The Creative Person's Path through Depression
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Product Details

  • Product Code: 16045
  • ISBN: 978-1-57731-604-6
  • Pages: 272
  • 1 Paperback
  • Size: 5.50 x 8.50


Creative people will experience depression — that’s a given. It’s a given because they are regularly confronted by doubts about the meaningfulness of their efforts. Theirs is a kind of depression that does not respond to pharmaceutical treatment. What’s required is healing in the realm of meaning.

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.

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.”
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