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There’s a hidden artist inside you! | August 15, 2015

Maybe you’re an artist…actor…architect…painter…poet…
philosopher…singer…or someone you just don’t know.

Because, quite simply, there’s another side to that electrical mischief that epilepsy produces.

Some types of epilepsy can spark inspiration, enhance creativity and bring out the latent artist in you.

It’s just waiting to be discovered.

In fact, researchers claim that often these surprise talents are associated with temporal lobe epilepsy.

In this case, the sides of the brain, where memory and feelings reside, are intermittently seized by those “electrical storms” which produce the spark.

Although the seizures may be undetectable to observers, they can prompt hallucinations, religion, fury, fear, joy and an unquenchable desire to create, even after the seizure is over.

Just look at Leonardo Da Vinci…Richard Burton…Edward Leary… Lewis Carroll…Chandra Gunn…Susan Boyle…Prince…Danny Glover…Tony Coelho…Lindsey Buckingham…Bobby Jones…Jason Snelling…Rick Harrison…Katie Hopkins…George Gershwin…Joan of Arc, the sky’s the limit!

So you may not know it, but you may have some surprise artistic talents hidden away.

Give it a try. Dabble a little.

Try a little drawing, painting, writing, singing, acting, or whatever talent moves you.

It’s exciting, energizing, rewarding, all-encompassing, and I must admit, a wonderful escape.

Like making lemons into lemonade!

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  1. I’m no Di Vinci etc., but I am a really good at grant writing. I mean REALLY good. And I never realized it was among the creative arts until I worked with others whose talent was clearly lackluster. But does my capability have anything to do with having epilepsy?


    Comment by Tom Waltz — August 16, 2015 @ 1:04 AM

  2. Grant writing. I couldn’t do it if someone had a gun to my head.

    You bet that’s creative — in a good sort of way — brilliant and much needed!


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 16, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

  3. “researchers claim that often these surprise talents are associated with temporal lobe epilepsy.” Where are you getting this information from? It’s not from any of the sources you cited.


    Comment by Hilda M — November 28, 2015 @ 2:01 PM

  4. Correct. I meant that many people who HAVE epilepsy are uncommonly creative.



    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — November 28, 2015 @ 4:49 PM

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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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