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Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308
Previously published as: A Life in the Day

Online from: 2010

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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On the artistic shaping of delusion in psychosis

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Title:On the artistic shaping of delusion in psychosis
Author(s):Peter Chadwick, (Retired lecturer in abnormal psychology and personality at Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK)
Citation:Peter Chadwick, (2012) "On the artistic shaping of delusion in psychosis", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 1, pp.26 - 30
Keywords:Artistic approaches, Creativity, Delusion, Narratives, Psychosis, Social inclusion
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/20428301211205874 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The paper aims to discuss delusion as a creative experience.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper addresses narrative rendering of delusional thinking in detail and related styles of thought in artists.

Findings – Enhanced creativity during psychosis can be put to productive use in recovery. Artistic cultures may help psychosis sufferers move to a more socially inclusive, consensual view of reality.

Originality/value – The paper emphasises the artistic aspect of psychosis as a counterweight to the “machine aesthetic” of positivistic science and also stresses the importance of spiritual experience to recovery.

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