November 30, 2005

Artists: more sex but shared schizophrenia traits

A survey conducted by psychologists from Newcastle University and the Open University (both in the UK) suggests that creative people share several key traits with schizophrenia sufferers. The most sensationalist outcome of the study is evidence that artistic people are twice as sexually active as the norm.

However, the study makes the serious point that the inclusion of schizophrenia traits within the artistic personality, and the corresponding genetic pattern, may explain why the full-blown disease persists despite the evolutionary argument that schizophrenia's negative impact on relationships and reproduction would eliminate the disease from the gene pool.

Source: The Guardian (UK Newspaper)

For more information see:
Creativity Linked to Sexual Success and Schizophrenia


I have an objection to this article! I have schizophrenia and I do not have sex often. And the deal about eliminating schizophrenia from the gene pool how can you see that possible when no one in my family besides me has ever had a problem of psycosis. So really you can not eliminate things like that. 1 in every one hundred people is diagnosed of this problem: that does not mean that someone in their familys history ever had a problem. I know people who has this problem who have had children who has not developed this or any kind of problems. So is this article stating basically that people with problems should be sterlized? If so, Are you some kind of person like hitler. I need to make what you write clear so what are you saying here?

Posted by: LP at March 9, 2006 07:40 PM

This is a very good article to explain the effects schizophrenia has on people. One thing that I noticed that you failed to mention, however is the effect that eating has on schizophrenics. Especially the effects of greasy foods like bacon and sausage. Mostly breakfast foods. I hope next time you will remember to add this. Thank you.

Posted by: Dr. Jimmy Dean at March 23, 2006 09:18 AM

Speaking of sterilization -- many people don't realize it was NOT Hitler in Germany who FIRST sterilized mentally ill, disabled, and "feeble-minded" people. By 1924, approximately 3,000 people had been involuntarily sterilized in AMERICA. Forced sterilization was sustained in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1927 and the laws were not abolished until the mid-20th century. In 1934, Western State Hospital (Staunton, Va.) director Joseph DeJarnette complained, “Hitler is beating us at our own game.” By 1945, over 45,000 mentally ill individuals in the United States had been forcibly sterilized.

Text books also don't teach that: Plato believed human reproduction should be controlled by government, and
Alexander Graham Bell and Winston Churchill were also advocates of eugenics.

Schizophrenia, sex and arts: I am schizophrenic and I'm creative. I have been writing before I could read (orally, to my little blue elephant when I was five). I paint, love music. But ... sex ... of any sort ... maybe once a year. And if you weren't "sexually dysfunctional" before, you probably will be after some time of antipsychotic use/force. Along with nerve problems, sleeping problems, ... It's lobotomy and eugenics in a pill. Yeah, I'm sterile now. The United States, in addition to other countries, has been systematically torturing its vulnerable people since the beginning, as far as bringing in 600 NAZI "mind scientists" to experiment on U.S. citizens (Project MK-ULTRA; Project Paperclip, authorized by Pres. Truman).

Also, I think the whole sex and arts thing depends on your symptoms. People, especially doctors, should not lump all schizophrenics together.

God bless.

Posted by: MayKilby at August 5, 2007 12:19 AM

Ive noticed that the longer I go without sex, the crazzzier! I get...My personal theory is that the "body" poisens the mind....Im not sure if I'm really schizoid, YET?

Posted by: Richard at April 7, 2008 06:28 PM

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