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Eric Maisel, PhD

Eric Maisel, PhD, is the author of more than forty works of nonfiction and fiction and is widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach. He trains creativity coaches nationally and internationally and provides core trainings for the Creativity Coaching Association. Eric is a print columnist for Professional Artist magazine and a blogger for Fine Art America and Psychology Today. In 2012 he developed natural psychology, the new psychology of meaning. His books include Coaching the Artist Within, Rethinking Depression, Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, and many others. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.




An interview with Eric Maisel about Brainstorm

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Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions

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A Talk with Eric Maisel about Rethinking Depression

The first section of your book focuses on debunking depression as a “mental illness,” which is not to say that sadness and unhappiness cannot be debilitating.  Can you briefly describe the main thrust of your argument?

What I hope...

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Confident Creating

If you want to live a creative life and make your mark in some competitive art field like writing, film-making, the visual arts, or music, and if at the same time you want to live an emotionally healthy life full of love and satisfaction, you need an intimate...

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How to Create a Meaningful Life

As life gets busier and more complex, we all crave something larger and more meaningful than just checking off another item on our to-do lists. Traditionally we’ve looked to religion and spirituality for a sense of life purpose, but in...

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Meet Eric Maisel, author of Brainstorm

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Mastering Creative Anxiety Interview

You’ve written many books for creative people. What’s your intention with your new book Mastering Creative Anxiety?

I’m continually surprised by how much anxiety the creative process generates and by how much difficulty creative...

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Coaching Yourself to Higher Creativity

What is a creativity coach?  Creativity coaching is the activity of one person helping another person with his creative life, with all the psychological, emotional, existential, and practical problems that arise as a person tries to write, paint, invent, compose, or...

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Creativity & Depression

For more than 25 years I’ve been looking at the realities of the creative life and the make-up of the creative person in books like Fearless Creating, Creativity for Life, Coaching the Artist Within, and many others. A certain idea began to percolate in my mind: that...

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CREATING “IN THE MIDDLE OF THINGS”

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 COACHING THE ARTIST WITHIN

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CREATIVITY FOR LIFE

The phrase “creativity for life” means at least three different things. The first meaning is that creativity can permeate a life: that a person can be creative in the way that she handles her job, solves problems around the house, plans menus for dinner...

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Cracking an Egg

Creative people and would-be creative people find it hard to do the thing that in the abstract sounds relatively easy to do: create and keep creating. What is at the core of the problem? For example, a...

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