Scientists: Their Psychological World

Scientists: Their Psychological World

Scientists: Their Psychological World

Scientists: Their Psychological World

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I came to the study of research scientists via a study of artists. For many years I had worked as a clinical psychologist in a psychiatric clinic whose patient load was heavily sprinkled with writers, artists, musicians, actors—persons who had sought out creative fields as their life work. These people sought psychiatric help for a number of personal reasons—marital difficulties, somatic illnesses, depression, sexual problems, phobias, and work difficulties. As I became familiar, through professional contacts, with the kinds of psychological demands that creative fields make on the persons in them, I became interested in these artists as a group. It seemed to me that only a specific type of personality could go into work that valued such characteristics as originality and talent; that required perseverance and inner strength in the face of neglect, disinterest, and misunder-

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