Monday, August 3, 2015

Quoted: Kay Redfield Jamison on genius and madness

What is to be made of the tendency to deny a link between psychopathy and genius, to regard bizarre -- and occasionally dangerous -- behavior as somehow normal if it occurs in writers and artists? Is it simply an admirable tolerance for deviant and eccentric behavior if it occurs in individuals who are, bu definition, already far from the normal temperament and intellectual standards of human society? Or does it reflect a belief that artists may just be fulfilling society's and their own expectations that they ought to be a "tormented genius?" -- Kay Redfield Jamison from Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament