On Creativity, Coaching, Depression, and Existentialism
Eric Maisel, PhD, is the author of more than fifty books in the areas of creativity, the creative life, coaching, life purpose and meaning, writing, and critical psychology and critical psychiatry. His books include The Coach's Way, Fearless Creating, Coaching the Artist Within, The Power of Daily Practice, Why Smart People Hurt, and Redesign Your Mind. Dr. Maisel, widely regarded as America's foremost creativity coach, is a retired psychotherapist, active creativity coach, and critical psychology advocate. Visit him at EricMaisel.com.
Before talking about techniques, tactics, principles, and philosophies, remember: Coaching begins with you.
A coach is like an inventor in that you must improvise when working with clients.
Each coaching check-in is an opportunity to muse and wonder with your client.
Eric Maisel is a frequent contributor to Art of the Song. These essays are reprinted with permission from his on-air segment and are excerpted from his books: Creativity For Life; A Writer's Paris; A Writer's San Francisco; and others.
A creative escape is a little time-out-of-time that you carve from your schedule to devote to running away to art.
You feel at home in Paris because you are encouraged to sit and write and people watch, to adjourn to a neighboring cafe and write and people watch some more, and pass an entire day this way.
Isn't this a lesson that we have to learn again and again, that every "objective opinion" is an assertion of idiosyncratic personality and not anything like the truth?
One of the best ways to help yourself create every day is to craft a starting ritual that you begin to use regularly and routinely. These eight ritual ideas will help get you started.
In order to create, we must take the bad with the good. You are bound to write many bad paragraphs along with the good ones.
Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals. A Refresher Course of Ninety-Seven Creativity Tips.
If you intend to create, get ready for anxiety. You can handle it beautifully if you use these simple tools. Series features 15 Anxiety Management Techniques and a discussion of the anxiety of Identity, Choosing, Possibility, and Performing.
How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning. Series covers the existential ideal and reality, what depression treatments really do, and what psychotherapy proves.
Learn insights from The Van Gogh Blues through this enlightening interview with Eric Maisel on creativity, depression, life purpose statements, and meaning-making. Includes excerpt Meaningful Life, Meaningful Work, Meaningful Days.
Gain deeper insight into productive obsessions in this piece and Q & A with Eric and Ann Maisel about the book Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions.