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Van Gogh Blues (Rodale): The Creative Person's Path Through Depression Paperback – 6 Jun 2003

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (6 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405020989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405020985
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,167,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Van Gogh Blues
The Creative Person's Path Through Depression

Vincent van Gogh, the icon of the tortured artist, cut off his own ear and spun out of control in his depression. Would he have benefited from Prozac or Zoloft? Possibly. Are all creative people-- designers, writers, engineers, architects, dancers, others who seek to find meaning in their work-- destined to end up like van Gogh? Not at all.

Men and women who seek to create meaning through their work are heroes in many ways. They have opted to matter. They lay their work as a veneer on top of the forces of meaninglessness and chaos, making them vulnerable to a unique kind of depression that often is not physiological and does not respond to pharmaceutical treatments.

The source of this depression is embedded in the creative process itself. Creative people often get depressed when they are unable to create or when their creative efforts fall short of their hopes-- even when they create successfully, they can get depressed due to a lingering sense that their work only temporarily disguises life's apparent meaninglessness.

In order to counter this kind of depression, Dr. Eric Maisel says creators must become meaning experts, learning to navigate through the terrain of meaning. They must engage in a conversation with themselves about what is meaningful-- and then work a plan to create that meaning. The Van Gogh Blues contains all the information one needs to have this conversation and create a personalized meaning plan.

The great news is that this can lead to liberation from depression, truly a self-created map out of depression. Despite the fact that we have no choice but to experience pain and suffering while being alive, we can choose to make sense of our time here, take it seriously, and stick to our plan to create the meaning we seek. We can force life to mean.

Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is an internationally known expert on the creative process, a creativity coach, psychotherapist, and best-selling author. His other books include Living the Writer's Life, The Creativity Book, and Sleep Thinking. He lives near San Francisco.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr Maisel, an internationally-known expert on the creative process, is a creativity coach, psychotherapist and author.


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