Touched With Fire

Touched With Fire

Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

Book - 1993
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Blackwell North Amer
The definitive work on the profound and surprising links between manic-depression and creativity, from the bestselling psychologist of bipolar disorders who wrote An Unquiet Mind.

One of the foremost psychologists in America, “Kay Jamison is plainly among the few who have a profound understanding of the relationship that exists between art and madness” (William Styron).

The anguished and volatile intensity associated with the artistic temperament was once thought to be a symptom of genius or eccentricity peculiar to artists, writers, and musicians. Her work, based on her study as a clinical psychologist and researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists subject to exalted highs and despairing lows were in fact engaged in a struggle with clinically identifiable manic-depressive illness.

Jamison presents proof of the biological foundations of this disease and applies what is known about the illness to the lives and works of some of the world's greatest artists including Lord Byron, Vincent Van Gogh, and Virginia Woolf.

Publisher: New York : Free Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, Free Press, c1993
ISBN: 9780029160305
Branch Call Number: 616.895 JAM
Characteristics: xii, 370 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Jun 19, 2018

This is very good for those who are trying to understand creative family members. It is a bit technical, so if you have no psychology schooling, you may need some real quiet time to digest this one. It may be enlightening for some of us creative people to realize that other members of the family may be having issues, but hiding them. This can be why some families are surprised when a family member commits suicide. Keep an eye on the ones who are sleeping way too much, they could be deeply depressed. Alternately, the ones who are only sleeping a few hours per night or frequently skipping sleep can also be on their way to insanity. Go with them to a therapy session, even if you have to let them think it is all your problem. They might like the therapist! Then you can let them go to therapy on their own.

Jul 28, 2013

Anyone who has ever struggled with mental illness or loved someone who has should read this. It's scary, and empowering. It is a fun read; at times highly entertaining yet, like the disease itself, it can be incredibly sad.

Dec 16, 2012

Tried to make sense of this. Hoping to come back to it and try again.


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