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Title: 
Reviewing the link between creativity and madness: A postmodern perspective
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Keywords: 
Creativity
Genius
Madness
Mental illness
Psychotic behavior
Postmodernism
Issue Date: 
Oct-2006
Citation: 
Koh, C. (2006). Reviewing the link between creativity and madness: A postmodern perspective. Educational Research and Reviews, 1(7), 213-221.
Abstract: 
Researchers on creativity and psychology have long been fascinated with the high incidence of
psychotic behavior amongst geniuses and individuals of exceptional creativity. The aims of this paper
are first, to review the existing findings for a better insight into the socio-contextual factors
underpinning the mad genius conundrum, and secondly, to discuss how the development of
postmodern thoughts and beliefs have influenced our perception and understanding of the emotional
fabric of highly creative, though mentally-ill individuals. While one cannot ignore the substantial body
of evidence in support of the relationship between genius and madness, it is likely that many of the
factors inducing psychosis in geniuses are no different from those achieving the same effects in
ordinary people. Furthermore, the unique features of post-modern times may have contributed to
erasing the fine line between creativity and insanity, in ways that would not have been possible a
century earlier.
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ISSN: 
1990-3839
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