There is so much talk about the connection between genius and mental illness. The arguments are valid because a genius thinks differently and that makes him/her vulnerable to depression, loneliness, etc. However, we often glamorize the mental illness when it comes to geniuses. This gives out two wrong messages:
1. That you have to be messed up in your head to be a genius
2. Your mental illness will only get attention if you are a genius.
Unfortunately, what is ignored is the role of discipline. No matter how talented someone is, he/she needs to be disciplined enough to learn, experiment and create. We also don’t talk about the joy that a genius derives from the process of creating and the patience that he/she needs to have to excel at his/her craft.
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