Organic Creativity and the Faustian Bargain: Reconciling Opposites

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The aim of this article is to provide the reader, or anyone interested in creativity, a glimpse into the findings of existing psychological and psychiatric literature on manic depression, its occurrence in creative individuals, ways in which it manifests and affects their functioning and creative output (positively and negatively), and the lessons one can draw from these individuals attempts to creatively associate and even reconcile opposite positions. The literature from educational philosophy, psychology and psychiatry is used as a lens to examine mythological, biographical and autobiographical accounts of the lives of creative individuals, particularly frames or episodes of their mind. The construct of “happiness” is deconstructed with didactical implications for education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-128
Number of pages12
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • Herman Hesse
  • Literary analysis
  • Manic depression
  • Mythological analysis
  • Organic creativity
  • Siddhartha


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