Release The Muse With

Taken from an article in the Independent titled Portrait of The Artist as a Tortured Soul.  I have extracted what I think is the best part but you can read the rest of the article here, which describes various methods of releasing your creativity from hypnotherapy to gurus.

1. Be sure to choose your parents with care. Studies show creative people come from homes in which intellectual and creative pursuits are valued, and they are encouraged to do well at school.

2. Indulge in hero worship as a child. Creative people read voraciously as children and often model themselves after heroes or heroines from books.

3. Fail miserably at school. Paradoxically, many creative people perform poorly at school. Actor Anthony Hopkins has said: "I was a dummy ... I would sit perplexed, drinking ink."

4. Be unhappy.  Nearly all Nobel Prize-winners have come from troubled homes. As Gore Vidal, writes: "Hatred of one parent or the other can make an Ivan the Terrible or a Hemingway: the protective love, however, of two devoted parents can absolutely destroy an artist."

5. Before you reach adulthood, have a loved one die on you. One study suggests that only adolescent delinquents and suicidal depressives have rates of childhood bereavement as high as those of creative people.

6. Become mentally unstable. It is well documented that creative people are more likely than the general population to suffer from illnesses like manic-depressive disorder. Even those who do not suffer from mental illness tend to be more impulsive, depressed, or angry than other people.

7. At all times, be aloof. Overcoming the difficulties that are likely to have beset their childhood often means that creative people are extremely driven and have developed strong self-belief to mask their inner insecurities; this can make them appear arrogant loners.

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