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Is creativity linked to sadness?

Some think so. Wake Forest University professor Eric G. Wilson says serious depression is a problem worthy of treatment, but "mild to moderate sadness," also called melancholia, shouldn't be. Embracing some sadness can boost creative thinking, Wilson says, allowing for more complex relationships with the rest of the world. Melancholia is a middle ground between bliss and depression, where a host of dreamers, artists, and thinkers have derived inspiration.

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