In her article Creativity, the Arts, and Madness, Maureen Neihart, Psy.D. notes,
“There are numerous examples of artists who used their work to save their minds.
“For example, Anne Sexton [photo], who was institutionalized for her psychosis wrote, ‘Poetry led me by the hand out of madness’ and Jackson Pollock’s large canvas drippings have been viewed by several investigators as an attempt to organize his chaotic inner life.
“A basic premise of the expressive therapies (e.g. art, music, and dance therapy, etc.) is that writing, composing, or drawing, etc., is a means to self-understanding, emotional stability and resolution of conflict.
“Creativity provides a way to structure or reframe pain. This, perhaps, is what much good comedy is about.”
Gifted and creative people “can cope, heal and transform their perceived deep defects into their greatest gifts which, in the end, will enable them to make a unique, creative contribution to the world.”
Therapist Sharon M. Barnes works with creative, sensitive, intense, intelligent people.
Her site explains her digital download program:
We designed the CASIGY™ (Creative, Acutely Aware, Super-Sensitive, Intense and/or Gifted You-s) Social-Emotional ACES Home Video Program™ to help you become ACES, that is, skilled experts in the Social-Emotional arena.
You’ll learn to ride the intense waves of emotion in your life, instead of being pulled under by them.
And if you have creative, sensitive or gifted children at home or in the classroom, it’s also designed to help them ride their waves of emotion instead of being flooded by them.
It will also reduce or eliminate their having an emotional volcanic eruption right beside you.
The CASIGY Social-Emotional ACES Home Video Program is a 7-week, interactive video-based training program for Creative, Highly Sensitive or Gifted adults, and for parents and teachers of Highly Creative, Highly Sensitive, and/or Gifted children and teens.
Emotional health for creative, gifted, highly sensitive people
Learn more at the site: Social & Emotional Empowerment Program