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Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament Paperback – October 18, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Next...Jamison makes an excellent case for the link between bipolar disorder and creativity. The methodology she uses tends to be dependent upon case studies of particular artists and the information available from their own writings as well as their family backgrounds and family lineage. It is a well-known fact that many of the psychiatric disorders have both a genetic and an environmental component. Jamison obviously is learned enough and has enough background in neuroscience and psychiatry, to be able to tie the information often gleaned separately in these fields, together in a more comprehensive whole. No, Jamison does not prove beyond a shadow of a doubt the concept that many writers/artists are plagued by bipolararity...but she sure makes a heck of a case for the previously surmised existence of a link!Read more ›
Want to know more about what psychological researchers have been discovering about this long-acknowledged link since the Prozac Revolution? Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychologist at Johns Hopkins, presents as "evidence" a series of recent statistical studies of creative men and women that reveal a definite relationship between the long-ellusive and hard-to-diagnose illness and the personality traits researchers suspect are inherent in successful creative activity. While that's not anything particularly new or groundbreaking--the dry opening chapters are perhaps a little too technical for the information Jamison seeks to convey to a general audience--"Touched With Fire" may help to dispel some of the confusion among "normal" family members and friends who are often too quick to label the artists and writers among them as "messed up" or "weird" or "skitzy.Read more ›
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This is a great read expressing reference to the great artist and genius minds of people with manic-depressive illness. Read morePublished 3 months ago by silencenomore
Another amazing book by Kay Redfield. The fine line between genius and insanity. Is it biological? Kay Renfield shows evidence of family trees of multiple "mad genius". Read morePublished 3 months ago by R.Bellessa
I HAVEN''T STARTED BOOK MORE THAN A COUPLE OF CHAPTERS. KNEW IT WOULD BE AN INTERESTING READ BECAUSE OF THE
AUTHOR'S PREVIOUS BOOK I HAD READ. IT IS GOOD.
Note: This review was originally written to address "Born Under Saturn - The Character and Conduct of Artists: A Documented History from Antiquity to the French Revolution"... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Avid