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The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness with Your Own Two Hands Paperback – August 6, 2013
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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, MD, 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.
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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):
Mild to moderate depression
Mild to moderate anxiety
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. However, I have suffered from a mildly guilty feeling that I should be doing something "more significant" with my time. This book affirmed for me that it is worthwhile and very beneficial to mental well being to work with one's hands.
I also plan to informally incorporate Mind Rest and Mind Shift into my informal program. Mind Shift is very important, and is described as follows:
"the point of Mind Shift is to force yourself to honor the good things about yourself, others, your life, your past, and your circumstances, in spite of any negatives that may have happened." (p. 49)
Though I have not decided to formally follow the prescribed program, I find the book to contain valuable information, and to be beneficial to my own mental well being.