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Trauma and Creativity

Creativity is intelligence having fun according to Einstein. Teedi likes to explore that creativity in different areas

The dark is beautiful sometimes even more than the lights after all they can be blinding.

There is a reason why poets write more on the night and stars even more than the day time. Or even about being sad and feeling pain than writing on happiness.

Every success story has an element of pain as well as strength. It always sounds like the typical story of the phoenix rising from the ashes.

While pain can be for others a huge stumbling block, it serves as a fire some people need to push even harder.

Creatives most especially those found in the arts that make the best melodies, paintings, stories or even write the best lyrics ever have some sort of painful past either through abuse or disability. We can see this with John Lennon, Nicki Minaj, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Ernest Hemingway, Vincent Van Gogh, Beethoven, Frida Kahlo, as well as Maya Angelou


It is most common for people with emotional problems to go into creative careers as it serves as therapy for them such as music therapy.

This is because it serves as a way of an effective outlet for all that accumulated pain as well as a distraction from the intensity of the thoughts.

I personally believe that the best creative minds have simply had the opportunity of going through hell for the sole purpose of creating heaven in their minds and presenting it to the world as solace.

This way it seems like they understand the pain everyone goes through and are able to give them a place to finally feel like someone actually understands without them having even said a word. After all isn’t that what most of us search for?

How Trauma Changes a Person

‘Fire refines gold’ is something we hear especially when we seek for help in our troubled times as a reminder to hold on and it would be fine. Well for creatives who have gone through trauma, it can be said their furnace is much hotter.

Trauma especially for children can be seen to make a person mature even more rapidly for the very fact that it changes your perspective and how one sees the world.

One begins to read into things more deeply and analyze even to the point of overthinking while this can be a disadvantage to a person, it can also be an advantage as well


An advantage lies in the fact that as one deeply searches every part of life for understanding of why it works that way and why it could fail.

This search can somehow be redirected to one’s self to understand why some things have happened and rebuild the perspective to understand that it was all a push or force that propelled them into the creative state they occupy at the moment.

Life tears you apart but just like kintsukoroi(a Japanese art of fixing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with powdered gold, silver or platinum) you get fixed and shine through your cracks as well

In the state of trauma, one enters an isolated state where one’s guard is always up.

While it could be detrimental for most resulting in self-esteem issues, insecurity, fear of the unknown among other things it could be the birthplace of a creative.

In this very state of isolation does one begin to pick up on the idea of fantasy, it’s like the clocks reverse and you are a child once again thinking all about new worlds and imaginary places giving birth to a vision one can decide to pursue.


Science in Studying Trauma

A study at the University of California tried to study the link between trauma and creativity and came up with the results that confirmed those who undergo abuse are fantasy prone and in that space of the mind find a way to activate their creative ability to a great extent.

From fantasy, a vision is usually picked up by the victim who is then worked upon in reality that serves as an even better alternative to daydreaming and fantasy for distraction.

In the constant and consistent implementation of this vision, the creative process may be heightened and intensified.

The heightening of such creative abilities in survivors can create a more intense creative experience for them; seeming almost spiritual, mystical or even otherworldly.


Creativity isn’t the only way healing of trauma can be achieved.

Other people have different coping mechanisms such as cognitive support where survivors help other victims find hope just like they have.

Social relationships whereby one fixes the flaws in their relationships and are able to create a loyal community who can stand for a vision like theirs or even through belief systems where one can choose to share their faith which served as a solace to them before.

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