Creative People With Schizophrenia

As devastating as schizophrenia can be, a number of people with the mental illness lead active and creative lives. Some research even indicates the type of thinking that characterizes the disorder can facilitate creativity.

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Coping With Emotional Overload

Judith Orloff, MD. writes:

In my book [“Emotional Freedom”], I emphasize the importance of learning how to stay centered in a stressful, highly emotionally charged world.

Since emotions such as fear, anger, and frustration are energies, you can potentially “catch” them from people without realizing it.

If you tend to be an emotional sponge, it’s vital to know how to avoid taking on an individual’s negative emotions or the free-floating kind in crowds.

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Better At Noticing Subtle Details

A CNN article on sensory processing sensitivity – more commonly referred to as the personality trait of high sensitivity – reports that people with this quality “tended to have more brain activity in the high-order visual processing regions.” – This can help explain why so many highly sensitive people are creative.

Author and coach Cheryl Richardson points out that we all have different levels of sensitivity.

“It’s the fundamental part of us that allows us to be touched by beauty, signs of grace, or intimate moments with others. It is also the mechanism that provides us with an internal warning signal that lets us know when we’re in situations that may be hazardous to our emotional, physical, or spiritual health.”

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