Elizabeth Gilbert and creative genius

February 9, 2009

TED 2009 is just about drawing to a conclusion and in this talk from author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love) she muses on the unrealistic expectations we heap on artists and geniuses….She asks (wryly) ‘what is it about creative ventures that seem to make us afraid of each others’ mental health?’. Are creativity and suffering inextricably linked? She

shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.