Take a look at Robert David Jaffee’s honest and thought-provoking speech. Here, he tells us about his journey through mental illness and using imagination to overcome its challenges.
Einstein famously said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
He was of course correct, but when Einstein made that statement, he had accrued a sufficient amount of knowledge, a threshold level, from which he could extrapolate and conduct his thought-experiments, his daydreams of riding on a beam of light.
Others who have made such metaphorical leaps discussed the role of memory in fueling their imagination, an imagination that was linked not only to their poetry but also to their mental illness.
Is it possible that imagination enables some of us with psychiatric diagnoses to survive our greatest traumas and even flourish?