Tomorrow is Mad Hatter Day

Favorite line from Alice in Wonderland is when the Mad Hatter is afraid he's crazy.  Alice says, "You're entirely bonkers, but I'll tell you a secret.  All the best people are."   I've read a lot about some really creative people and a great many of them seemed a bit bonkers.  I've read a few articles about highly intelligent people that suggests that the more intelligent a person is, the more their tendancy to have coping issues.  They call it twice gifted. Is there a corrolation between highly creative or highly intelligent people and madness?  We do find many highly intelligent people or incredibly creative people who have trouble communicating with others. Many creative people have been known to be depressed or even have a hard time functioning in society.  Hollywood entertainers are only one modern example, but there have been authors and artists as well.  For example, Vincent van Gogh suffered from mental illness. I, myself, am a bit strange.  I'm fairly creative.  I see things differently than many of my peers.  Always have. I have often wondered if the creativity that caused people see things in a unique way and communicate in a unique way (artwork, poems, stories, theater, etc), was also responsible for them seeing themselves and their place in the world in a unique way that also caused them great grief. What do you think?   ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ If you liked this post, read…Seven Reasons Why YOU Should Sign Up for the Art of Eloquence Newsletter!


  • Art of Eloquence

    For me as well, Maria.

  • Maria Parkinson

    That’s very true for me.

  • Art of Eloquence

    I think, in varying degrees, it describes a great many creative and intelligent people. Reminds me of the TV show Alphas. There’s always a downside to a great gift one has.

  • Carla

    I agree with you. You’re describing my daughter almost perfectly. SIGH While she is wonderful and creative and so lovingly off-beat, she doesn’t deal well with the real world as it often doesn’t accept wonderful, creative and off-beat, lovingly or not. BIG SIGH

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