Monday, September 08, 2008

Not to toot my own horn, but...

From http://people.howstuffworks.com/mad-genius.htm

Is insanity the secret companion to ­genius? Though we can't very well perform psychological examinations on those who are long dead, that hasn't stopped historians from speculating about the mental conditions of deceased geniuses by interpreting their personal letters, their works and others' accounts. It turns out some of the world's greatest geniuses were quite mad. In fact, some scientists claim that a far greater percentage of creative types (poets, painters, musicians and the like) have been afflicted with bipolar disorder than the general ­population. Some of the world's most renowned creative minds, including writers Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway; composers Irving Berlin and Sergey Rachmaninoff; and painters Paul Gauguin and Jackson Pollock are all believed to have suffered from the illness.

I'm just sayin'. ;)

4 comments:

Renee said...

See, I've been telling you for years that you're a crazy genius! I was right all along ;-)

Nik said...

I'm convinced that we all got a lil bit o crazy in us. It's just that some have been diagnosed, most haven't. ;)

Renee said...

Yeah. And you're more intellectual genius than creative genius... but I guess you could fall into the Hemingway category
:-)

anna said...

Makes sense to me!