Someone just asked me (again) why I doodle. Trying to think very hard, or pretending to look like I can think very hard, I said “well so that I can tell people that I am an artist”. I kinda like that answer. I think I will adopt that as my official response. The actual reason, if you are interested, is really boring…I doodle just because I like it.
“It’s tough to associate creativity with mental illness because obviously if you’re very ill, it gets in the way. … But one of the theories now is that the terrible swings of the mental illness – of bipolar depression – you get these manic highs, these euphorias, where the ideas just pour out of you. And you need to write them down. That’s followed by this dismal low period when maybe you’re a better editor. Maybe it’s easier for you to focus and refine those epiphanies into a perfect form. … The thinking is maybe the correlation exists because the swings of mental illness echo the natural swings of the creative process.”—
At PopTech 2009, Jonah Lehrer, the best-selling author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist, noted that, paradoxically, lacking expertise on a subject can be an asset. “It’s what allows us to see the connections, to see the problems that no one else can see.” Lehrer’s lastest book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, was released on Monday, March 19th.