Title

Neurotheology, creativity and bipolarity: divergent thinking and hypomanic traits among Arab college students

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Justin Thomas, Zayed University
Arwa Al-Hammadi, Zayed University

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Time and Mind

Publication Date

4-19-2022

Abstract

The idea of a connection between creativity and psychopathology has been attributed to our earliest human ancestors. It is also a notion that has, historically, been expressed across cultures. Contemporary research exploring the link between creativity and psychopathology, however, is equivocal. More recently, it has been hypothesized that this is only a subset of mental health problems that are linked with creativity; specifically, approach-based psychopathologies, such as mania and hypomania. This study explored the relationship between creativity (divergent thinking) and approach-based psychopathology (hypomanic traits) among Arab college women (n= 218) in the United Arab Emirates. The study used a Web-based version of the Alternative Uses Task to assess creativity. The study also administered the Hypomanic Personality Scale to assess hypomanic traits/bipolar risk. As predicted, there was a positive correlation between hypomanic traits and creativity. These findings broaden support for the idea of a link between approach-based psychopathologies and creativity. By extension, they lend further tentative support to archaeological hypotheses about the co-emergence of theology, creativity and mental illness.

ISSN

1751-696X

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

First Page

1

Last Page

13

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

Psychopathology, Creativity, Mania, Arab, Shaman

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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