Sunday, November 06, 2005

Neurotic and disagreeable?

Why artists are rebels

Creative types are more prone to psychosis and rebellion, a study has found.

University of Melbourne researcher Karen Hendricks tested artists and non-artists and found creative people were also more predisposed to mental illness, even though they may never become unwell.

Dr Hendricks found that writers scored highest on most personality disorder scales and were also more likely to be neurotic and disagreeable.

Performance artists scored highest on the narcissism personality scale.

"The healthy rebellion aspect involves things like questioning social conventions and being open to new or radical ideas," she said. And the psychosis processes were

"a driving force for creativity".
Source: The Sun-Herald


  • I always knew I should have been an artist. It's the straight jacket that makes it hard.

    By Anonymous JtH, at 8:07 am  

  • I disagree. I don't think it's the personality, it's the job. Seriously.

    By Anonymous moff, at 9:27 am  

  • Could be Moff, I'm not sure. Perhaps the two go hand in hand?

    By Blogger Johnno, at 10:01 am  

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