Vol. 46, No. 1, Feature: Michael McCarthy
Many assume that mental illness somehow liberates one’s mind from inhibitions and makes creating art easier. Their misconception embraces the idea that the sane mind has a filter making creativity more difficult. The “madman as artistic genius” is a romantic notion based on fiction, not reality. What I often see is extreme self-consciousness, self-doubt, perfectionism, a self-perception of lacking creativity and skill. Mental illness is not a creative savior. It is more likely to provoke fatigue and insecurity than inspiration and freedom.
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