What possible humanitarian purpose is served by claiming that our greatest creative minds must be dysfunctional, when there isn’t a shred of genuine proof behind it?
Since there IS no evidence, why not celebrate genius, instead of diagnosing it?
How can folks be so sure that genius requires unusual misery without giving the same close and suspicious attention to the emotions of the non-genius?
Dr. Judith Schlesinger has long been fighting the stubborn myth that great creativity must be packaged with great psychopathology. She’s delighted that The Insanity Hoax has been opening minds all over the world.
But at this point, putting any new focus on the bad science behind the myth gives it more dignity than it deserves.
So . . . it seems like a good time to turn the whole thing around.
For decades, the usual practice has been to poke through the life scraps of long-deceased geniuses, hunting for the mental illness that’s supposed to be there. The artists never get a chance to speak for themselves.
Instead, Judith will be talking with living, working artists about how the myth does (or does not) reflect their own creative process and state of mind.
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Fascinating, insightful, and surprisingly funny.
This book should be required reading for creative and performing artists, their teachers, their therapists, and anyone who loves them. Not to be missed!
Judith Schlesinger lets all the hot air out of the over-inflated psychobabble-for-profit balloon, wielding a deft, sometimes deadly scalpel fueled by acute insight, humor, and a delightfully readable prose style.