Creative Dimensions of Suffering

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Baha'i Publishing Trust, 2009 - Psychology - 176 pages
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Creative Dimensions of Suffering is an intriguing combination of psychiatry and spirituality that illustrates the power of creativity to treat suffering. An examination of the lives of many famous artists who suffered - including Van Gogh, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven - gives insight into how they dealt with their adversity through creativity. Dr. Ghadirian explores how various conditions such as alcoholism, depression, bipolar disorder, and dementia can influence a person's creative impulse and how creativity and spirituality can help a person deal with trauma. He describes the courage of many other well-known figures, such as Helen Keller and Christopher Reeve, who were able to overcome their suffering and emerge victorious over daunting odds. Finally, drawing on principles found in the teachings of the Baha'i Faith, Ghadirian attempts to explain suffering, its place in human society, and how it can lead us to a closer, happier relationship with God, as well as a better relationship with ourselves and with others. Indeed, many of those who have suffered the most have found new meaning through adversity and have emerged victorious.

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Well worth the purchase. Although I'm just beginning to read this book, it already fascinates me. Mr. Ghadirian has put together a fabulous book that can have real impacts on an individual's life. I will try to remember to update my review upon finishing the book. Written in flowing prose that is obviously backed up by knowledge, research, insight and experience. Well done! 


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A. M. Ghadirian, M.D., is a professor at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine and an emeritus physician of McGill University Health Centre. He has received several awards, including the Physician's Recognition Award from the American Medical Association, the Senior Scholar Award from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and the Distinguished Life Fellow Award of the American Psychiatric Association. He has done extensive research and published over 130 research articles primarily in scientific journals in the fields of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. He is the author of several books published in the UK.

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