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That creative thing

So I was reading over some stuff on sensitivity and came upon this part that basically said that all anxiety sufferers share this high level of "creative intellect". I dunno about that exactly. LOL...I'll be damned if i'll hold a paint brush in the middle of a panic attack. But I did a google seach on anxiety and creativity anyway and found another interesting article. Here's a giant quote from it:
" "Creativity comes from this refusal to run, this willing encounter with anxiety and what lies beyond it. It is an opening up to the unknown, the unconscious, the daimonic. And it can be terrifying. The real trick is learning to use the anxiety to work rather than escape. And all of this requires immense courage, the courage to create.

"So anxiety stems from conflict -- either inner or outer conflict -- and creativity is an attempt to constructively resolve that conflict. Why do people create? We create because we seek to give some formal expression to inner experience. Certainly, that inner experience is sometimes joy, peace, tranquility, love, etc. We wish to share that experience with our fellow human beings."

But, he continues, human nature being what it is, "more often the inner experience is conflict, confusion, anxiety, anger, rage, lust, and so forth. So this is what fuels and informs the bulk of creative work, and it is what gives it its resonance, intensity, and cutting edge."

Anxiety not only motivates most creative activity, Diamond notes, "it inevitably accompanies the process. This is because in order to be creative -- to bring something new into being, something unique, original, revolutionary -- one must take risks: the risk of making a fool of oneself; the risk of being laughed at; the risk of failing; the risk of being rejected."

This is the reason "true creativity" requires so much courage, he explains. "One can never know the outcome of the process at the outset. Yet, one is putting oneself on the line, fully committing oneself to the uncertain project. Hence, one is plagued by the demons of doubt, discouragement, despair, trepidation, intimidation, guilt, and so on. Who wouldn't feel anxious?

"Nonetheless, it is during this process -- once we have decided unequivocally to throw ourselves fully into it, for better or worse, to completely commit to it -- that there can be moments of lucidity, clarity, passionate intensity that transcend all petty concerns.

"It is then -- when we stop worrying about what others will think, when we stop trying so hard, when we relinquish ego control and surrender to the daimonic, when we relax or play -- that what Jung termed the 'transcendent function' kicks in, and the conflict is resolved, the problem is solved, the creative answer revealed."

So this kind of alliance with the daimonic aspect of our selves is of profound value. As Diamond writes in his book: "By bravely voicing our inner 'demons' -- symbolizing those tendencies in us that we most fear, flee from, and hence, are obsessed or haunted by -- we transmute them into helpful allies, in the form of newly liberated, life-giving psychic energy, for use in constructive activity.

"During this alchemical activity, we come to discover the surprising paradox that many artists perceive: That which we had previously run from and rejected turns out to be the redemptive source of vitality, creativity, and authentic spirituality."

*scampers off to listen to Beethoven's 9th, roll around in the mud, make nachos, babble nonsensically and laugh at himself, and somehow sleep*
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6 years, 10 months ago
Honestly, I only half-agree with what this person is saying.  I mean, sure, creating something with the intention of showing it to other people is bound to make someone feel anxious and such.  Still, I always just figured that creativity existed because there were just some ideas that people just weren't capable of keeping in their thoughts.  Hell, what about the times the artist does little scribbles, find a recognizable image amidst the scribbles, then actually guide his hand in a way to bring that image into existence?  That kind of artistry is a lot more free-flowing and probably less anxiety-inducing than simply grabbing an idea you had and starting with a blank sheet of paper.  I mean, at that point, you've already started out making the lines on the paper, so you've overcome that initial mental barrier.
6 years, 10 months ago
Oh no... not anxiety!!! D8 *hides behind couch*
wait... that's no couch... that's a <insert amusing cliche here>! D8

I should really draw more though, instead of procrastinating so much. Damned real world X3
6 years, 10 months ago
The way I'm able to relate is from a guitar playing perspective. During certain times of anxiety I can set up my guitar gear, plug my guitar in, turn on the amp, distortion pedal and EQ pedal and cut loose. I find that I am able to crank out Black Metal riffs even faster during those times than at regular times. This is of course due to the high adrenaline flow that anxiety provides.  
6 years, 10 months ago
This is interesting, and very deep, Looq. Ain't psychology fun?   :D
6 years, 10 months ago
Interesting article! I wonder what they would say about an anxiety attack during nicotine withdrawal (which also adds to anxiety).

But! Bright note! This is day five! I'm finally kicking the crap out of this.

And if I had read anyone's journals during this time, I'd have probably ran out and rolled in the mud with you ^-^
6 years, 10 months ago
First thought at the start: Oh, sounds a lot like the stereotypical Indo-European counterpart to the belligerent male role model: Sensitive, emotional, creative, and cowardly. Basically, those attributes traditionally applied in the West to both females and gays.

Second thought: Oh, Diamond reads out the common list of the eternal themes that all stories are about and that make our cultural archetypes click with everybody: "conflict, confusion, anxiety, anger, rage, lust, and so forth".

Third thought: Oh, Diamond is a fan of Jung. Really gotta catch up on Jung! Jung's valuable reading as long as you realize he's talking about Western culture, not nature as he presumed.

Final thought: Creativity and what's inside of people shouldn't be interpreted as negatively as "demons" which is a term ultimately regarded as negative in modern English. Further above, the correct etymological spelling of daimon is employed, which is Greek for ''messenger'', especially a divine messenger aka angel. Daimonion is how Socrate called his inner voice which was like his conscious about philosophical and ethical matters, an inner guide, like a little spirit, guardian angel, or most of all, his "gut feelings" about a thing. Pretty much like you see it in cartoons where a little devil or angel is standing on someone's shoulder and whispering into their ears.

For example, Socrate's daimonion is what made him ask people all those questions about seemingly everyday things and customs, which is known as Socratic method nowadays where you'll make people learn by asking them questions about things they think they know. But his daimonion also forbade Socrate to plead guilty or beg for mercy during his trial where he was sentenced to death, and it also did not allow him to escape from prison when it was offered to him.
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