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Neurosis as protective factor

Men and women who are creatively gifted are characterized by a susceptibility to meant illness which is grater than average, but which does not necessarily lead to actual breakdown because creative powers are to some extent protective against mental illness. Experimental psychology lends some support to this hypothesis. It has been demonstrated that creative people exhibit more neurotic traits that the average person, but are also better equipped that most people to deal with their neurotic problems. It has also been shown that some of the psychological characteristics which are inherited as part of the predisposition to schizophrenia are divergent, loosely associative styles of thinking which, when normal, are creative, but which, when out of control are transformed into the thought disorder typical of schizophrenia.

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