Touched With Fire (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 18, 1996 - Psychology - 384 pages
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The definitive work on the profound and surprising links between manic-depression and creativity, from the bestselling psychologist of bipolar disorders who wrote An Unquiet Mind.

One of the foremost psychologists in America, “Kay Jamison is plainly among the few who have a profound understanding of the relationship that exists between art and madness” (William Styron).

The anguished and volatile intensity associated with the artistic temperament was once thought to be a symptom of genius or eccentricity peculiar to artists, writers, and musicians. Her work, based on her study as a clinical psychologist and researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists subject to exalted highs and despairing lows were in fact engaged in a struggle with clinically identifiable manic-depressive illness.

Jamison presents proof of the biological foundations of this disease and applies what is known about the illness to the lives and works of some of the world's greatest artists including Lord Byron, Vincent Van Gogh, and Virginia Woolf.
  

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Review: Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

User Review  - Sammy Nickalls - Goodreads

For research - a bit outdated but very interesting Read full review

Review: Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

User Review  - Vivienne Strauss - Goodreads

This book is way too dense with statistical information for the lay person, more for professionals who are geared toward research. An Unquiet Mind was much more useful. I'm quitting at page 75. Read full review

Contents

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COULD IT BE MADNESSTHIS?
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THE MINDS CANKER IN ITS SAVAGE MOOD
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APPENDIXES
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NOTES
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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Page 20 - I have of late — but wherefore I know not — lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises ; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory ; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.

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Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, is the bestselling author of An Unquiet Mind, Touched with Fire, and other books. She is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has been named a “Hero of Medicine” by Time.

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