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Eric Maisel Ph.D.


Eric Maisel, PhD, is the author of more than 40 books. He founded the profession of creativity coaching and is widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach. A licensed family therapist, he is the developer of natural psychology, the new psychology of meaning, and writes the Rethinking Psychology blog for Psychology Today.

His books include Natural Psychology, Rethinking Depression, Coaching the Artist Within, Mastering Creative Anxiety, Fearless Creating, and The Van Gogh Blues. He teaches at workshop centers like Esalen, Kripalu, Omega, Hollyhock, the Open Center and Rowe and internationally in London, Paris, Prague, Berlin and Rome.

He maintains a creativity coaching practice, trains creativity coaches, offers classes with the Academy for Optimal Living, and facilitates Deep Writing workshops around the world.

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Posts by Eric Maisel Ph.D.:

  • Not Magnifying Difficulty

  • April 10th, 2013
    We cause our own distress if we magnify the difficulty of our tasks. Our tasks are already real: there is no need to magnify them. Our language should not make hills into mountains. Making mountains out of hills is a [...]

  • Repeat The Healing

  • April 3rd, 2013
    Say that we receive a tremendous blow or maybe many tremendous blows. Maybe it’s constant belittlement in childhood. Maybe it’s too much chaos and punishment. We take that in and we become less than and different [...]

  • Tolerating A Difficult Thought

  • March 27th, 2013
    Maybe there’s some big thing that you know that you need to do. Maybe it’s changing your job, leaving home, separating from your mate or stopping your drinking. This thing feels so huge, dangerous, and consequential [...]

  • Quick Meaning Repair

  • March 20th, 2013
    We’ve been chatting about emotional health as an ability that you can improve by instituting useful habits. Last week we looked at the following important habit: the habit of identifying a challenge (like chronic sadness [...]

  • The Emotional Wellness Habit

  • March 13th, 2013
    Last week I introduced you to the idea that emotional health is an ability that’s in your power to nurture. Let’s continue chatting about this! Let’s say that a feature of your original personality is that you [...]

  • Dealing Well With Life

  • March 6th, 2013
    Emotional health is not the same as happiness. As odd as it sounds, emotional health is a certain sort of ability.  It is the ability to deal well with life. If someone criticizes you and you fall apart, that extreme [...]

  • Who Should Decide What’s Best For You?

  • February 27th, 2013
    I’ve been doing a lot of work in recent years helping people create their own personal vision of emotional health. The media and mental health professionals paint one sort of picture, one dominated by the medical model, [...]