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Dear Readers,
In a world where getting hurt and disappoint-
ment is inevitable, forgiveness stands as a
beacon of hope, oering solace and healing to
wounded souls. Today, we delve into the
profound topic of forgiveness, an art that has
the transformative power to release us from
the shackles of resentment and pain and lead
us toward inner peace and healing.
Forgiveness is a profound act of self-love and
liberation. When we harbor resentment, anger,
or bitterness towards those who have
wronged us, we inadvertently allow the past to
dictate our present and future. The weight of
unresolved grievances burdens our hearts and
minds, impeding our ability to experience true
joy and fulllment.
However, forgiveness does not mean condon-
ing or forgetting the actions that caused us
harm. Rather, it is a conscious decision to
release the grip of negative emotions and
reclaim our power to live fully in the present
moment. It is a journey towards understand-
ing, empathy, and ultimately, freedom from
the chains of the past.
Yet, the path to forgiveness is not always easy.
It requires courage, vulnerability, and a willing-
Embracing Forgiveness: A Path to Inner
Peace and Healing
ness to confront our deepest wounds. It may
involve confronting painful memories,
acknowledging our role in the situation, and
embracing empathy toward those who have
hurt us. It is a process that unfolds gradually,
often with its own setbacks and challenges.
But with each step taken towards forgiveness,
we inch closer to the profound peace and heal-
ing that await us on the other side.
Research in positive psychology has shown
that forgiveness is closely linked to improved
mental and physical health. Studies have
found that individuals who practice forgive-
ness experience lower levels of stress, anxiety,
and depression, along with enhanced overall
well-being. Moreover, forgiveness has been
associated with stronger interpersonal rela-
tionships, greater resilience in the face of
adversity, and a deeper sense of inner peace.
As we navigate the complexities of life, let us
remember that forgiveness is not a sign of
weakness, but rather a testament to our
strength and resilience. It is a gift we give
ourselves, a gift of freedom, healing, and inner
peace. May we embrace the art of forgiveness
with open hearts and minds, and may it guide
us towards a brighter, more compassionate
Since ancient time people have argued about
the possible connection between creativity and
mental illness. The ancient Greeks believed that
creative inspiration was achieved through
altered states of mind such as divine madness’.
Aristotle equated insanity with genius. In 1889,
Cesare Lombroso published a book called The
Man of Genius” (this book represented one of
the rst attempts to analyze the works of the
mentally ill) in which he argued that genius was
a form of insanity. Today the interest in this area
has increased manifold and there is ongoing
research to establish the link between creativity
and psychopathology. Although, there is plenty
of literature in this area, the ndings remain
inconclusive and the debate continues. There
are certainly many creative people who have
some form of mental illness. But not all creative
people have mental illness. Similarly, majority of
people with mental illness have no creativity at
all. But, let’s see rst what we mean by creativity
and mental illness.
Creativity comes from the Latin word creatus,
literally “to have grown. Producing or bringing
about something partly or wholly new; invest-
ing an existing object with new properties or
characteristics; in imagining new possibilities
that were not conceived of before; and in seeing
or performing something in a manner dierent
from what was thought possible or normal
Mental illness or mental disorder are terms used
to refer psychological pattern that occurs in an
individual and is usually associated with distress
or disability that is not expected as part of
normal development. A number of mental
disturbances, such as Depression and Persoznal-
ity Disorders etc. are very common psychologi-
cal problems of the modern era (ICD-11
Many researchers have attempted to answer the
question, whether creative individuals vulnera-
ble to mental illness? One of the pioneer studies
in this area was conducted by the psychologists
Rushton (1961) and Andreason (1987) found
that creativity is correlated with intelligence and
psychosis. Similarly, Ludwig (1989), in his paper,
Reections on Creativity and Madness,
concludes that although not a prerequisite, a
touch of madness could enhance creativity.
Ludwig (1995) in his book, The Price of Great-
ness: Resolving the Creativity and Madness Con-
troversy examined the lives and achievements
of over 1000 extraordinary men and women and
concluded that creative people suer from more
mental diculties then ordinary people. Eysen-
ck (1995), Wills (2003) and Janka (2004), both
argued that madness and genius are common
traits of creative individuals.
Felix (1994), in his landmark study of 291 worldly
famous people highlighted who suered from
psycho-pathology. Among them, few important
names are given in each category.
Composers: Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schoen-
berg, Wolf, Beethoven and Wagner…….
Scientists: Darwin, Pasteur, Bell, Galton, Newton
and Mendel………
Philosophers: Emerson, Heidegger, Wittgen-
stein, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marx, and Russell,
Politicians: Churchill, Gladstone, De Gaulle,
Mussolini, Nehru, Stalin, Disraeli, Hitler, Ataturk
and Lincoln…….
Artists: Picasso, Rossetti, Van Gogh, Charlie
Chaplin and Monore….
Writers: Dickens, Hardy, Huxley, Hemmingway,
Kipling, Sartre, Fitzgerald, Tolstoy, and Twain etc.
Furthermore, Ferry and Daniel (2014) have also
highlighted list of creative people, having some
form of psychological disturbances that is also
similar to the list of the Felix as mentioned
above. Accordingly, Whiteside (2013), suggests
that the brains of creative people appear to be
more open to incoming stimuli from the
surrounding environment, whereas other peo-
ples brains might shut out this same informa-
tion through a process called “latent inhibition.
To sum up, Emil Kraeplien, the German psychia-
Creativity & Mental Illness
Prof. Dr. Tanvir Ahmad Rana
Consultant Psychiatrist & Professor of Mental Health
Staffordshire University (UK), & Wagner College, New York
trist, also emphasized the positive outcome of certain psychological disorders. Finally, American
philosopher William James, wrote: When a superior intellect and a psychopathic temperament
coalesce, we have the best possible outcome in the form of genius.