Category: Creativity

Artists on the Couch

A Review of Art and Mourning: The Role of Creativity in Healing Trauma and Loss  by Esther Dreifuss-Kattan   Click on title below to read the review (downloads as Word document): Artists on the Couch: Trauma and Loss in the Lives of Twentieth Century Creatives First published by PsycCRITIQUES January 2, 2017, Vol. 62, No. 1, Article 7. …

Seeking the muse … again … and again …

I took time off from working on a manuscript to prepare a short paper and present at a conference. As I shift my focus back to book writing, I feel the weight of a large, creative project, along with the need to regain momentum that I typically face after a break. A friend once described a book …

Embracing the shadow side of creativity

In a blog post, “What is Creativity?,” Maria Popova quoted designer Charles Eames on the cultural obsession with the creative process: “Recent years have shown a growing preoccupation with the circumstances surrounding the creative act and a search for the ingredients that promote creativity. This preoccupation suggests we are in a special kind of trouble — …

Does trauma increase creativity?

A 2011 study suggests there may be a connection between creativity and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research conducted by Robert Miller and David Johnson revealed PTSD correlates with a greater capacity for symbolic representation, which is necessary for artistic as well as scientific endeavors. The study compared 56 Vietnam combat veterans with 14 veterans who …