January 9th, 2009

Online and Alone....

The Sylvia Plath Effect

For all my female writer and poet friends:

Some of you have heard of the story of Sylvia Plath, some not.. It's a sad story, even if I may say so.
I was quite surprised though, when I came across something known as The Sylvia Plath Effect. Here's what Wikipedia has to say:

The Sylvia Plath Effect:

The Sylvia Plath effect is a term coined by psychologist James C. Kaufman in 2001. It refers to the phenomenon that creative writers are more susceptible to mental illness, though Kaufman's studies demonstrated that female poets were more likely to suffer from mental illness than any other class of writers. This finding has been discussed in many international newspapers, including the New York Times.

The effect is named after the American poet Sylvia Plath.

Although debated (and occasionally mocked) on many internet websites, the finding is consistent with other psychological research studies

Take heed O' feminine mortals, the end is nigh! :o)