“I think I’ve spent my adult life dealing with the sense of low self-esteem that sort of implanted in me. Somehow I felt not worthy.” Halle Berry was commenting in an interview about what motivates her to support and work with an organization that helps women who escape violent homes. She recalls being terrified that […]
“I would burst from all of the emotion inside.”
How do you work with your strong emotions? Creative people experience a wide range and depth of intense emotions, and use that wealth of feeling to create artwork and performances.
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“Do I have to be in pain to write? I thought so, as most of my contemporaries did…” Musician Sting 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 frequent psychological expert on CNN, HLN, […]
A personality trait that may often accompany high sensitivity (experienced by many, or most, creative people) is high intensity. You can see some forms of intensity in many actors and musicians. Jodie Foster once commented about Russell Crowe, “He has that glacier intensity.” From post: Working With Your Intensity Through Creative Expression. [Photo: Crowe in […]
Many people experience mental health and emotional health challenges, perhaps especially those who are actively creative. The idea of the “mad” artist has a long history, and is supported to some extent by research, and the experiences of mental illness shared by many creative people. What do psychologists and artists say about this complex topic? […]