I Love Being Mad : Documentary

A documentary looking at people with mental illness and how they like it and are angry at the system. Very old though so the change they are campaigning for may have alredy happened....

Man says 'Schizophrenia is not something I have, its something I am!'

Follows the story of a selection of different people with severe mental health issues. 

'We cannot fit into to your society, in a way we cant get our heads round it' 

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.https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/creative-explorations/201507/the-sep-con-articulation-process-in-creativity

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. http://www.creativitypost.com/create/janusian_thinking

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. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/creative-explorations/201507/the-homospatial-process-in-creativity