You can tell me I’m crazy
Tell me I’m mad
Tell me I’m hazy
a lot or a tad.
because I know psychosis
is just a fad
“The idea that ‘genius’ is just one step removed from ‘madness’ is a venerable one, and psychiatrists and psychologists have spent a great (perhaps an inordinate) amount of time looking for correlations between mental illness and creativity.”
“Now a new British study has examined whether poets exhibit more traits of psychosis than other people.”
“The researchers recruited 294 poets in an anonymous online survey; 92% of them had published their work. On the O-LIFE questionnaire, a self-report measure of psychotic symptoms, the poets scored above average on the “Unusual Experiences”, “Cognitive Disorganization” and “Impulsive Nonconformity” traits.”
You can call me impulsive
Tell me I’m mental
a fig I don’t give
about being a yentl*
Mad genius eludes me
Cognitively disorganized ?
now THAT could be
“Furthermore, poets who described their work as ‘avant-garde’ scored even higher on “Unusual Experiences” and on a questionnaire of mood disorder symptoms.”
“Rates of self-reported mental illnesses were also high
two poets (0.7%) reported schizophrenia, 15 reported bipolar disorder (5.1%), 152 reported depression (51.7%) and 80 reported anxiety disorder (27.2%).
Although actually these percentages are not that much higher than we see in the general population.”
“So it seems as though poets are more prone to psychosis – or at least, they think that they are. All of the traits were self-reported. Could it be that poets, having internalized the ‘mad genius’ archetype, are more prone to describe themselves in those terms?”
Extremely gullible person, one who will believe absolutely anything.