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Online from: 2010
Subject Area: Health and Social Care
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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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