful.
“I was ‘The King of Pain’ after all. I only know that people who are getting into this archetype of the tortured poet end up really torturing themselves to death.
“And I’m thinking, well, I would just like to be happy.”
See more in article Pain and suffering and developing creativity.
Some related articles:
Mental Health – Emotional Health videos
on The Creative Mind YouTube channel.
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