Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions

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New World Library, Sep 24, 2010 - Self-Help - 216 pages
It’s true: a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Yet that’s what we do when we spend our weekend — and neurons — reliving a workplace squabble, spend a family visit chewing over childhood issues, or spend hours beating ourselves up when someone brings one of our own long-held (but never worked on) ideas to fruition. This kind of obsessing gets us, like a hamster on a wheel, nowhere. But as noted creativity expert Eric Maisel asserts, obsessing productively leads to fulfillment rather than frustration. A productive obsession, whether an idea for a novel, a business, or a vaccine, is chosen deliberately and pursued with determination. In this provocative, practical guide, Maisel coaches you to use the tendency to obsess to your creative advantage, fulfilling both your promise and your promises to yourself.

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Eric Maisel, PhD, is the author of more than thirty works of fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction titles include Coaching the Artist Within, Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, The Creativity Book, Performance Anxiety, Ten Zen Seconds, A Writer’s San Francisco, and A Writer’s Paris. A columnist for Art Calendar magazine, Maisel is a creativity coach and creativity coach trainer who presents keynote addresses and workshops nationally and internationally. Maisel holds undergraduate degrees in philosophy and psychology, master’s degrees in counseling and creative writing, and a doctorate in counseling psychology. He is also a California-licensed marriage and family therapist. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit to learn more about Dr. Maisel, or drop him a line at To learn about his innovative breathing-and-thinking techniques, visit

Ann Maisel is a former librarian, English teacher, and school administrator who is now engaged in researching the productive obsessions of historical and contemporary figures. She coauthored, with her husband, Eric, What Would Your Character Do?, a collection of personality quizzes for fiction writers to use as they develop their characters. Her productive obsessions have included reading and teaching world literature and playing with clay. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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