Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

Kay Redfield Jamison


The definitive paintings at the profound and fabulous hyperlinks among manic-depression and creativity, from the bestselling psychologist of bipolar issues who wrote An Unquiet Mind.

One of the most important psychologists in the United States, “Kay Jamison is it seems that one of the few who've a profound figuring out of the connection that exists among artwork and insanity” (William Styron).

The anguished and unstable depth linked to the creative temperament used to be considered a symptom of genius or eccentricity abnormal to artists, writers, and musicians. Her paintings, in accordance with her examine as a scientific psychologist and researcher in temper issues, finds that many artists topic to exalted highs and despairing lows have been actually engaged in a fight with clinically identifiable manic-depressive illness.

Jamison offers evidence of the organic foundations of this sickness and applies what's identified in regards to the disease to the lives and works of a few of the world's maximum artists together with Lord Byron, Vincent Van Gogh, and Virginia Woolf.

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