Fiction writers are 10 times more likely to be bipolar. In poets it’s 40 times more likely.
Why bipolar? Research shows the highs help produce new ideas:
What about the lows? Obsessively thinking about things is connected to depression but it’s also correlated with creativity:
This rumination/perseverance connection is a double edged sword for creative people:
Should we be afraid of creative people? Are they crazy psychopaths?
Quite the opposite. Psychopaths are actually more prevalent in corporate America:
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This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.