The aphorism that madness and creative genius are opposing sides of the same coin predates contemporary psychiatry and has existed since the time of the great Stagirite Aristotle. Schizophrenia is one mental disorder intimately linked with creative thinking and achievement. There is no shortage of eminent scientists, thinkers, writers, artists, composers, and political activists tentatively theorised to have precariously balanced the great divide between the demons of schizophrenia and the muses of creative illumination, including Rene Descartes, Emanuel Swedenborg, John Forbes Nash, Leonardo da Vinci, and Joan of Arc, to name but a few. However, is that association veracious in an empirical sense? If it is, how exactly are schizophrenia and creative illumination related?
Using new empirical findings, this book sheds new light upon the age-old assumption and goes further still in explaining how creative potential with world-fashioning powers can be channelled in individuals with this diagnosis. Mental health practitioners will find this book both intriguing and useful. As part of our celebration of World Mental Health Day this month, we’re highlighting original and valuable contributions to the academic dialogue on the subject. As such, you can purchase The Creative Advantages of Schizophrenia: The Muse and the Mad Hatter, and a number of other texts, at a 50% discount until November 1st.
The monograph has garnered praise for the quality of its prose, the depth of its insight, and the strength of its argument. You can read some of the newest reviews below.
“I’m happy to award this book four out of four stars. It is well-researched and well-edited. It is also surprisingly readable, allowing for the fact that it is an academic text. The book will appeal to clinicians and medical students. It may also be something that relatives and friends of schizophrenics might turn to in search of a greater understanding of the condition.”
Brendan Donaghy, OnlineBookClub.org
“This slim but fact-packed volume builds upon previous research of the intersection between psychological disorder and creativity. The work is slanted toward scholars and mental health professionals specifically interested in ‘the growing body of theoretical, clinical, and experimental evidence corroborating a correlation between creative ideation and positive schizotypy,’ an idea sustained through the centuries since Plato’s era. […] Anyone deeply interested in the veracity of links between creative genius and psychological disorders will deem this well-written study stimulating and encouraging and find the symbolically related illustrations by the author (and other artists) fascinating.”
Kate Robinson, The US Review of Books
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