There is a connection between creativity and madness. Artists are mad men who are somehow able to domesticate their madness towards useful ends.
"We might say that both the artist and the neurotic bite off more than they can chew, but the artist spews it back out again and chews it over in an objectified way, as an external, active, work project..."
- Ernest Becker
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