Am I Neurotic or Psychotic?

Nature or nurture?

Psychosis or neurosis?

Best to never know

Creatively weird

Crazy is as crazy does

Just comes naturally

Dopamine System in Highly Creative People

Similar to That Seen in Schizophrenics

 “New research shows a possible explanation for the link between mental health and creativity. By studying receptors in the brain, researchers at Karolinska Institute have managed to show that the dopamine system in healthy, highly creative people is similar in some respects to that seen in people with schizophrenia.”

Humph! Is she neurotic or psychotic . . .
too close to call . . .

“High creative skills have been shown to be somewhat more common in people who have mental illness in the family. Creativity is also linked to a slightly higher risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

“Certain psychological traits, such as the ability to make unusual  bizarre associations are also shared by schizophrenics and healthy, highly creative people. And now the correlation between creativity and mental health has scientific backing.”

“We have studied the brain and the dopamine D2 receptors, and have shown that the dopamine system of healthy, highly creative people is similar to that found in people with schizophrenia,” says associate professor Fredrik Ullén from Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, co-author of the study that appears in the journal PLoS ONE.”
“Thinking outside the box might be facilitated by having a somewhat less intact box,” says Dr Ullén about his new findings.”

Read the entire article in Science Daily, click here

Haiku-Heights
prompt, nature

11 thoughts on “Am I Neurotic or Psychotic?

  1. If I’m thinking in the box, I like to have lots of airholes. It’s like colouring inside the lines with the “appropiate” shades choosen. And definitely being “outside” if you ignore the black outlines, and make your trees a lovely shade of purple. I suspect I am both neurotic and psychotic. I have an urge to paint your fish lime green!

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    1. Phylor,
      I already tried to paint the fish different colors and the program wouldn’t save it! So I asked the fish and they said they would rather be alive and common than non-existent and vibrantly hued.

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