Creativity, Evolution and Mental Illnesses.

Preti, Antonio and Miotto, Paola (1997) Creativity, Evolution and Mental Illnesses. [Newspaper/Magazine Article]

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Mental representations, or memes, transform the space in which they evolve. Their survival is dependent on the survival of the individuals and the groups hosting them. Creativity - the production of new and useful ideas - is closely linked to the social dynamics of the individuals expressing creative ideas: without social confrontation new memes cannot become diffuse. Creative individuals tend to be emotionally unstable, and many are affected by mental disorders. Studies on the link between creativity and mental illnesses show that it is exactly the characteristics of the mental disorder which also confer some advantage on afflicted individuals. These advantages extend to the groups to which the creative, mentally ill individuals belong. The group comprising the most creative personalities will therefore acquire an adaptive advantage which maintains the integrity of the group as a whole, in spite of the vulnerability of the individual.

Item Type:Newspaper/Magazine Article
Keywords:creativity, evolution, meme, mental representation, mental disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, natural selection, information processing
Subjects:Psychology > Clinical Psychology
ID Code:2009
Deposited By: Preti, Antonio
Deposited On:10 Jan 2002
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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