- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: New World Library (December 28, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577316045
- ISBN-13: 978-1577316046
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""The Van Gogh Blues" is a courageous and insightful gift to all writers, artists, and others whose efforts and hopes have been hobbled by depression. Eric Maisel shows us how to stay out of depression's clutches so that we can consistently move forward with dignity, resolve, and unassailable passion."--Sharon Lebell, author of "The Art of Living"
"Maisel's concepts in "The Van Gogh Blues" are right on the mark and address an area that is critically important and largely neglected. In addition, his writing style is superb."--John Preston, Psy.D., author of "Consumer's Guide to Psychiatric Drugs"
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"Maisel persuasively argues that creative individuals measure their happiness and success by how much meaning they create in their work.”
Rather than shunning conventional treatments such as antidepressants and therapy, Maisel espouses confrontation with what seems like the existential pit of despair, the place creators often find themselves when looking for meaning in their work and the world. The Van Gogh Blues will help you remain true to your artistic calling and give you a medicine chest of tips and advice you can leverage if the Black Dog or another pernicious emotional booby trap snarls behind your canvas.”
Jeffrey M. Freedman, screenwriter, Vivaldi, and journalist-author
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I hesitated to buy this at first because I have some other books of Maisel's and he does tend to repeat ideas. This book does have some of the same ideas but they are through a slightly different lens and focus and since I HAD already been introduced to them I understood them much better. So it was worth it.
Maisel's books advocate "more action and less berating!" and suggest steps through meaninglessness to create a satisfying life for ones self.
Dr. Maisel is very good at explaining difficult psychological concepts, like existentialism and cognitive therapy, in a way that lay people can understand them. The book is revelatory and practical. I highly recommend the book to anyone, not just artists. All of us have to create meaning in our lives. True, artists slam into this issue more frequently than most people, but anyone can benefit from reading this book.