The idea that there is a certain connection between artistic creation and emotional state can be traced back to the time of Aristotle, but it is extremely difficult to quantify the degree of unhappiness (or happiness) of an artist, especially when he died. In a research, I found a way to extract emotional content from written letters.

A research has determined the emotional well-being patterns in the lives of creative individuals. In a series of research projects on how the geographical relationship of composers affects his work, he pointed out that at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 20th century, composers working in places like Vienna, Paris, and London gained tremendous productivity. At the same time, it is obvious that composers in these cities often feel dissatisfied or sick, which begs the question: How do emotional factors affect creativity? But Beethoven’s luck quickly improved.

He moved to Vienna in 1792, where the demand was great. For his work, this gave him more and more prestige. During this time, the composer’s positive emotions peaked, and his negative emotions steadily declined. At the turn of the 19th century, when the composer was deaf and dumb, his life changed forever. As a result, we will see a temporary increase in negative emotions and a leak of positive emotions, which will remain very low but stable for your next 15 years.

In 1809, Beethoven received a brief emotional boost after financial stability. Thanks for the generous funding of the Vienna Court. But the good mood did not last long. Negative emotions caused by accidents (such as family deaths) increased by 9.3%, leading to a corresponding increase in creativity and creativity. There will be 6.3% of important work next year.

Finally, you may be asked whether certain negative emotions are affecting the results. Therefore, I divide the negative emotion index into fear, anger, and sadness. And found that sadness is particularly helpful for creativity. Since depression is closely related to sadness, this finding is very close to the previous view by psychologists that depression can promote creativity.

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