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There’s a hidden artist inside you! | January 12, 2022

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

Epilepsy and Creativity – Can Epilepsy Have An Effect on Creative Abilities?

https://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2014/sep/18/brainstorm-epilepsy-creativity-neuroscience-comedy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_with_epilepsy#Music


4 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on Disablities & Mental Health Issues.

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    Comment by Kenneth — January 12, 2022 @ 9:44 AM

  2. I clearly associate my ability with numbers with my epilepsy. I had trouble with every subject back in school so I just wanted to find one where I could compete with other students.

    I’d be lying if I said I knew where my seizures were coming from and what else was going on in that part of the brain, but since my problem was in my left temporal lobe which also controlled my short-term memory and math ability, I had to find a way around that and eventually and unknowingly I found it. I turned caculation into memorization and with a healthy long-term memory in my right temporal lobe, everything was working the way I wanted it to.

    Think about it. When someone asks you, “What’s 5 X 6?”, you don’t calculate it. You remember the answer from the last hundred times you saw that math problem. It’s 30. I wanted to make everything about math a pastime to the point it would be memorization and stored in my right temporal lobe so I turned every number I looked at into a math equation. By the time I was done, I had square roots and cube roots stored in there, too.

    My epileptologist tested me everytime I saw him and that was by asking me the square root of a number that wasn’t a perfect square. Even as I was just getting out of ICU after brain surgery, he asked me the square root of 7,450. I knew 86 squared was 7,396 and 87 squared was 7,569 but he was making me use my math ability on the left side to arrive at 86.3. He knew I had a strong right temporal lobe but he was testing the left – my weaker side.

    I’m just trying to point out we may have a handicap but we can find a way to compete with everyone else to the point they’ll have to look hard to notice our handicap if they even find it.

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    Comment by Ed Lugge — January 12, 2022 @ 11:36 AM


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