I’m a little nuts. Ask anyone. My children will quickly stipulate their old man is goofy. If I had more money, you would say I am eccentric. But nuts will have to do.
Most of my friends are nutty, too. Crazy. But not quite psychotic. Or so we hope.
We’re in good company: Einstein, Salvador Dali, Tony Hancock, and Beach Boy Brian Wilson – all head cases. Creative minds in all fields share traits associated with psychosis.
And that isn’t all bad. After all, mental illnesses have been around for thousands of years. Must be some reason why, evolution being what it is.
Yup. New research hints there are survival benefits to being a little daft. We now know that different forms of creativity spawn from different weird turns. Problem is, there is no clear, bright line between milder forms of psychosis and debilitating mental illness.
Some of my friends argue that it’s the “normal people” who are crazy.
Here’s the funny thing: crazy creative people can make a lot of money. Ross Perot comes to mind. A new study in Texas (where else?) quantifies how important crazy people are to the state. By 2016, one in 12 Texans will be crazy, err creative. Packing, too.
The logic herewith is a little tortured (remember, I’m crazy). But it should help you understand Gov. Rick Perry a little better.