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The Creativity Cure: A Do-It-Yourself Prescription for Happiness Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451636784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451636789
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1)“Aninvaluable action guide to creating opportunities for greater joy, purpose, andmeaning through self-expression.” (Library Journal)

"The Creativity Cure is a most welcome addition to the literature on personal and relationship transformation. From working with several thousand couples over the years, Kathlyn and I have become strong proponents of creativity for the transformation of relationships. The same is true for personal transformation: creativity is often the missing piece, the absence of which has been sending distress signals in the form of anxiety and depression. The Drs. Barron have done a marvelous job in bringing this often-hidden factor to light. I highly recommend that you read this book."

—Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., author of Conscious Living and coauthor with Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, of Conscious Loving

"The Creativity Cure rocks! The Barrons have written a prescription for happiness. Follow the doctors' orders and you can't help but feel better."

—Peter Criss, founding member of KISS and author of Makeup to Breakup

“The Barrons have outlined a clear and achieveable step-by-step process that allows anyone to not only heal but to unlock our individual road map for a powerful, happy and fulfilling life."
–Bob Woodruff, ABC Correspondent and author of In an Instant

About the Author

Carrie Barron, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist/psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons who also has a private practice in New York City. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, won several academic awards, and presented original works on creativity and psychoanalysis at national meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 
Alton Barron, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is currently the President of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has been the surgeon for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera for more than a decade. Dr. Barron is a consultant for CBS and has appeared on the CBS Early Show. He has also written for The New York Times, was listed in The New York Times Magazine as one of the 2009 Super Docs, and has published extensively in multiple peer-reviewed journals.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By P A Brown on July 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Drs. Carrie and Alton Barron -- a psychiatrist and orthopedic surgeon respectively -- have written an engaging book aimed at those suffering from mild-to-moderate depression and/or anxiety who haven't found relief from medication or traditional therapies. "The Creativity Cure" puts the power to heal in your hands, using introspection, new ways of thinking, the body, nature and other creative tools to achieve a happier, more productive life.

The program the Barrons have designed is at once challenging and novel. Their five part prescription for happiness calls for dedication and hard work. Their suggestions for "Mind Shift," for example, asks you to rework the very way your mind works, turning thoughts that can drag you down into positive thinking. Not easy, but very rewarding.

Where the Barrons really shine is in their chapters involving using your hands and body as instruments with the power to heal. This is where "The Creativity Cure" shows how sincerely, earnestly and deeply the Drs. Barron want you to succeed. Here you are the mechanism by which you can achieve happiness. Write a story, bake a cake, build a birdhouse, run, jump, dance and triumph over your dark moods. DO something!!

The book's introduction is by Bruce Springsteen, someone who knows a lot about creating happiness with his own hands. A more appropriate endorsement cannot be imagined.

"The Creativity Cure" is enlightening, empathetic and often funny. It limns achievable goals in cleverly designed chapters that highlight key points and emphasize expected results, while referencing ancient and modern sages. The program asks a lot of you, but delivers more. Create your own happiness, be responsible for it and exalt in your achievement!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mary on May 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book has taught me how important it is to combine the components of my daily world. My mind, my body, and my hands all need to be working on a daily basis. It is an easy path to follow and it brings small positive changes right away. I forgot how much I liked to use my hands,and just spending a short time doing this allows my mind to relax. Carrie and Alton have done an incredible amount of research and are so positive. A great insight for everyone.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bill Roach on June 7, 2012
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Writing a review for this book presents an unusual challenge because the stated goal of the book is not merely to provide information, but to provide a self-help psychological program. It seems that in order to fairly review the book, one should undertake to follow the prescribed program.

To summarize the purpose of the book:

"The whole point of a therapeutic process is to help you feel better, to enjoy your life, to be happier. The Creativity Cure is a creative, do-it-yourself therapeutic process that is designed to make you more satisfied with your life and yourself through purposeful engagements that foster Creative Capacity. Creative Capacity leads you to your True Self and your Creative Self." (p. 255).

The book lists and describes some related mental syndromes which can be addressed by the program. Descriptions of each syndrome facilitate self-diagnosis (page 3 ff):

Sadness
Dissatisfaction
Mild to moderate depression
Mild to moderate anxiety
Rumination
Overstimulation

The prescribed program includes five areas of daily activity, to be undertaken for seven weeks:

"... the steps of the Five-Part Prescription: Insight, Movement, Mind Rest, Your Own Two Hands, and Mind Shift. You are going to devote at least one hour per day, for seven weeks, to the 5PP: ten minutes for Insight, fifteen minutes for Movement, five minutes for Mind Rest, twenty minutes for Your Own Two Hands, and ten minutes for Mind Shift." (p. 50)

I am recently retired, and have tried to engage in a less formal program including three of the five recommended parts: Insight, Movement, and Your Own Two Hands. For the use of hands, I have engaged in yard work and home maintenance, and have planned to get involved in wood working.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Camille Susan Lachar on September 5, 2013
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Gets you thinking and makes you want to start moving yourself in a positive direction. I recommend this book highly to those that want to make a change.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ksc67 on March 3, 2013
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It's good material but maybe I'm not ready yet. I dunno but I haven't given up. I'll keep on trying.
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