Creativity and mental well being

I don’t normally post anything but fiction, but this lecture was so interesting and thought-provoking, that it seems worth sharing with other people involved or interested in creativeness.

So. today, I found myself in the Grand Hotel in Leicester at the public bit of a conference for  the British Psychological Society, listening to the very engaging Dr Martin Milton talking about courage, creativity and well-being.

Much of his lecture was aimed at the professionals in his audience, but there were some really useful ideas for writers and aspiring writers.


  1. Its only in the face of risk that we can show courage and creativity and risk allows us to also witness others acts of courage and creativity. If we live risk free, we also live free of these moments.
  2. Creativity is a key element on a pathway to well-being
  3. As a culture, we are oddly averse to the risks in creativity, we are likely to cite Munch, Van Gogh, Plath as evidence that creativity may make us mad
  4. If people suggest that they may want to be creative, we are likely to focus on the possible failure in such a path, the possible risk involved, rather than the pleasure that such creativity can bring
  5. To be creative, we need to :
  • Dare to dream
  • Create based on our difference
  • Move beyond the rational and embrace the counter intuitive
  • Loose the attachment to what we know
  • Embrace failure
  • Be interested in the elusive.



About cathi rae

50ish teacher & aspiring writer and parent of a stroppy teenager and carer for a confused bedlington terrier and a small selection of horses who fail to shar emy dressage ambitions. Interested in contemporary fiction but find myself returning to PG Wodehouse when the chips are down View all posts by cathi rae

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