Creativity and the schizophrenia spectrum: More and more interesting

Authors
Citation
R. Richards, Creativity and the schizophrenia spectrum: More and more interesting, CR RES J, 13(1), 2000, pp. 111-132
Citations number
99
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
CREATIVITY RESEARCH JOURNAL
ISSN journal
1040-0419 → ACNP
Volume
13
Issue
1
Year of publication
2000
Pages
111 - 132
Database
ISI
SICI code
1040-0419(2000)13:1<111:CATSSM>2.0.ZU;2-3
Abstract
There is great promise in the articles from this special issue and their fo cus on schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and creativity. It becomes all the more important, then, to proceed with caution and to do good service to pat ients, their families, and, indeed, to our greater human potential. After a note on the study of bipolar disorders and creativity, I introduce 8 gener al considerations regarding creativity-pathology relations, followed by 8 s pecific points about the theoretical articles on schizophrenia spectrum. I bring in findings from the only empirical article in this set that actually involves participants at risk for schizophrenia, for which I was co-invest igator. It is possible that familial schizophrenic risk carries "creative a dvantages" distinct from (and potentially combinable with) those related to bipolar disorders, advantages that are again broad and valuable in everyda y life and from which we may all learn. However, one must take care to defi ne issues fully, replicate important data, and to not "throw out the baby w ith the bath wafer " by creating artificial either-or situations between sc hizophrenia-spectrum and bipolar-spectrum disorders. There may be new world s that await us in situations we are only beginning to understand.