by Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC
Many people have learned to use their creative thoughts and behavior to resolve any frustration or unhappiness that comes their way. They use their creativity to overcome their sadness and depression, anxiety, anger, and to deal with important people in their lives that matter to them. There are also those who use their creativity to resolve conflict with others in ways that may only slightly ease their unhappiness and frustration but cause other problems in doing so. We see these behaviors manifested in such ways that are being called, Obsessive Compulsive, relying and becoming addicted to drugs/alcohol, anxiety attacks, mood swings (Bipolar), and other behaviors that seem unusual or “crazy” to anyone who witnesses these behaviors. Others don’t often see what another person is facing with their frustration and unhappiness. Nor do they understand that the person’s odd or unusual behavior is serving the purpose of easing that frustration and unhappiness, even if it is only slightly, and created as a result of their “Creativity.” You can hammer a nail with just about any other hard object if you don’t have a hammer. Using something other than a hammer is a person’s creativity to get a desired result. Unusual behaviors are creative behaviors utilized by those who haven’t created a more effective tool to ease their frustration.
Our creative abilities allow for our general happiness. Some create effectively and others create maladaptive behaviors because it’s all they created at the time. Our creativity can get us out of many unhappy situations without the need for counseling or therapy or prescription drugs. Those who have created ineffective behaviors to resolve their unhappiness are diagnosed and judged as someone needing psychiatric help in the form of “brain meds.” These types of medications inhibit a person’s natural ability to be creative and to be able to create ways to resolve their unhappiness.
When you have weird or strange dreams at night or even dreams that make sense . . . that is your brain being creative. So if you have dreams that don’t make any sense, does that mean you’re mentally ill? If your brain is capable of creating when you are asleep, it is also capable of creating when you are awake.
CREATIVITY . . . it’s behind most of our choices of behavior . . . logical and illogical.