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Can writing be bad for your health?

I was chatting to a writer friend the other day who told me that she was determined to defeat negative thinking this year. She felt that the key was to not deny negative thoughts all together but to modify them and not over-dramatize them. She made the point that as a writer, she has a tendency to come up with dramatic metaphors in her thought patterns which are good for books but can be quite unhealthy for real life. For example, "I am imprisoned in a hamster wheel of work and duty."

This got me thinking. Do creative people struggle more to cope with the mundane things in life and the disappointments of life? Because our brains are 'tuned' to create beauty, excitement and intensity in our writing, do we subsconciously see our lives as the plot of a novel, where drama, meaning are everything? Could it be that we get more frustrated by loose ends that are left untied and are more sensitive to ironies, twists of fate, etc. than non-writing folk.

Perhaps the answer is to find really positive metaphors instead.

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SoundNFury wrote on January 11, 2015, 7:35 AM

I don't think so. I just think that creative people have the tendencies to make those dramatic types of sentences, that's all....The writing isn't what is causing the negativity, it is just giving it a particular kind of expression.

maxeen wrote on January 11, 2015, 7:51 AM

Maybe it is mainly positive people who are creative,what do you think ?

kat123456 wrote on January 11, 2015, 7:54 AM

That is an interesting thought! I don't think it's true though, creative people seem positive generally x

Madcanman wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:28 AM

Creative people can come from all walks of life, though it does seem at times that many creatives live dark lives, based on things I've read and watched. Maybe it's just my tastes in entertainment?? Who's to say, really.

stbrians wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:12 AM

Negativity is what the person actually wants of himself or herself. Writers are positive people

j2401 wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:46 AM

I think writer like anyone else can be positive people or negative.

Kasman wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:50 AM

I tend not to think too deeply about why I write or what it means to me to write and the only health hazard I concern myself with is RSI

NorthernLight wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:19 AM

Writing is always good for your health, but perhaps not always for your temper!

peachpurple wrote on January 11, 2015, 1:14 PM

no, writing is good for the brain to keep moving, as least better than watching tv the whole day

stacygirl77 wrote on January 11, 2015, 1:37 PM

That is a good thought. I never thought of it like that. I guess you could say that yes.

Elfbwillow wrote on January 11, 2015, 2:12 PM

Can I blame my creativeness on my lack of tidying skills around my house please? lol

k2705 wrote on January 11, 2015, 3:26 PM

It's interesting but I think it depends on the person some are negative and some are positive.

arthurchappell wrote on January 11, 2015, 3:38 PM

I think we realize that life doesn't gel together like a novel with well rounded plot twists and just deserts which can be depressing

BodieMor wrote on January 11, 2015, 11:48 PM

Food for thought. Brain-munching here... And... I think the only threat to health for a writer is not getting up and walking around every hour!

Telynor wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:43 AM

Writing is what keeps me sane. It's a safe place to put all those thoughts bouncing about in my head.

scheng1 wrote on January 12, 2015, 5:01 AM

Everyone has a cycle of up and down, even creative people.

caretakerray wrote on January 12, 2015, 11:43 AM

I believe creative people see some things differently. But everyone is creative in their own way!

Ruby3881 wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:23 PM

I think perhaps this is a chicken and egg kind of question. Is it the writing that makes a lot of writers this way, or is it that people with this kind of vision make good writers?

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:21 AM

Writing is my outlet, besides reading. I Good for my disposition and mental health. emoticon :smile: