However, such eccentric states were not held to reflect clinical levels of mental illness until the 1800s (Becker, 2001).
The intuitive appeal of this connection partly stems from the commonalities we associate with mental illness and creativity, including a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to generate non-generic conceptual connections, and the adoption of alternative perspectives (Abraham, in press).
This book summarizes the exciting new research developments on the processes involved in group creativity and innovation, and explores the relationship between group processes, group context and creativity.
It draws from a broad range of research perspectives, including those investigating cognition, groups, creativity, information systems and organizational psychology.
He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant, and why the "tortured genius" is largely a myth.
Most important, he explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.
Subclinical populations have also been widely assessed, and these refer to high risk healthy populations who are defined as such because they exhibit a high degree of mental illness-relevant personality traits. doi: 10.2466/pr0.97.1.180-182 Pubmed Abstract | Pubmed Full Text | Cross Ref Full Text Silvia, P.
The most well studied psychiatric populations in this regard include individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. Some have even shown that the presence of psychopathological traits explains only a paltry amount of the variance in creative performance (Silvia and Kimbrel, 2010). doi: 10.1080/13546805.2013.877384 Pubmed Abstract | Pubmed Full Text | Cross Ref Full Text © 2014 Abraham.In addition, notwithstanding notable exceptions (e.g., van Gogh), individuals who achieved creative eminence in their fields were not operating at peak levels of productivity when they reached the point of severe mental illness. doi: 10.1037/a0016494 Cross Ref Full Text Thys, E., Sabbe, B., and De Hert, M. The assessment of creativity in creativity/psychopathology research—a systematic review. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).Few issues polarize the scientific community within the field of creativity as the purported association between creativity and psychopathology.The idea that the two are intimately linked dates back to Greek antiquity where the mental state of creative individuals during idea generation was noted to be highly aberrant.