Such is the nature of creativity and insanity as autonomous entities, that they’re often vaguely understood or mistaken for one or the other.
Insanity can be defined by extreme acts of irrationality or by a varied spectrum of anti-social behaviour. Creativity is defined as a mental characteristic that allows us to think outside the box, which can then result in innovative approaches to the particular task.
Despite the obvious difference in their definitions, there still often seems to be a fine line between creativity and insanity. In fact, the link between the two has long fascinated the majority of the human race.
Creativity craves for insanity… At least, that’s what’s commonly believed. It’s also been observed that creative people are known to be associated with a higher risk of depression, bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia. Greek philosophers had said that a high level of creativity normally involves progression to a more primitive mental process, and this is a fact that I strongly believe in.
Why, I hear you ask? Because I’m a person who suffers from bi-polar disorder, with all the struggles that it brings to me and my family. When I’m having a manic episode – which consists of an exceptionally elevated energetic mood – creativity and sometimes a bit of insanity hits me big time.
A great man once said that in order to be creative, you require the willingness to cross the line between rational and irrational thoughts. This man was Robin Williams. This was one of the most creative people known to mankind, an actor who gave us films such as Good Will Hunting and Mrs. Doubtfire.
Williams had battled depression and addiction throughout his whole career, until he was diagnosed with bi-polar and manic depression. He was well known for his antics during TV shows and appearances, but no one can forget his great career. He’s been funny, successful, creative and beloved.
So in conclusion, in reality there is no line for you or me, but the bottom line is that in order to be creative, we need to tap into irrationality.