The Secrets of the Creative Brain in the July/August 2014 issue of The Atlantic by Nancy C. Andreason, could have the effect of reinforcing the widely circulating idea that you have to be slightly mad to be a creative genius. Even this 1971 image of writer Kurt Vonnegut –his family has a history of mental illness — with Hollywood producer Mark Robson, manifests (for me) a mad genius aura with its bizarre background arrangement of stuffed wild animals, totem pole, dart board (??) and Gothic windows. Whose bedroom might this be? The concluding sentence of Andreason’s article brings important balance to this topic:
Some people see things others cannot, and they are right, and we call them creative geniuses.
Some people see things others cannot, and they are wrong, and we call them mentally ill.
And some people, like John Nash, are both.