In Search of the Mad Genius

There is no great genius without some touch of insanity.   Seneca

Are highly creative people more prone to mental illness?   Though examples of "mad geniuses" such as Vincent van Gogh, John Forbes Nash, and Vaslav Nijinsky have been invoked as potential evidence for the genius-madness link, the actual scientific evidence is still scarce despite more than a century of research.  According to James C.  Kaufman in his recently-released book, Creativity and Mental Illness,  the long debate linking creativity and mental illness is largely based on misconceptions about both creativity and madness.   Other researchers are less willling to dismiss the "mad genius" completely however. 

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