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Madness and Creativity

Madness and Creativity

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There are many famous examples of these traits running in families. The Hemingway family was devastated by the destructiveness of these traits. Ernest Hemingway, who committed suicide at age 61, is thought to have used the same shotgun that his father used to end his own life 33 years earlier.
There are many famous examples of these traits running in families. The Hemingway family was devastated by the destructiveness of these traits. Ernest Hemingway, who committed suicide at age 61, is thought to have used the same shotgun that his father used to end his own life 33 years earlier.

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Madness and Creativity
Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a health-care professional for more than 40 years. He isthe author of 9 books, including
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, MaleMenopause,The Irritable Male Syndrome,
. He offers counseling to men, women, and couples inhis office in California or by phone with people throughout the U.S. and around theworld. To receive a Free E-book on Men’s Health and a free subscription to Jed’s e-newsletter go tohttp://facebook.com/menalivenow.If you enjoy my articles, please subscribe. I write to everyone who joins my Scribd team. My new book, my 10
th
,
on
Energy Medicine for Men
is due for publication in the fall, 2011 or spring 2012.
It was a great mistake, my being born a man. I would have been muchmore successful as a sea gull or a fish. As it is, I will always be a stranger who never feels at home, who does not really want and is not reallywanted, who can never belong, who must always be a little in love withdeath!--Eugene O’Neill
Long Day’s Journey into Night 
There are many famous examples of these traits running in families. TheHemingway family was devastated by the destructiveness of these traits.Ernest Hemmingway, who committed suicide at age 61, is thought to haveused the same shotgun that his father used to end his own life 33 yearsearlier. Hemingway’s brother and sister also committed suicide. His father,physician Dr. Clarence Hemingway, suffered from violent mood swings anderratic behavior. Margaux Hemingway, one of Ernest’s granddaughters,struggled with bulimia and alcoholism. She was found dead during thesummer of 1996, at the age of 41.
 
It isn’t coincidence that so many creative people also suffer from mooddisorders. The same emotional sensitivity that causes us so much painwhen we react strongly to even minute changes in our internal and externalenvironment also allows us to have a special sensitivity to the humancondition. “We of the craft are all crazy,” remarked Lord Byron abouthimself and his fellow poets. “Some are affected by gaiety, others bymelancholy, but all are more or less touched.”
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In her book
Touched by Fire
, author Kay Redfield Jamison, offers an in-depth look at the connection between the artistic temperament and mood.Some of the most well-known men and women in the arts have sufferedfrom mood disorders as well as creating some of the most important art of our times. Many of my favorite poets and writers are included: HansChristian Andersen, Honore de Balzac, John Berryman, Samuel Clemens(Mark Twain), Joseph Conrad, Hart Crane, Charles Dickens, EmilyDickinson, Isak Dinesen, T.S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, WilliamFaulker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Herman Hesse, Victor Hugo, Henry James,William James, John Keats, Robert Lowell, Herman Melville, EugeneO’Neil, Edgar Allan Poe, Ezra Pound, Mary Shelley, Robert LouisStevenson, Dylan Thomas, Leo Tolstoy, Walt Whitman, TennesseeWilliams, Mary Wollencraft, Virginia Woolf, and Emile Zola.

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