Eminent Creativity, Everyday Creativity, and Health

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Eminent Creativity, Everyday Creativity, and Health brings together key past and present cutting-edge papers in the hot area of creativity and mental health. Included are major papers that have attracted interest in the international press (including the New York Ties, Japan's Asahi Weekly, and New Scientist in England). Other emphases include creativity and unhappy childhoods, coping with adversity, and immune function and health. Nowhere else is all this material available in one place, together with helpful integration and synthesis. For anyone interested in creativity and health, this book offers a one-stop shopping approach.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. I Eminent Creators: Psychological Problems and Creativity 3
1 Creativity and Mental Illness: Prevalence Rates in Writers and Their First-Degree Relatives 7
2 Mood Disorders and Patterns of Creativity in British Writers and Artists 19
3 Creative Achievement and Psychopathology: Comparison Among Professions 33
4 Creativity: Mental Health, and Alcoholism 65
Pt. II Everyday Creators: Psychological Problems and Creativity 97
5 Creativity, Preference for Complexity, and Physical and Mental Illness 99
6 Creativity and Personality: World Association, Origence, and Psychoticism 107
7 Creativity in Manic-Depressive, Cyclothymes, Their Normal Relatives, and Control Subjects 119
8 Mood Swings and Creativity 137
9 Schizotypal and Hypomanic Traits, Creativity, and Psychological Health 157
Pt. III Psychological Health and Creativity 175
10 Disorders of the Pathways Involved in the Creative Process 179
11 The Healing Power of Art: The Case of James Ensor 191
12 The Healing Power of Music: Some Observations on the Semiotic Function of Transitional Objects in Musical Communication 213
13 Creativity and Mental Health in Everyday Life 231
14 Growth from Deficiency Creativity to Being Creativity 247
15 Creativity and Self-Actualization 265
16 Dual Brain, Creativity, and Health 275
17 Disclosure of Traumas and Immune Function: Health Implications for Psychotherapy 287
18 The Creative Thinking and Ego Functioning of Children 303
19 Family Adaptability, Cohesion, and Creativity 325
20 Creativity in Old Age 333
Pt. IV Societal Health and Creativity 357
21 Political Pathology and Societal Creativity 359
22 Societal Creativity: Problems with Pathology 379
23 Four Frames for the Study of Creativity 385
24 The Origin of Creative Achievement: Spontaneity, Responsibility, and Individuals 395
25 Innovation, Illegitimacy, and Individualism 403
26 The Accidental Economist 411
27 Psychological Mediators of the Inverse Pathology-Creativity Effect 419
28 Anabolic and Catabolic Factors in the Creative Process 425
29 Monsieur Appends Reflections 441
Pt. V Integrating Personal Patterns and Societal Possibilities 449
30 The Clash of Social Philosophies and Personalities in the Nuclear Arms Control Debate: A Healthful Dialectic? 451
31 Creative Altruism, Cooperation, and World Peace 463
Pt. VI Evolution of Creativity, Information, and Ourselves 481
32 Conclusions: When Illness Yields Creativity 483
Author Index 541
Subject Index 551
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