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Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued: A Woman's Guide to Unblocking Creativity Paperback – June 14, 2007
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Questions of self-esteem, as manifest in different clients, are dealt with in layman's terms, creating an excellent self-help manual for the would be writer who's just a little stuck and an enjoyable read for the rest of us who avoid exercise in the gym or on the couch.
I confess that I did not do the recommended exercises. However I find I've been writing more. Hmmm....
The author of "Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued" describes in deceptively simple terms
psychological phenomena, which then become clear and accessible to the reader. She talks about them in an interesting way, and I think that both men and women will relate to them.
I have learned from this book without ever feeling lectured to, or overwhelmed.
I am a male professor of literature, and I have found this book most useful and enlightening, thanks to its pragmatic approach to creativity. While I was reading, I felt that the author actually knew the personal mechanisms of my own creativity as an educator, as well as the many issues that students struggle with--whether students are male or female, young or older.
So I highly recommend it to anyone interested in any artistic production. The author's great achievement is to actually lead
the reader to achieve his or her personal goal.
Alors, toutes mes félicitations à l'auteur, Susan O' Doherty, et merci !
Émile Bedriomo, Ph.D. in Literature (French) from New York University,
author of the book "Proust, Wagner et la coincidence des Arts", and others.
The best thing about this book is the author's completely realistic view of the obstacles facing artists; particularly women. I immediately trust a psychotherapist who knows that having to do the dishes can be just as obstructive as a destructive Jungian "shadow self."
No. The best thing about this book is the writing. Dr. O'Doherty tells the reader she has been a speech writer, a poet, a playwright and an author of fiction - and it shows. Her sample composite-patients' portraits are vivid. Their life stories and the author's are told with a captivating narrative voice. Self help books aren't normally this well written!
I especially appreciate that Dr. O'Doherty points out that there really are external obstacles that exist - created by our society, our communities, our families, friends and colleagues - that all of us, but especially artists, may have to confront in order to be creative and productive. It's not all in our heads. Dr. O'Doherty makes novel, positive use of the examples of other women's experiences. She stresses the importance of role models, and even provides a list of inspiring women who created great works in their middle age and beyond.
In 1929, Virginia Woolf wrote, "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Dr. O'Doherty takes this idea many steps further with practical advice and effective guidance through the complex process of self-examination as it relates to becalmed inspiration or a "deferred dream."
Who better to guide us than a woman who is both an artist herself (a writer of both fiction and nonfiction) and a clinical psychologist who specializes in counseling creative women?
Sue O'Doherty weaves her own struggles and doubts into her discussion of the countless ways in which women are informed, subtly or blatantly, that they are lesser citizens in the world of art. Her personal voice only underscores the authenticity of her professional one, and I, for one, heard the same honesty and wisdom in both. I found the insights and calm perspective in this book inspiring and helpful, not because I was blocked when I read it, but because O'Doherty's overall take on women's position in the arts is one worth bearing in mind even when we are productive.
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I bought this book looking for something to get the creative juices pumping- exercises for finding inspiration and what not. That's not what this is at all. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by A. Tinsley
A Woman's Guide to Unblocking Creativity by Susan O'Doherty is a self help book especially for women who are experiencing barriers to their creativity. Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by surbhi
Big disappointment. Not what I wanted at all. I wanted ways to get unstuck and prime the pump of inspiration. Read morePublished on October 26, 2010 by Michelle Zacharias
This is a marvelous, insightful book, essential for women who've experienced any sort of barriers to creativity. Read morePublished on October 10, 2007 by Diorama
I don't doubt that this book might be useful to some people, but it really isn't useful to me. I thought there would be lots of handy tips and fun writing exercises, but no. Read morePublished on July 19, 2007 by A. Carey