By Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D. The creative artist’s drive to create often parallels the experience of gestation and birth, regardless of the gender of the artist. From the first “glimmer in the eye” to the conception of a specific work, the artist embarks on a process that continues to develop and grow even in the absence […]
Creative, sensitive and intense people experience a wide range and depth of emotions, and use that wealth of feeling to create art. How can we work with such strong feelings and stay balanced? Actor Gloria Reuben commented about experiencing strong emotions: “The thing I love most about acting is that while I am doing a scene, I am […]
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? […]
“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.
The idea of…