"The mark of an immature man is that he would die knobly for a cause. The mark of a mature man is that he would live humbly for one" - Catcher in the Rye -WARNING WRITER SPELLING CHALLENGED! But Sometimes you have to say "what the fuck!"

Thursday, December 25, 2008

You may be right, I may be crazy, but it just may be a LOONEYCHICK your lookin for…

Repost from 6/7/04

A thought that sometimes makes me hazy: Am I - or are the others crazy? -Albert Einstein “Crazy, Im crazy for feelin so lonely….”, “Im goin off the rails on a crazy train…” These are some of my favorite lyrics to songs that touch a nerve in my head. I have always felt, different, or crazy. Sometimes my mind just races too damn fast. Ooops, did I take my meds today? Just pop another pill, smoke another cigarette, drink another glass of wine, smoke another toke…. And Im fine for the day. “your one crazy ass chick” I sometimes here, or “girl you so crazy”. But I really believe there is a fine line between insanity and genius. It seems like so many of us creative artist types also battle depression or other emotional demons. I have met some people diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar, and its funny how these people are also very brilliant. Great poets, writers, thinkers, their minds just spin so fast, as if on speed. I am clinically depressed at times, Im borderline ADD, and a bit dyslexic. Sometimes my mind races soooooo damn fast, but then at these times I am able to create, write poetry, read, etc. Other times, Im heavy, tired, and so overwhelmed that all I want to do is sleep all day.

I wonder what the connection is between genius and insanity?

I looked up the definition for crazy and found this.

From your dictionary.net
The noun "crazy" has 1 senses.
1. crazy, loony, looney, weirdo -- someone deranged and possibly dangerous


The adjective "crazy" has 6 senses.
1. brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced, unhinged -- affected with madness or insanity; "a man who had gone mad2. crazy, half-baked, screwball, softheaded, meshuga, meshugge -- (informal) foolish; totally unsound; "an impractical solution"; "a crazy scheme"; "half-baked ideas"; "a screwball proposal without a prayer of working"
3. crazy, dotty, gaga, enamored, infatuated, in love, smitten, soft on, taken with -- marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness; "she was crazy about him"; "gaga over the rock group's new album"; "he was infatuated with her"

4. crazy -- (informal) possessed by inordinate excitement; "the crowd went crazy"; "was crazy to try his new bicycle"
5. crazy -- bizarre or fantastic; "had a crazy dream"; "wore a crazy hat"
6. crazy -- (informal) intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with; "crazy about cars and racing"
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-I really like the “someone deranged and possibly dangerous” bit. Yes, that definitely describes me. LOL

I looked up genius and found this

The noun "genius" has 5 senses.
1. genius, mastermind, brain -- someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality
2. brilliance, genius -- unusual mental ability
3. ace, adept, sensation, maven, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz -- someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
4. genius, wizardry -- exceptional creative ability
5. flair, genius -- a natural talent; "he has a flair for mathematics"; "he has a genius for interior decorating"


I found a book that discusses this on Amazon. Its editorial read:

What is the connection between genius and madness? IBM-based polymath Clifford Pickover approaches the question in a characteristically eclectic way. First he looks at the lives of a collection of eccentric scientists, from Nikolai Tesla to the Unabomber, giving each a name ("The Fly Man from Galway"; "The Rat Man from London") deliberately reminiscent of Sigmund Freud's names for his cases. Then Pickover discusses obsessive-compulsive disorder and the relationship between brain structure and genius

----Hmmmm, maybe Im not crazy, maybe Im just a genius. Or maybe Im just one wild-ass crazy chick. Who knows. It seems however, that a lot of our most influential contributors to society have been deemed crazy. I searched the web and found a quiz to see if your one crazy ass artist.

Do you struggle with understanding why everyone else just doesn't "get it?"
Are you an emotionally intense person?
Do you see yourself as an artist, an intellectual, a creative, an intuitive?
Do you live in another world than most people on the planet?
Do you have unique abilities?
Have you been diagnosed with clinical depression, manic depression, ADHD, or some other mental illness and traditional treatments do not seem to address the problems?
Do you feel like no one understands you?
Have you tested extremely high (98 percentile or above) on traditional and/or multidimensional IQ/EQ tests?
Does your life seem to be ruled by the creativity and emotion that is so prevalent within you?
Do you have a rich and exciting inner life that you have found difficult to share with others?
Do you have an insatiable 'need to know' that no one understands?

Creative Genius

Let me answer some of these questions here.
Do you struggle with understanding why everyone else just doesn't "get it?" --Yes everyday. What is wrong with YOU people!

Are you an emotionally intense person? --I think others would say so. I definitely like to make a statement and get out my opinions.

Do you see yourself as an artist, an intellectual, a creative, an intuitive? --I definitely consider myself the tragic artist/writer/poet

Do you live in another world than most people on the planet?-Yes I live on Tatooine “Never a more hive of scum and villainy”

Do you have unique abilities?--Im a little psychic… or just psycho lol

Have you been diagnosed with clinical depression, manic depression, ADHD, or some other mental illness and traditional treatments do not seem to address the problems?--Gee thanks for reminding me. But my meds do seem to be working, today.

Do you feel like no one understands you?--No one does understand me!

Have you tested extremely high (98 percentile or above) on traditional and/or multidimensional IQ/EQ tests?
--Yes and graduated top 3% of UC Berkeley class 1996

Does your life seem to be ruled by the creativity and emotion that is so prevalent within you?
---Yes and by PASSION too

Do you have a rich and exciting inner life that you have found difficult to share with others?--I don’t know about this. I don’t here voices (anymore)

Do you have an insatiable 'need to know' that no one understands? -No just an insatiable need for sex…. LOL


Well I guess I pass this crazy test. Here is more information on famous “crazies” like myself. It seems a lot of people I am influenced by were considered crazy too.
Sylvia Plath (author eventually committed suicide)
Winston Churchill and his 'black dog' of depression
Van Gogh (most famous 'schizophrenic')
Paul Merton (comedian who had breakdown just as getting famous. Seeing self on tv fuelled paranoia)
John Cleese(self confessed manic)
Ernest Hemmingway (reckons ECT stole his writing gift)
Joan of Arc (burned to death for hearing voices)
Alistair Campbell (Blair's right hand man. Blames breakdown on the booze)

And the list goes on…..

Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness..
-Socrates

Many persons become poets, prophets, and sibyls, and, like Marcus the Syracusan, are pretty good poets while they are maniacal; but when cured can no longer write verse.
-Aristotle

Here is another link regarding crazy ass genius’s. This site lists Edgar Allen Poe, Socrates, and Leonardo DaVinci as being crazy.
crazy ass genius's

Famous Crazy Folks

We’re in Good Company: almost 300 names of well known people who have a psychiatric diagnosis of mental illness. Almost no one was "Glad" to be their friend until they became famous.
Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), general
Charles Darwin
Mozart, composer
Marilyn Monroe, actress
Anne Sexton, poet, 20th century
James Taylor, singer popular 1990
Walt Whitman, poet

Are we CRAZY or is everyone else just ASLEEP?! This is my question of the day.


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