Sometimes the planets align favorably. Muse is dropping their new CD today, and advanced reviews are stellar. Mitchell was finally eliminated from Project Runway. Therese and I are going to the Idols Live! concert tonight for an evening of cheesy fun (and I’ll be able to see my t.v. boyfriend Adam Lambert kill Led Zep). Yesterday, I delivered a solid sample for an upcoming WP project (I’ll let you guys know the full details if I snag it). And CONFESSIONS OF A FIRST DAUGHTER has sold out in all my local bookstores.
I try to be a glass-half-full type of person, but it goes against my wiring. Cynical nature aside, I’m in a pretty good mood these days, despite my community being gripped by swine flu panic and some harsh layoffs.
One benefit is that my good mood is leading to an explosion of ideas. I can’t seem to stop scribbling loglines for my idea folder. Surely I’ll look back on September 2009 as my personal Elizabethan Age.
This is the opposite of what researchers are calling “depressive reflectiveness”, where people who are subject to mood disorders are also more highly creative than people who are less moody (click the link; the whole article is fascinating).
The research of Verhaeghen and colleagues shows when people are in a reflective mode, they may become more creative, depressed, or both. Previous research shows that when people are in a ruminating mode, they are more likely to be depressed, he said.
“If you think about stuff in your life and you start thinking about it again, and again, and again, and you kind of spiral away in this continuous rumination about what’s happening to you and to the world — people who do that are at risk for depression,” he said.
Verhaeghen, who is also a novelist and describes himself as a “somewhat mood disordered person,” had a particular interest in the connection between creativity and this ruminating state of mind.
I’ve always thought there was something valid in the notion of the tortured artist, that madness and genuis march side by side. But when I’m in a bad mood, I shut down. I can’t think for crap. My focus is finding some chocolate or a cocktail and chilling.
Are you more creative when you are in a good mood, or a bad one? Does being in a “reflective mood” enhance your creativity? Or kill it?
As for me, I’m going to try and ride my good mood pony for as long as she wants to go.