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Touched With Fire: Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Kay Redfield Jamison
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Kurzbeschreibung

18. Oktober 1996
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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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Free Press; Auflage: Free Press Pape. (18. Oktober 1996)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 068483183X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684831831
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,4 x 14 x 2,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (17 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 70.341 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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The march of science in explaining human nature continues. In Touched With Fire, Jamison marshals a tremendous amount of evidence for the proposition that most artistic geniuses were (and are) manic depressives. This is a book of interest to scientists, psychologists, and artists struggling with the age-old question of whether psychological suffering is an essential component of artistic creativity. Anyone reading this book closely will be forced to conclude that it is. Very Highly Recommended. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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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. Kay Jamison's 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 Byron, Van Gogh, Schumann and Woolf.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not a book for people who like to think critically 4. Dezember 1999
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I chose to read this book because I have had personal experience with manic-depressive illness in a close friend of mine and have always wondered if her abilities would be less were it not for her illness. Today though, I wish I had made a different choice.
As Jamison herself writes, the main purpose of the book is to show that there is a significant correlation between artistic temperament and manic-depressive illness. At least to me, this simple thesis has always seemed relatively uncontroversial and could have been addressed in a few dozen pages before moving on to more interesting issues such as, for example, what this teaches us about the nature of art and the nature of manic-depression. Instead, we get about two hundred endless pages consisting of a deluge of quotations, literal or paraphrased, from artists, researchers and philosophers rained down ad nauseam on the hapless reader with precious little critical thinking in between. Although some might argue that more data is always better than less, it seems doubtful that anyone not convinced of the artistic/manic-depression association by a few well chosen arguments will see the light because they have been force-fed extra verses from yet another romantic poet. To compound the problem, the book is completely lacking in the systematic analytical thinking that one would expect from a scientist; to give a single example, what is meant by artistic temperament is never elucidated. Considering that entire tomes are devoted to the meaning of art, a definition by context is a cavalier treatment indeed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Insight, too much detail 10. April 2000
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As one not far removed from the struggles faced by those with bipolar and depressive illnesses, I found, as I did with reading THE UNQUIET MIND, that Kate Jamison's insight into the issue of creative talent and mental illness is sensitive, far reaching, and compassionate. But unlike that first book, TOUCHED WITH FIRE tends more toward the academic, complete with voluminous footnotes. It was a good read, though I suspect that many will find her theorems are so laboriously supported (and documented) as to be meant for the academic world, not the lay person. It could be laborious, read cover to cover. Read this book to learn the nature and texture of mental illness, but treasure it much more than that for it's many references to our famous poets, authors and artists, complete with historical letters and quotes. Be patient, and be willing to simply skip part of a chapter to save valuable time and find yet another gem of some first hand account about an author or poet you always thought must have suffered to have the insight they do!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen interesting but irresponsible 12. Mai 1999
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I really wish people would quit associating creativity with mental illness, especially the so-called "experts" in the field such as the author of this book. She wrote the book on manic depressive illness back in the day, she suffers from it herself and yet she could not refrain from what constitutes bad science in the scholarship of this book. How do we know the artists and poets in this book were bipolar? We do not as they are long dead, of natural causes or by their own hand. Anne Sexton was mentally ill most of her creative life, but was never correctly diagnosed and spent her time between thorazine and alcohol, self-medicating with the latter up until her suicide. We do not know that she was bipolar though. Nor do we know that of Sylvia Plath or TS Eliot. If this book is meant to bring some meaning to the bipolar person's creative existence, it succeeds, but at the expense of the bipolar's sanity. A person should not quit meds in order to get in touch with the creative self. The author does not condone this, but it sure doesn't look that way when you read this book and find yourself convinced of her premise: madness and creativity go hand in hand. I do not know any bipolar people who plan to quit lithium and get in touch with the inner muse, and the bipolar people that I do know are pretty disgusted with this book overall. Left untreated, lots of people could end up like Van Gogh (was he indeed bipolar?), but couldn't a room full of chimps on typewriters also come up with one Shakespeare manuscript?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent book 10. November 1999
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I don't think Dr. jamison did anything irresponsable here. Nor did I find her grasping at scientific straws as I've heard it implied. My sister who read the book brought up the concern that I read here several times, which is, how did Dr. Jamison know these ppl were bipolar? She never claimed absolutely that they were. She did however point out very suspicious and in my opinion serious patterns and events that matched what we now know of bipolar. The illness is not *that* hit and miss. I think the ethiccal questions she raised were important. No, every bipolar is not an artistic genius, though overall bipolars are *more* creative than non bipolars. What happens to this creativity when we cure bipolar disorder? It's a good question. And a good book. People's personal distaste for or fear of mental illness notwithstanding, any open mind will find it's not making false claims, or glorifying pain. It's just examining some questions that should be brought to light.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It's hard to write objectively about your own illness.
Personally, I think she should have called it 'The Bell Jar Curve'
Veröffentlicht am 23. Dezember 1999 von Amazon Customer
3.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating but scholarly
The biographical content and thesis of this book are wonderful. However, for a lay audience it sometimes wanders into the academic arcane. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 19. November 1999 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen A dangerous conclusion.
The best thing about Kay R. Jamison's book "Touched With Fire" is the biographical content. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen This book changed my life and made me realize I'M NOT CRAZY!
Touched With Fire is by far the most life changing book I have ever read. Having suffered with Cyclothymia as long as I can remember, and also being an extremely creative person,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 28. August 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Thank You
Though not perfect, this book helped me to understand my and my family's struggle with various forms of manic depression and depression. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Remarkable insight into this pathology
I was so moved by this book. I sent a copy to a loved one right away. The disapproving reviews I have compassion with as it the book does emphasise the positive aspects of the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. April 1999 von GREEN-JAM@webtv.net
5.0 von 5 Sternen This Book Helped ME
If you or a loved one are trying to understand bi-polar disorder this is a fantastic book.
Am 25. März 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Impeccably, hauntingly, frightfully well-researched.
Though merely a layman, I enjoyed this book im mensly, and continue to refer to it on occasion. My husband purchased a copy for me while was confined to our local hospital's... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. März 1999 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Hey, stop taking your lithium!
It's interesting. I'll give her that much. But first of all, Jamison has some misleading information in that not everyone she lists was necessarily suffering from bipolar. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 12. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht
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