Madness

Studies find logic lurking in madness
World Science
Many thinkers have suspected there is a fine line between logic and madness. The Spanish artist Salvador Dali saw that line as virtually nonexistent: to him, the two were sides of the same coin, to be fused into a glorious unity in each artwork.
Now, scientists say they have found that the link between insanity and rationality may be more than a fanciful notion.

Successful comedians display symptoms of psychosis, study says
Denis Campbell
Comedians are able to make people laugh because they often display characteristics usually found in people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, research published on Thursday claims.
Their talent to amuse people lies in having unusual personalities and displaying what researchers say are high levels of psychotic characteristics, according to findings which appear to support the widely held belief of a link between madness and creativity.

Why Are Genius and Madness Connected?
Natalie Wolchover
Many of history’s most celebrated creative geniuses were mentally ill, from renowned artists Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo to literary giants Virginia Woolf and Edgar Allan Poe. Today, the fabled connection between genius and madness is no longer merely anecdotal. Mounting research shows these two extremes of the human mind really are linked — and scientists are beginning to understand why.

An Existential Case Study of Madness: Encounters with Divine Affliction
Scott Kiser
This article presents an existential case study of a psychotic episode that the author experienced, focusing particularly on a phenomenological description of the actual process of psychic breakdown and subsequent recovery.
The presentation is a first-person narrative account, followed by an existential analysis of the experience’s value in terms of transformation and meaning creation, as well as a discussion of the existentialist sources in philosophy, psychology, and literature, that have contributed significantly to the author’s psycho-spiritual development.

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