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Dark Sides Of Being An Artist

Anything done in excess can be harmful to us. Today, let’s look at the dark sides of being an artist.

Dark Sides Of Being An Artist

Hello friends. I hope you are enjoying this summer and staying inside. Very soon, things will be ok. I would like to believe this.  

In the last article, you read about the benefits of creativity in your life. Today, I will let you know some dark facts about being an artist. Everything has a dark phase around it. However, the problem is we just want to see the positive aspects. Nobody cares what darkness might be behind the glossy shiny things in the world.

Do you know spending a lot of time in being creative often leads you to aloneness, mental illness, depression, and social anxiety? Creativity is a medicine one should take in moderation. Don’t overdose it, don’t underdose it.

There were many great artists who lived a life close to hell despite being rich and famous. Few examples are Ernest Hemingway, Edvard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh, Sylvia Path, Amy Winehouse, etc.

Some real-life examples

Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear after an argument with his friend Paul Gauguin, and later killed himself, swayed heavily between genius and madness.

Sylvia Plath famously took her own life by sticking her head in an oven while her two children slept. Charles Dickens, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neill all appeared to suffer from clinical depression. So too did Ernest Hemingway, Leo Tolstoy, and Virginia Woolf.

Dark Sides Of Being An Artist
Image Credit: Sylvia Plath Info

“Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well, I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real & I guess you could say I have a call.” By Sylvia Plath

Creative people usually have a high number of mood disorders. A study found that people working in creative fields, including dancers, photographers, and authors, were 8% more likely to live with bipolar disorder. Psychologists have established a link between mental illness and creativity, but they are still piecing together the mechanisms that underlie it.

It’s strange that the art which helps people in fighting depression also leads some artists into depression. But that happens only when you are being aggressive in your art.

If you are a professional artist, make sure to understand yourself and your art too. However they say, when you understand things too much, you lose the madness which is required to become an artist. So, it’s a see-saw game. The same art can take you to up to the sky and this same art can also take you to the grounds.

The blog is not meant to scare you, just highlight some things that I knew about these artists. Being an artist myself, I would like to say that, I am not only a writer but manage a healthy life besides writing. I have a job, home chores, spend a good amount of time with family and friends.

I do not give more than a fixed amount of time for writing or reading. Because besides being a writer, I want to be a daughter, sister, lover, friend, and many other things too.

Thank you for reading!

See you next Sunday.

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Swati Omprakash

I am Swati Omprakash Mishra. Born and brought up in Delhi. I completed my studies from Kendriya Vidyalaya Delhi, one of the best educational institutions in India. Further, I graduated in Engineering from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.

It would not be an understatement if I say, I wasted my engineering degree and jumped into writing career choosing it professionally and personally. I do the job of an editor in a firm and continue to write my books. I read a lot especially light-hearted fiction stories. I have tremendous respect for authors and to-be-authors across the world.

I don’t exactly know why I chose writing as a career, but there were few incidents of my life, which shaped me a person as a writer. Now, I spend most of my time writing and reading after office hours and after finishing my home chores.

I run my Instagram: @iti.swati with so much passion because it is the only window of my writing to the world. And I want to be recognized as a decent writer of my country who is read and respected by the writers and readers. Though a long way to go, I have just started putting a step after a step in this direction.

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Kundan
Kundan
4 months ago

Yes100%% , our strength can always become our weakness too if we rely too much on it, Balance is always required… Thanks Swati to make me revise that..

Sam
Sam
4 months ago

I am an artist and full of dis-balanced emotions ran through my mind all day long.its like its never gonna end. i cant be a normal person and i cant go on like this too.there are no middle ground i see. this is the struggle of mine. society calls me too much imperfect as a human as a man but they feel really good about my art works. constant struggle its like following a car n bring a dog. too much voices in my head.

Mukta
Mukta
4 months ago

Opinion: I don’t know percentage of people will agree with me. Until we brake our relation with certified impossible thinker we can’t ahad our life flawless.

Nadeem Ahmed
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Reply to  Mukta
4 months ago

I am not quite sure I understand what you mean…Can you elaborate?

saurabh jaiswal
saurabh jaiswal
4 months ago

So true ❤

Pritam joshi
4 months ago

Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them

Nadeem Ahmed
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Reply to  Pritam joshi
4 months ago

That’s a very underrated trait in any human being, we are programmed in such a way that we mostly tend to overlook our mistakes. People who see their flaws for what they are can either expect them for what they are or fix them for good.

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