Creativity and Mental Illness

This is a great article discussing the inconclusive and not reliable research carried out to suggest there is a link between mental health issues and creativity. He discusses using different forms of creative process such as:

Sep-Conn (separated connected)

This process consists of conceiving or constructing connection and separation concomitantly, or making a connection possessing fully individual and functionally intact separate parts. Its operation is illustrated by the accompanying diagrammatic representation of the synapse in the body’s nervous system—the two individually operating and functionally separate neurons or nerve sells are connected by traversing chemicals acting as messengers.

Janusian thinking 

Albert Rothenberg, a noted researcher on the creative process, has extensively studied the use of opposites in the creative process. He identified a process he terms “Janusian thinking,” a process named after Janus, a Roman God who has two faces, each looking in the opposite direction. Janusian thinking is the ability to imagine two opposites or contradictory ideas, concepts, or images existing simultaneously. Imagine, if you will, your mother existing as a young baby and old woman simultaneously, or your pet existing and not existing at the same time.

Homospatial thinking

The homospatial process responsible for many types of creative results involves mental representations that defy or go beyond actual physical space. This process consists of actively conceiving two or more discrete entities occupying the same space or spatial location, a conception leading to the articulation of new integrations.  In conscious mental space, creators may superimpose or interpose shapes, patterns, written words, dimensions, distances, and other concrete entities. Subjectively, eyes closed or open, other physical receptors attentive or inattentive, the resulting mental image totally fills the conceptualized perceptual space. Any sensory modality may be involved: visual, auditory, tactile, kinaesthetic, olfactory, and gustatory. The imaginary image location may be considered to be the "mind's eye", "mind's ear," "mind's taste," etc.

Love Your Anxiety

A talk by Adrea Fella Talked about being compassionate with your worries and looking at it with an enzyme of kind attention. It really helped my feel better about my anxiety which in turn made my anxiety subside.

I illustrated a picture of this happening. 

Be compassionate towards your anxiety and your anxiety will subside. 

Same Inside EP

This is the artwork for my debut EP 'Same Inside'. The songs are all on the subject of my mothers suicide, the title track being 'Same Inside' which is me expressing how I feel very similar to my mother and that in a way we were the same inside. The album artwork shows me and her spliced together to represent our similarities. 

I would like to talk to people about their mental health issues and get to a deep level of where and issue may lie and write a song with people and create artwork and all the things that go along with releasing music.

This may lead to me becoming a councillor in a way so i will have to be weary about who i talk to and how they respond. I must be sensitive! 

writing producing and completing this EP led to a feeling of catharsis and i would like to see if i can facilitate this feeling in other people suffering from similar things.