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Fiction writers are 10 times more likely to be bipolar. In poets it’s 40 times more likely.

Via The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human:

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:

ADHD is connected with creativity as well:

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.

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