Touched With Fire (Google eBook)
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 TemperamentUser 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For research - a bit outdated but very interesting Read full review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 TemperamentUser 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
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