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What is your hidden talent? | August 22, 2021

Inside of you is something special waiting to break out.

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 these surprise talents are often 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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Resources:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/384744

http://www.nytimes.com/1993/10/12/science/in-the-temporal-lobes-seizures-and-creativity.html?pagewanted=1

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/the-brain-is-a-beautiful-riddle-20140721-zv8xn.html

http://www.brainblogger.com/2012/09/23/what-is-creativity-art-as-a-symptom-of-brain-disease/


15 Comments »

  1. I’m so glad I came across your blog. I keep a medical journal and have to refer back to certain accounts I’ve written about and there have been times when you helped in making my experience make sense. Thank you.

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    Comment by 5thgenerationgirl — August 22, 2021 @ 12:12 PM

  2. My “secret” talent is writing, thought it’s not so secret. My first book is up for preorder on Amazon 😁

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    Comment by Gabriela Bianchi — August 22, 2021 @ 12:12 PM

    • Good for you! I have a friend who I haven’t seen or talked to in a while. She had brain surgery for her epilepsy a month before me and she wrote a book that got printed. I never got to see the book but she let me look at a part of it before it was printed.

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      Comment by Ed Lugge — August 22, 2021 @ 1:40 PM

  3. How fabulous! Congratulations! What is the name of the book so I can pre-order one?

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 22, 2021 @ 12:21 PM

  4. I have a couple of talents but I guess they’re not secret anymore. Math and poetry are my two biggest talents. I’ve written six poems about my life with epilepsy. I feel pretty comfortable with square roots so I’m looking to start on CUBE roots. Why not? What they removed from my brain was a 3-inch CUBE.

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    Comment by Ed Lugge — August 22, 2021 @ 1:31 PM

  5. Sounds like Math is your first name and CUBE is your second name! 😉

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 22, 2021 @ 1:46 PM

  6. I was big into art when I was in high school. Thought I was a damm visionary.

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    Comment by Hetty Eliot — August 22, 2021 @ 5:34 PM

  7. What happened AFTER high school?

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 22, 2021 @ 5:42 PM

    • What I didn’t know were focal seizures turned into the supercharged panic-attack style ones. And meds don’t help creativity.

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      Comment by Hetty Eliot — August 22, 2021 @ 9:09 PM

  8. Ever since I was a child & learned how to read, I was always compulsively obsessed with reading books, magazines, newspapers,,, & everything I can put my hands on & ask myself questions on how, when, where & why the events I’m reading about are taking place, to only get interrupted by my mother to turn off the light & go to sleep.
    While my mother’s interference & interruptions stopping me from finishing the page or chapter I’m reading about use to make me angry, in the long run I’ve come to understand that my mother was concerned about me waking up in the morning to attend school in the next day.
    Decades later, I found out that the curiosity I was obsessed about since my childhood had a lot do with my insatiable appetite to know more & deeper details of the stories/reports I’m reading about, which could had me placed in investigative journalism.
    Instead, joining the race in computer technology, it ended up being a lifetime journey, getting me stuck in computer industry.
    Ohhh,,, If I could only turn the clock back, I may had been a good journalist. 😃!
    Gerrie

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    Comment by Gerrie — August 22, 2021 @ 10:43 PM

    • It’s never to late to take up writing, even if it’s just for yourself. And I know you’d be good at it, just like you are with everything else.

      I was supposed to be a journalist, but life got in the way. Namely my parents who didn’t believe I could succeed at anything and then money.

      So I ended up sending myself to a creative arts college, without taking a single writing class.

      But eventually, what I like to call “fate” stepped in. And here I am a writer. As I have been for the past 38 years.

      No, advertising was not the kind of writing I envisioned. But it was a way to write and survive financially. And, quite frankly, it turned out to be fun!

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      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 23, 2021 @ 8:46 AM

    • That sounds so much like my life. I grew up in a very small textile town in NC. I read everything I could get my hands on, from our local telephone directory to my stepfather’s trashy novels. At that age, I didn’t understand much of what I was reading, but at least I was seeing the words.With the help of my neurologist, I received an associate’s degree in paralegal technology. Mysteries and law were always my favorites, From Nancy Drew to John Grisham novels. Trivia follows very closely. I have one book with over 5000 trivia questions and answers.

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      Comment by Karen Danyels — August 23, 2021 @ 5:46 PM

  9. This is a great post. Information I’ve never heard of before. My nephew has seizures regularly. I’m to talk to him about this. Thank you!

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    Comment by andrea137 — August 23, 2021 @ 9:37 AM

  10. I can taste and hear colours, and can apply Einstein’s second Law of TD. To explain the idea people have got on infinity.

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    Comment by Dr. Peter Strang Cameron — August 23, 2021 @ 11:09 AM

  11. RE: tasting and hearing colours, it could be Synesthesia.

    Sight, sound, touch, taste (and, much less often, your sense of smell) sensations can occur simultaneously and also involve involuntary movement.

    An example is the sensation of flashing lights, a taste, a feeling of heat rising, and a high-pitched whine.

    This article may interest you…

    Epileptic Synesthesia: What Is It? https://epilepsytalk.com/2021/01/17/epileptic-synesthesia-what-is-it-2/

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 23, 2021 @ 11:54 AM


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    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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