Strong innovation, striking originality, and prolonged gestation periods can all generate feelings of anxiety. (photo: publicdomainpictures.net)
Creativity Can Cause Anxiety
Creativity involves a thought that goes beyond the generally accepted, provokes anxiety in others and tests the security of one’s own perceptions. – Peter Lomas in Cultivating Intuition
Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. – T. S. Eliot
These quotes may explain why so many great creators show signs of psychological stress. Depression is famously common among writers, for example. However, this is not to say that mental disorder is necessary for creativity to flourish.
Artists must develop over time, and they do this by examining and exploring the implications and ramifications of their personal vision of existence. In other words, they explore their philosophy of life. When the artist combines this activity with their view of a particular branch of the arts, what emerges is their artistic vision; the artist’s preferred subject matter and style. The combination is sometimes so unique that the artist’s works, whatever they may be, are instantly recognizable.
Many creators hold their personal artistic vision with religious zeal. (Image: public domain)