By Jose Guimon
Paintings and insanity deals a severe evaluation of present theories at the dating among inventive creativity and the psychiatric disturbances which can desire this creativity, the psychodynamic mechanisms proposed by means of psychoanalysts to give an explanation for creativity, and the psychosociological elements that play a task in creativity
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Durruzoi, 1978) later remarked on his uninhibited behavior: “It is rather sad for a housekeeper to have to watch as a guest noisily swallows his food, cuts it up on the tablecloth, belches happily, spits on PSYCHOTIC EXPERIENCES 49 the ﬂoor and, before the end of the meal, kneels on the ﬂoor to recite psalms” [Translated for this publication]. He went from asylum to asylum until 1946 when Breton, who had just come back from Mexico, decided to have him released from the Sainte-Anne asylum. Before he did this, in an obvious gesture of contradiction in someone who had always spoken out against any form of psychiatric conﬁnement, Breton asked his friend Professor Ajuriaguerra whether it would not be dangerous to take him out of the asylum.
However, serious research (Richards,1994) supports the idea that a peculiar cognitive style exists as a “trait” characteristic of a predisposition to creativity. The conclusion has eventually been reached that there is no evidence that eliminating the rules of logic will lead to the emergence of something original, as the surrealists sought to show with automatic writing and painting. I nevertheless agree with Weisberg (1994) that creative thought is more abundant when the rules of logic judgment are followed.
His compositions, however, mainly fell into oblivion as they were almost never considered as exceptional. Example 7. Felix Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn was also a child prodigy in terms of both music and academic talent. In fact, two compositions from PSYCHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS 27 his adolescence are now considered to be masterpieces. However, although he had a fabulous career crowned with success, both as a composer and as conductor, he is currently considered a second-rate composer who lost the genius of his youth.
Art and madness by Jose Guimon