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Eric Maisel (Coaching the Artist Within), a creativity coach and columnist, and wife Ann Maisel (What Would Your Character Do?) have collaborated on a self-help book with an intriguing twist: that the right kind of "productive" obsession is not only desirable but an essential feature of creativity. To lend credibility to their claim the Maisels reference research into consciousness that suggests the cerebral cortex contains dynamic cooperatives of neurons which may lay the foundation for "a productive obsession that is a large neuronal gestalt of long duration - a big idea that lasts a long time." In answer to the criticism that any obsession might be dangerous, the Maisels acknowledge that this possibility hasn't been thoroughly investigated but believe the gains outweigh any potential negatives. The process of nurturing productive obsessions, the authors believe, is at the heart of how we value life and find purpose. It goes beyond simple stimulation, neat ideas, or interesting hobbies. By "investing meaning," in our ideas, we can move from mere interest to "the meaningfulness of authentic engagement." All too often people overlook the basics of a productive life, distracted by multitasking, marketing, and information overload. With this provocative departure from the usual lifestyle manual, the Maisels are out to break us of those tendencies.
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Brainstorm - nice read/reminder of the vast amount of brainpower we can tap into on our own behalf.. There's always more brain in s than we will ever use!!Published 5 months ago by Dianna Woolley
Amazing book to have and to learn from.
Someone who loves to know how the brain works, will love to read this.
Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions by Eric and Ann Maisel.
Right away, the authors make a big promise. Read more
I love Maisel's book and this is another great one. Having worked with so many creative people, he clearly knows what he's talking about, and in this book i learned a tremendous... Read morePublished on June 4, 2010 by Art of the Song
I love this book. I've read a lot about unproductive obsessions but have never read anything before about productive ones. I find the concept really interesting and useful!!Published on June 4, 2010 by Elizabeth S.