Comparing ourselves to others may erode how we appreciate our own qualities.
Norman Rockwell’s oil painting “Girl at Mirror” was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on March 6, 1954.
An article made comments that relate to the possible reactions we have when comparing ourselves:
“Two oppositional interpretations are provided here, one in which the girl struggles with a societal image of…
Ocean Robbins and his father John are examples of transformational authors, and give tips on writing and developing creativity.
“Then for ten minutes, write stream of consciousness style, without letting your pen leave the paper except to move to a new letter, on the topic you selected. Don’t censor, don’t edit, and don’t stop…”
The tone of many responses to the death of Robin Williams support the insidious “Crazy Artist” mythology: that artistic creativity depends on mental disorder.
But, as psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman commented, his “comedic genius was a result of many factors, including his compassion, playfulness, divergent thinking, imagination, intelligence, affective repertoire, and unique life experiences. In contrast, his suicide was strongly influenced by his mental illness. This romanticism of mental illness needs to stop.”
Being creative and realizing our talents involves self-awareness and respecting who we really are, including our unconscious depths.
In an interview about one of her films, Jodie Foster
commented, “When you’re a dramatic actor you look for films that hit you in the gut, in this unconscious place that really moves you.”
This romanticism of mental illness needs to stop.
James Thurman Webb, PhD commented in a Facebook post about Robin Williams: “I have no doubt that he was a highly gifted man who struggled with existential depression. His intensity, sensitivity, and search for life meaning, characteristic of so many gifted people, permeated his life.”
Intensity was an almost defining quality of Williams (and many gifted artists and other people). Polish Psychiatrist and Psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski defined this intensity as overexcitability: an abundance of physical, sensual, creative, intellectual and emotional energy. As Dr. Webb and others have pointed out, intensity and other characteristics of giftedness may be misinterpreted as pathology.
One of my articles: What do you do with your intensity? [which links to a number of related articles] http://talentdevelop.com/2475/what-do-you-do-with-your-intensity/
Scarlett Johansson: “Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so sensitive.” //
Nicole Kidman: “Most actors are highly sensitive people.” //
Taye Diggs says he has been acting for as long as he has been shy.