Thursday, August 27, 2015

Worry, Newton, Creativity

Isaac Newton’s neurotic creativity may have been down to negative thinking:
Neurotics ruminate on problems, delving into their causes and the negative effects these might have. They replay these scenarios, amplifying their worries. Brain scans showed people who are good at this negative thinking displayed greater activity in regions of the medial prefrontal cortex. This area of the brain is linked to the conscious perception of threat and danger.
You don't say!  One doesn't need to read very many biographies of creative types -- writers, artists, inventors, etc to realize that this is OFTEN the case -- but certainly not universally. Einstein seemed to be very well adjusted and actually rather happy -- so it isn't a requirement!

There is a bit of irony that it is in the Irish Times -- plenty of rumination, dark side and "issues" to be had there!

The really sad part is that there are a whole lot of us "ruminators" that are in no danger of going down in history with as worthy a name as Isaac Newton -- or even Joyce, Yeats, Swift or  Beckett.

Seems that there is a lot of inequality in the creativity lottery!

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