Artists often create to deal with challenging emotions and thoughts. The photo is Meryl Streep in the movie Into the Woods (2014). She has said acting “has to do with working out private passions that are almost inscrutable to me. “I just get to work out all my murderous thoughts and my weaknesses and my failures […]
“Life without pain isn’t real at all.” Shia LaBeouf Many people have had traumatic childhoods, and are drawn to creative expression as part of their way to deal with it, to heal and regain self esteem. A number of talented actors have suffered traumatic experiences, including Ashley Judd, who was sexually abused; Charlize Theron, as […]
One of those cliches about creative expression is to “Write what you know.” Maybe it can be expanded to “Create from what you know and who you are.” Lena Dunham is the creator, executive producer, and one of the stars of the HBO series “Girls” about four young women living in New York. She bases […]
“Creativity is a divine madness… a gift from the gods.” Plato
“People who are getting into this archetype of the tortured poet end up really torturing themselves to death.” Sting
This mythology of madness as a fuel for creativity,…
Creativity coach, author and psychologist Eric Maisel, PhD, notes “Some people become doctors, lawyers, accountants, or marketing executives. Some people stay at home and raise a family.
“But millions of people make another sort of choice, …