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Genius and the MindStudies of Creativity and Temperament$
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Andrew Steptoe

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523734

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523734.001.0001

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Creativity and madness: clues from modern psychiatric diagnosis

Creativity and madness: clues from modern psychiatric diagnosis

(p.226) (p.227) Chapter 10 Creativity and madness: clues from modern psychiatric diagnosis
Genius and the Mind

Gordon Claridge

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This chapter analyses the correlation between creativity and psychosis by citing clues from modern psychiatric diagnosis. Prior to the current era of genetic studies, serious mental illnesses were thought by many to be caused by social or inter-personal factors, but brain imaging and neurochemical investigation have highlighted the role of organic dysfunctions in schizophrenia. Results from modern psychiatric diagnosis have weakened the apparent similarities between the bizarre novelty of schizophrenic thought and genuine creativity.

Keywords:   creativity, madness, psychosis, psychiatric diagnosis, genetic studies, organic dysfunctions, schizophrenia, genuine creativity

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