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Touched With Fire : Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament Touched With Fire : Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

by Kay Redfield Jamison

Science Editor's Recommended Book: "The march of science in explaining human nature continues. In Touched With Fire, Jamison marshals a tremendous amount of evidence for the proposition that most artistic geniuses were (and are) manic depressives. This is a book of interest to scientists, psychologists, and artists struggling with the age-old question of whether psychological suffering is an essential component of artistic creativity."

Art Is a Way of Knowing

by Pat B. Allen

With practical exercises, inspirational guidance and the author's own experiences as an artist and art therapist, this book shows how creativity can be a path to self dicovery. Allen includes information on materials and methods, plus ideas for projects using art to help express emotions.

Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis

by Katherine Killick & Joy Schaverien (Editors)

This book reveals the unique role of art therapy in the treatment of psychosis. Illustrating their contributions with clinical material and artwork created by clients, experienced practitioners describe their work in a variety of settings. Writing from different theoretical standpoints they reflect the current creative diversity within the profession. Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis extends existing theory, develops analytical approaches in art psychotherapy and offers innovative perspectives for students and practitioners on the treatment of borderline states as well as psychosis.

Art & Fear : Observations on the Perils (And Rewards) of Artmaking

by David Bayles & Ted Orland

Art & Fear is not only a must read for the practicing artist. It is a must read for anyone wanting and willing to live life. Art making is rich. Life is rich. When we stop making the one, in any way, we stop living the other. Art & Fear is a book about the way art gets made, the reasons it often does not get made, and about the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This book has never been advertised and was never reviewed by a major publication, but it has nonetheless become something of an underground classic in the three years since it was published. It is now in its seventh printing

Art As Medicine : Creating a Therapy of the Imagination Trust the Process : An Artist's Guide to Letting Go

by Shaun McNiff

This is a "must read"...reminds us of the magic of our artist therapists.This inspirational book, by the author of Art As Medicine : Creating a Therapy of the Imagination expands the reader's view of what it means to live in tune with the labyrinthine ways of the creative spirit, which mysteriously works its magic when we relinquish ego control and "trust the process" .

Creation's Heartbeat : Following the Reindeer Spirit Creation's Heartbeat : Following the Reindeer Spirit

by Linda Schierse Leonard

Leonard,the best-selling author of several books that conflate women's spirituality and Jungian psychology, including Meeting the Madwoman and Witness to the Fire: Creativity and the Veil of Addiction,weaves a magical tale of questing and transformation. She presents here a powerful new spiritual guide and model for ecological and creative living, combining insights and legends from shamanic peoples with the experiences of contemporary men and women to apply the spiritual wisdom of native peoples to modern life.

The Artist's Way : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity The Artist's Way : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

by Julia Cameron

With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity. This book links creativity to spirituality by showing how to connect with the creative energies of the universe, and has, in the four years since its publication, spawned a remarkable number of support groups for artists dedicated to practicing the exercises it contains.

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Symbolic Images in Art As Therapy Symbolic Images in Art As Therapy

by R. M. Simon

Combining detailed case material and over 80 examples of patients' work, the author describes how the symbolic image and the style in which it is represented often relate to a particular stage in the integration of painful experiences. As the image and the style change, so does the individual, who discovers previously untapped sources of creativity and inner strength. Drawing on theoretical insights of Jung, Balint, Milner, Winnicott and others, R. M. Simon brings to life the different ways in which patients experience art therapy and the shifting role of the therapist responding to their needs.

art therapy with children from violent homes Breaking the Silence : Art Therapy With Children from Violent Homes

by Cathy A. Malchiodi

The author's extensive experience makes this an outstanding resource that provides the guided direction needed to give traumatized children the opportunity to find relief from the terrors of their traumas. A must for all mental health professionals who work with traumatized children. Malchiodi presents the use of art therapy with clarity and simplicity,so that therapists can immediately learn the use of this tool in their work with children who have been abused. Illustrated with 95 drawings by abused children.

Creating Minds : An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi Creating Minds : An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi

by Howard E. Gardner

The man who revolutionized our understanding of intelligence now gives us a pathbreaking view of creativity, along with riveting portraits of seven figures who each reinvented an area of human endeavor. Gardner, one of America's most brilliant cognitive psychologists offers some post-Eriksonian provocative answers to questions about the sources of human creativity that go beyond those that would measure it according to the ''100 uses of a safety pin'' school of thought.

The Arts and Human Development : A Psychological Study of the Artistic Process The Arts and Human Development : A Psychological Study of the Artistic Process

by Howard E. Gardner

The classic introduction to Howard Gardner's path-breaking ideas on the development of creativity, with a new introduction by the author.

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Daybook : The Journal of an Artist Daybook : The Journal of an Artist

by Anne Truitt

Anne Truitt is a sculptor, painter, mother, and grandmother. Daybook, her first published journal, is one of the greatest meditations on the artistic life ever written. In her second journal, Turn, the author, the first woman ever to show solo in the Whitney Museum, has turned her mind to writing, to our great benefit. In Prospect, which completes the trilogy of journals she began in 1979. Anne Truitt discusses the joys of parenthood and grandparenthood, the perils of old age, and the way artists work. Each page is rich with insights and thought. Her art is great, but it is for these books that Anne Truitt will be remembered, taking a place among diarists of historical significance.

Art and Artist : Creative Urge and Personality Development Art and Artist : Creative Urge and Personality Development

by Otto Rank   [Preface by Anais Nin]

Beginning with a monograph in 1907 that first brought him to Freud's attention, Otto Rank became his mentor's closest colleague until 1926. The present work, published in 1932, follows three earlier elaborations of the first monograph, and covers artistic endeavor, language, play, architecture, etc. through the ages as an expression of a striving for individual/communal immortality and a reconciliation with mortality. The creative type lives life, affirming the inevitable, while the neurotic is frozen with life-fear.

The Meaning of Anxiety The Courage to Create

by Rollo May

An inspiring work on creativity by the reknowned psychiatrist and author of Love and Will, The Meaning of Anxiety, The Cry for Myth and Man's Search for Himself.

Creativity : Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention Flow : The Psychology of Optimal Experience

by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

You have heard about how a musician loses herself in her music, how a painter becomes one with the process of painting. In work, sport, conversation or hobby, you have experienced, yourself, the suspension of time, the freedom of complete absorption in activity. This is "flow," an experience that is at once demanding and rewarding--an experience that the author demonstrates is one of the most enjoyable and valuable experiences a person can have. The exhaustive case studies, controlled experiments and innumerable references to historical figures, philosophers and scientists through the ages prove Csikszentmihalyi's point that flow is a singularly productive and desirable state. But the implications for its application to society are what make the book revolutionary.

  Other books by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi:

Intensive Journal Workshop At a Journal Workshop : Writing to Access the Power of the Unconscious and Evoke Creative Ability

by Ira Progoff

Ira Progoff's purpose in creating the Intensive Journal workshops on which this book is based was to give others a language and a process for reflecting on and deepening the meaning of their lives. This revised and expanded edition of the classic At a Journal Workshop, a self-published bestseller, offers the reader access to the most widely praised method of diary writing. This rich, insightful work is a treasure for all those involved in self-inquiry, artistic creation and spiritual renewal.

The Spirit in Man, Art and Literature (The Collected Works of C.J. Jung : Vol 15) The Spirit in Man, Art and Literature (The Collected Works of C.J. Jung : Vol 15)

by Carl Gustav Jung

In the nine essays that comprise this classic volume, written between 1922 and 1941, Jung's attention was directed mainly on the qualities of the personality that enable the creative spirit to introduce radical innovations into realms as diverse as medicine, Oriental studies, the visual arts, and literature. For Jung, art is constantly at work educating the spirit of the age and conjuring up those forms in which it is most lacking.

Women Who Run With the Wolves : Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Women Who Run With the Wolves : Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species. In this book, Dr. EstÈs unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, and stories, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine. Dr. EstÈs has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.

Current Research in Arts Medicine : A Compendium of the Medart International 1992 World Congress on Arts and Medicine Current Research in Arts Medicine : A Compendium of the Medart International 1992 World Congress on Arts and Medicine

Fadi J. Bejjani, M.D. (Editor)

An eclectic compendium indeed, consisting of 144 contributions by doctors, academics, scientists, and performing artists on various aspects of biomechanics, art therapy, dance and music medicine and therapy, and visual and vocal arts medicine.

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