Jungian Analyst David Pressault discusses inspiration and creativity at our April event and workshop. We asked David why is it that inspiration and creativity are often associated with madness? (Think Vincent Van Gogh, Frankenstein etc.) Where does the “tortured soul” artist figure come from? Why are artists often portrayed as volatile, troubled geniuses?

David suggested this excellent Ted Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, as a good overview of the topic.

Gilbert asks: “What is it specifically about creative ventures that seems to make us really nervous about each others mental health…?”

She muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

What do you think? Leave your comments below!

 

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