The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Persons Path Through Depression
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN 10: 1577316045
ISBN 13: 978-1577316046
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.
""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"
From the Inside Flap
— 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
From the Back Cover
Finalist, Books for a Better Life Award
"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."