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

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, highpowered attorneys, and academics-- often include anxiety, overthinking, mania, sadness, and despair.

Specifically, Dr. Maisel examines:
• "racing brain syndrome"
• living in an antiintellectual 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 mustread for parents of gifted children as well as the millions of smart and creative people that are searching for a more meaningful life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573246262
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 524,998
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Challenges of Smart xiii

Chapter 1 Smartness Disparaged 1

Chapter 2 Smart Work as Oxymoron 13

Chapter 3 Original, Formed, and Available Personalities 25

Chapter 4 Our Experimental Model 37

Chapter 5 The Logic of Mania 47

Chapter 6 Features of a Racing Brain 59

Chapter 7 The Smart Gap 71

Chapter 8 Thinking Anxiety 83

Chapter 9 The Lure of Language and Logic 95

Chapter 10 The Lure of Mysticism 107

Chapter 11 A Firm but Not Proud Conviction 119

Chapter 12 Unreasonable Self-Pestering 131

Chapter 13 The Pain of Appraising 143

Chapter 14 The God-Bug Syndrome 155

Chapter 15 Coming to Grips with Meaning 169

Chapter 16 Making Daily Meaning 181

Chapter 17 Embracing Shifting Meanings 195

Chapter 18 Exercising Your Brain 207

Chapter 19 A Blueprint for Smart 219

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Why Smart People Hurt: A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive, and the Creative 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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.