Why Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive, and the Creative

Why Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive, and the Creative

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by Eric Maisel
     
 

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The challenges smart and creative people encounter—from scientific researchers, genius award winners, to bestselling novelists, Broadway actors, high-powered attorneys, and academics— often include anxiety, over-thinking, mania, sadness, and despair.
Specifically, Dr. Maisel examines:

  • “racing brain syndrome”
  • living in
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Overview

The challenges smart and creative people encounter—from scientific researchers, genius award winners, to bestselling novelists, Broadway actors, high-powered attorneys, and academics— often include anxiety, over-thinking, mania, sadness, and despair.
Specifically, Dr. Maisel examines:

  • “racing brain syndrome”
  • living in an anti-intellectual culture
  • finding ideas worth loving
  • dealing with boredom and hypersensitivity
  • finding meaning in their lives and their work
  • struggling to achieve success
In Why Smart People Hurt, psychologist Dr. Eric Maisel draws on his many years of work with the best and the brightest to pinpoint these often devastating challenges and offer solutions based on the groundbreaking principles and practices of natural psychology.
His thoughtful strategies include using logic and creativity to cope with the problems of having a brain that goes into overdrive at the drop of a hat. With a series of questions at the end of each chapter, he guides the reader to create his or her own roadmap to a calm and meaningful life.
Why Smart People Hurt
 is a must-read for parents of gifted children as well as the millions of smart and creative people that are searching for a more meaningful life. 

For more information please visit: www.whysmartpeoplehurt.com

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In his newest book on creativity, Maisel (Making Your Creative Mark), a psychotherapist, expounds on the idea of natural psychology, which holds that the key to a satisfying existence lies in making meaning, a self-defined, self-manifested psychological experience. Accordingly, he views problems such as mania, depression, insomnia, and the behavior of Kafka’s “hunger artist” not as psychiatric maladies but as natural consequences of the limited human mind interacting with a complex environment. And smart people, Maisel argues, are especially prone to these kinds of issues—their brains are wont to race without an off switch, grind away at difficult problems, create rigorous mental systems to maintain self-control, and become intensely occupied with finding meaning. In other words, smart people are very good at stressing themselves out. To combat the negative effects of these mental exertions, Maisel recommends practicing “brain awareness” (an understanding of the limitations of the mind) and gathering the courage to “stand up,” make decisions about what is meaningful for you, and focus your thinking only on what serves that decision-making process. Of course, the intended audience for this book—smart people—will immediately grasp how reductively simplistic and vague this advice is. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

"If you're so smart, why are you in so much pain? Dr. Maisel gets to the root of the special mental challenges of bright people, provides a new system for deriving meaning and joy from life, and helps you conquer the special challenges of being smart with compassionate and invaluable advice! This book will make a smart person even smarter." --Dr. Katharine Brooks, You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career

"In this insightful examination of the challenges bright individuals face, Eric Maisel explores how to reclaim your passion and to live a richer and more productive life. It's a smart move to read this wise book." --John Moir, Return of the Condor: The Race to Save Our Largest Bird from Extinction

"Eric Maisel's Why Smart People Hurt is original, provocative and also reassuring. His conceptualization of mania as a thinking disorder and his treatment for this are original ideas that to my knowledge have never before been expressed. I have taken several courses from Eric and I know personally how powerful his methods are. His principles of natural psychology are, as he describes, simple and yet immensely practical and effective." --Dr. Laurie Jo Moore, MD, ABPN, FRANZCP

"A must-read for parents of gifted children and the 1.5 billion people who find themselves in the top 20% of the world's population, Why Smart People Suffer powerfully explains the struggles of our best and our brightest and provides answers with the potential to change the lives of millions of readers." -Gail McMeekin, author of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609258856
Publisher:
Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
633 KB

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“A smart person has a desire to think, a need to think, and an ability to think. But the nature of family, school, and work, the structure of society, and the proclivities of the people around her often conspire to put out her intellectual fire.” —from the Introduction 

Meet the Author

Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is the author of more than 40 books in the areas of creativity, psychology, coaching, mental health, and cultural trends. He is a psychotherapist and creativity coach, and writes for Psychology Today and Professional Artist Magazine and presents workshops internationally. Visit him at www.ericmaisel.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have long been a fan of Dr. Maisel's books. However, this latest was a profound disappointment. His premise, that without intellectual stimulation and meaning a person will become depressed, isa sound one. Sadly, it is quickly diluted by a condescending tone and an assumption that there is one true way.of thinking - his. Throughout the early chapters, one is left with the sense that, unless he/she agrees with Dr. Maisel's beliefs, one is either not open-minded enough to accept his hypothesis or not one of the "smart" people. Pity as it turned me off from finishing. Save your $$ and buy one of his earlier books like Van Gogh Blues.