On artists living in their trauma
I think one of the real shames of art is that you can be rewarded for living IN something negative and not living WITH something negative.
Some artists use their unresolved angst to fuel incredible work, so what does their audience do? Praise them for their compelling drama and the narrative that arises (in conjunction, of course with the quality of their work). The person then, like a rat in a cage being given a pellet treat, learns to never get over their trauma so they can keep receiving the positive feelings associated with the accolades.
Speaking as someone who lives WITH many things but IN none of them, that path is one that does not receive as much attention from one's peer group, even as it fuels my greatest art. I do believe, however, that it is healthiest.
I will continue to think more on this and formulate a stronger opinion, as well an idea of what to do next with the information I glean.