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Creativity, intelligence and madness

Today’s nugget for my personal meditation happens to be a quote by Carl Jung.

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awake.” – Carl Jung

It is interesting to know that Carl Jung, a highly intelligent psychologist, once feared that he was descending into madness. I learnt that studies have shown close correlation between creativity, intelligence and “madness” (which I think can be subjective). One of my university lecturers once remarked that mad people are also the most creative people.

I also learnt that highly intelligent people and deep thinkers, artists and philosophers have had their moments of depression at some points in their lives. Maybe there is something about the neurological function of their brilliant and creative mind that makes them more susceptible to depression? The following websites have some interesting observations.

” One needs only to look at the lives of artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Mark Rothko, or to mathematician John Nash (pictured)—whose battle with paranoid schizophrenia was made famous in the film A Beautiful Mind—as examples of the thin line between brilliance and insanity.”

“Dr Storr picked a recent study to prove his point. Among 47 award-winning writers and artists it was found that 30 per cent had signs of mental illness while half of the poets studied appeared in dire need of psychiatric treatment. Storr opines that the most inventive among us are at odds with themselves, as with the world.”

My take is that creativity and intelligence is a gift to be appreciated and harnessed, and while deep thinking and analysis about things may lead to depression, it needs not be necessarily a bad or negative thing – it just means that highly intelligent and creative people tend to be misunderstood by the society at large who may not able to appreciate or relate to the depth and profundity of their expression of thoughts.



I am a beloved child of Divine Love/Great Spirit, and so are you. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. My main interests in life include Nature, music, spirituality, inspiration, philosophy, sports, reading and photography.

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