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Creativity and Insanity More Alike Than You Think

September 22, 2005 | 16,264 views

There is a common notion that there is only a fine line between creativity and insanity. A small group of people known as schizotypes may essentially live on that line.

Between Genius and Madness

Schizotypes fall in the midpoint between sanity and insanity. They do not suffer most of the symptoms of schizophrenia, such as paranoia and hallucinations, but they often exhibit both eccentricities and enhanced creativity. A new study confirms that both may come from their using more of the right side of the brain than the rest of us.

Scanning Your Brain

The link between creativity and aberrant behavior has generally been based on anecdotal evidence. The new study used brain-imaging techniques to investigate the creative process in an experimental manner, with "creativity" being defined as the ability to generate something new and useful from pre-existing materials or ideas.

The researchers compared the creative thinking processes of schizotypes, schizophrenics, and normal control subjects.

Schizotypes Used Their Right Brain More

Scans showed that both sides of the brain in all three types were active when making novel associations. But in schizotypes, the activity in the right hemisphere was much higher when compared to the control subjects, and they also came up with a wider variety of creative ideas.

It was theorized that schizotypes may have more access to the right hemisphere of the brain, or that they may exhibit more efficient communication between the two hemispheres.


Dr. Mercola's Comments:

It is amazing how much of the forward progress made in history has been by people who weren't conventional, but rather thought in odd, new ways.

That has to be the case, doesn't it? If they didn't think in different ways, they wouldn't have come up with different ideas -- even though that probably made them seem somewhat off-kilter to those around them.

New ideas in our culture typically follow a familiar pattern. They are usually:

  • First derided
  • Then attacked
  • Then finally accepted

I have been working iconoclastically to overthrow popular modern American medical concepts for many years now and am VERY familiar with the process. Can't tell you how many thousands of people have labeled me as a quack only to have the same people years later recant and confirm that the ideas I was teaching were indeed true.

Always be careful to think for yourself and check out new ideas when you hear about them. Many of the practices of "alternative" medicine that used to be viewed as fringe or crackpot are now accepted as common sense, and many more that are still viewed as fringe or crackpot are, frankly, better for your health than conventional medicine.

Whenever you hear about a new, odd-sounding idea, think for yourself, don't blindly accept it. Take the time to thoroughly examine, investigate and determine the truth as best you can.

Believe me, it is FAR easier to do this now than it used to be. With the Internet and a bit of time, in a matter of a few hours you can become more knowledgeable in a topic that 10 years ago would have taken a person months to achieve.

We are in the middle of a massive paradigm shift and most of us don't recognize it. You have access to incredible power and tools that only a few years ago even the wealthiest and smartest people on the planet would have been envious of.


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