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Van Gogh Blues

The Creative Person's Path through Depression
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
January, 2008
ISBN:
9781577316046
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Creative people will experience depression—that’s a given. It’s a given because they are regularly confronted by doubts about the meaningfulness of their efforts and their lives. Theirs is a kind of depression that does not respond to pharmaceutical treatment. What’s required is healing in the realm of meaning.

Depression in creative individuals is best thought of as a meaning crisis caused by chronic, persistent uneasiness, irritation, anger, and sadness about the facts of existence and life’s apparent lack of meaning. Anyone who examines the facts of existence and strives to find personal meaning, as creative people do, opens herself up to this depression.

In The Van Gogh Blues, Eric Maisel teaches creative people how to handle these recurrent crises of meaning and how to successfully manage the anxieties of the creative process. Using examples both from the lives of famous creators such as van Gogh and from his own creativity coaching practice, Maisel explains that despite their inevitable difficulties, creative people possess the ability to forge relationships, repair themselves, and find meaning in their work and their lives. Maisel presents a step-by-step plan to help creative people handle their special brand of depression and rediscover the reasons they are driven to create in the first place.

This plan is comprised of several core tasks that you can immediately implement in your life. Even if you avail yourself of therapy, antidepressant drugs, support groups, spiritual practices, or other treatments for your depression, you will still need to master the tasks I outline in this book if you are going to deal effectively with your creator’s depression.

Also by Eric Maisel are Fearless Creating and A Life in the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Creative people will experience depression--that's a given. It's a given because they are regularly confronted by doubts about the meaningfulness of their efforts. Theirs is a kind of depression that does not respond to pharmaceutical treatment. What's required is healing in the realm of meaning.
In this groundbreaking book, Eric Maisel teaches creative people how to handle these recurrent crises of meaning and how to successfully manage the anxieties of the creative process. Using examples both from the lives of famous creators such as van Gogh and from his own creativity coaching practice, Maisel explains that despite their inevitable difficulties, creative people possess the ability to forge relationships, repair themselves, and find meaning in their work and their lives. Maisel presents a step-by-step plan to help creative people handle their special brand of depression and rediscover the reasons they are driven to create in the first place.

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