The World Health Organization estimates that over 121 million
people worldwide suffer from some form of depression.
It is one of the world’s most common mental disorders
and with 30 percent of suffers attempting suicide.
I’m not lying when I say the depression kills.
Creative types have been proving to be the group most affected by this disorder
with people such as Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and Michael Angelo all been affected.
Is this due to nothing but their unique thought processes
or could it be something else?
It has been proven that as a species
human beings are drawn to those with whom we share ideas
and have similar thoughts with.
Studies have shown this time and time again such as a newcomes 1956
experiment where he found that man like their housemates more
if they had similar attitudes about sex, family and politics.
This is because people enjoy feeling validated or impressed
when others have the same taste as them
and find it’s easier to talk to those with the same interests.
So It is reasonable to assume that if person is unable to find
someone with the similar thought process to them.
They will be come lonely and may end up suffering from depression.
Creative people have the most unique of minds
and therefore we can draw the conclusion that
as cliched as its sounds no one understands them.
However, Newcomes study was flawed in many ways.
It’s gender bias and small sample size of 17,
means that it can’t be generalize to the entire population,
and It fails to explore deeper levels of thought.
This means whiles people may be more agreeable when they have the same views.
It doesn’t mean those with the different views are shunned from society.
So what does cause such levels of depression
in the more creative have of the population.
Akinola and Mendes in 2008 conducted the study that
look up the role of rejection when they comes to creativity.
Participants were given either positive, negative or no feedback
on a speaking task and then asked to produce a collage.
The participants expose to negative feedback or rejection produced
more creative collages than participant in the control group in the positive feedback group.
This suggests that societal rejection, a particular symptom of depression,
may be responsible for increased creativity.
In other words, depression causes creativity instead of creativity causing depression.
It is crucial to think critically when It comes to the art
in order to reach the optimum capability.
But the problem with overthinking set self-doubt often follows
and with that lower confidence making it easier to slip into depression.
Perhaps the cause of such mental issues with creative people is that
they get to used to judging their own work and slowly begin judging themselves.
I know that I am guilty of doing this
as becomes hard to distinguish between the two.
Especially, when you put so much heart into you’re working on.
It almost becomes a part of you.
Role of the artist is to always dance on the dangerous line
and for many the dance is too hard to keep up.
Do you suffer from the same struggles? Which theory do you support?
Depression causing creativity or creativity causing depression.