By Emma Clark Gratton
‘Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity’, wrote TS Eliot. But modern research shows the relationship is much more complicated.
The stereotype of the tortured artist battling internal demons is much older than the controlled study. Aristotle declared that ‘No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness’ and Lord Byron wrote frankly, ‘We of the craft are all crazy. Some are affected by gaiety, others by melancholy, but all are more or less touched’.