The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person's Path Through Depression

The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person's Path Through Depression


By (author) PH D Eric Maisel

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  • Publisher: NEW WORLD LIBRARY
  • Format: Paperback | 257 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 28 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Novato, CA
  • ISBN 10: 1577316045
  • ISBN 13: 9781577316046
  • Sales rank: 90,655

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From The Van Gogh Blues ... ., .virtually 100 percent of creative people will suffer from episodes of depression. Why virtually 100 percent? Because every creative person came out of the womb ready to interrogate life and determine for herself what life would mean, could mean, and should mean. Her gift or curse was that she was born ready to stubbornly doubt received wisdom and disbelieve that anyone but she was entitled to provide answers to her own meaning questions. Creative people of all kinds look for understanding, empathy, and meaning in life. That is what they do, what they work with. This will often lead to depression-- but not because understanding, empathy, and meaning are not possible. They are simply not always on terms that are easy to accept. This depression of creative people does not have to be physiological, nor does it necessarily respond to pharmaceutical treatments. Dr. Eric Maisel, an internationally known expert on the creative process and best-selling author, has developed a four-step plan for engaging this type of depression and moving past it. Using examples of famous creators like Vincent van Gogh and Fyodor Dostoyevsky and not-so-famous creators who have struggled with this kind of depression, he shows that despite the difficulty, creative people hold the ability to forge relationships, repair themselves, and create meaning in an utterly unique and powerful way. Dr. Maisel's approach legitimizes creative people's own instinctual beliefs that standard treatments are not the answer.

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""The Van Gogh Blues" is a courageous and insightful gift to all writers, artists, and others whose efforts and hopes have been hobbled by depression. Eric Maisel shows us how to stay out of depression's clutches so that we can consistently move forward with dignity, resolve, and unassailable passion."--Sharon Lebell, author of "The Art of Living" "Maisel's concepts in "The Van Gogh Blues" are right on the mark and address an area that is critically important and largely neglected. In addition, his writing style is superb."--John Preston, Psy.D., author of "Consumer's Guide to Psychiatric Drugs"

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""The Van Gogh Blues" is a mind-blowingly wonderful book." -- "Midwest Book Review" "Maisel persuasively argues that creative individuals measure their happiness and success by how much meaning they create in their work." -- "Library Journal" "Rather than shunning conventional treatments such as antidepressants and therapy, Maisel espouses confrontation with what seems like the existential pit of despair, the place creators often find themselves when looking for meaning in their work and the world. "The Van Gogh Blues" will help you remain true to your artistic calling and give you a medicine chest of tips and advice you can leverage if the Black Dog or another pernicious emotional booby trap snarls behind your canvas." -- Jeffrey M. Freedman, screenwriter, "Vivaldi," and journalist-author