In April 2016, Judith was interviewed for Psychology Today about the mad genius myth, the self-serving distortions that pass for “fact” in this area, and the current sorry state of diagnosis and medication.
Oxford University Press purchased the rights to 20 pages of The Insanity Hoax for their 2016 text, Creativity: A Reader for Writers. This is the section called “Blind Men and Elephant Parts” (pages 17-37), where Judith explains why creativity is so difficult (if not impossible) to define.
Eminent social psychologist Carol Tavris devotes her March 2015 column in Skeptic Magazine to The Insanity Hoax, which she quotes generously and calls “a short, clear, witty, and empirically-grounded takedown of the mad-genius assumption.”
“Building on Sand: The Cautionary Chapter” is Judith’s invited contribution to the definitive textbook, Creativity and Mental Illness (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Only one out of 18 dedicated to disproving the creativity/madness link. The book’s summary chapter states, “We’re thus sympathetic to Schlesinger (this volume) who denounces the mad genius stereotype” (p. 399).
CreativityPost.com asked Judith to be a regular contributor. Her column, The Mad Genius and Other Follies, addresses the infinite ways that creativity enriches, delights, and complicates our lives.
After the tragic death of Robin Williams, Judith was interviewed by USA Today. This terrible loss unleashed the usual flurry of uninformed speculation about genius and mental illness. Alas, ten paragraphs of our discussion never appeared, since this reporter was not the lead writer on the story. “You had such great things to say,” she wrote, “I wish they could have used more.” Maybe next time.
Judith wrote “Summer Shame” in response to the media’s sudden excitement about the “secrets of the creative brain,” which are actually nothing of the sort. But shockingly, in July 2014, the usually reputable sources like The Atlantic Monthly, NPR, and even the PBS News Hour were all taken in by the typical mad genius mix of wildly inflated claims, ignorance, confusion, and outright lies.
Canadian Postmedia News interview: ” The link between creativity, insanity not backed by science, the author says.” Published in the Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, and Toronto Post.
“Stardust, Smoke and Mirrors,” an invited article about The Insanity Hoax, is the cover story for the Sept/Oct 2013 Skeptical Inquirer: The magazine for science and reason.
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