Creativity and its link with mental health have always been much speculated about. However there have been a handful of methodologically sound studies to clearly establish the relationship between creativity and mental health. The objective of the study therefore was to examine the psychiatric morbidity stress profile, coping skills and personality profile in creative versus non-creative populations. Forty writers, 40 musicians and 40 controls chosen after randomization, who met the inclusion and exclusion criteria constituted the sample of the study. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS
The ancient Greeks were first to make the point. Shakespeare raised the prospect too. The notion of the tortured artist is a stubborn meme. Creativity, it states, is fuelled by the demons that artists wrestle in their darkest hours. The idea is fanciful to many scientists. But a new study claims the link may be well-founded after all, and written into the twisted molecules of our DNA.
Psychologist Daniel Nettle of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England and his colleagues recruited British men and women through advertisements in a small town newsletter and specialty lists for creative types. The researchers surveyed this group with questions designed to measure various schizophrenic behaviors, artistic output and sexual success, among other aspects of their personal history. Results of that survey showed that people who displayed strong evidence of "unusual experiences" and "impulsive non-conformity"--two broad types of schizophrenic behavior--had more sexual partners than their peers did and were more likely to be involved in artistic pursuits, either professionally or as a hobby. Those who professionally pursued the arts had the highest average number of partners Of course, there are a number of possible reasons for the artists' mating success.
Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. Learn more. It has been argued that creativity evolved, at least in part, through sexual selection to attract mates. The current study delves deeper into these relationships by focusing on engagement in creative activity and employing an expansive set of personality and mental health measures Five Factor Model, schizotypy, anxiety, and depression.