A New Look at Overcoming Creative Anxiety
Creativity is the word we use for our desire to make use of our inner resources, employ our imagination, knit together our thoughts and our feelings into beautiful things like songs, quilts, or novels, and feel like the hero of our own story. It is the way that we manifest our potential, make use of our intelligence, and embrace what we love. When we create, we feel whole, useful, and devoted. Unfortunately, we often also feel anxious as we create or contemplate creating.
Have you been creating less often than you would like? Are you avoiding your creative work altogether? Anxiety may be the culprit! It is the number one problem that creative people face—and yet few know about it. Anxiety regularly stops creative people in their tracks and makes their experience of creating more painful than pleasurable. It blocks would-be creative people entirely, preventing them from realizing their dreams.
Anxiety is a natural feature of the human condition, and is much more prevalent than most people realize. If you procrastinate, resist getting to your work or marketing your work, have trouble deciding which creative project to tackle, or find completing work hard — that's anxiety. It’s everywhere in the creative process, and now you can learn what to do about it! This course identifies many of the sources of anxiety in a creative person's life, and provides you with a mastery menu of strategies and techniques to manage that anxiety, to help you create regularly and deeply.
You will learn:
- How to start and complete your creative projects without experiencing disabling anxiety
- How little-known anxiety management techniques can help enormously
- How successful artists cope with their anxiety
- What NOT to do to deal with creative anxiety
- Why mastering anxiety is the key to a rich creative life
In order to create, and to deal with all the anxiety that comes with creating, you must acknowledge and accept that it is part of the process, and learn anxiety management skills so that you can handle it when it arises, and get on with your creating. The more you understand the sources of anxiety, and build your anxiety management skills, the better you'll be able to deal with the rigors of the creative process and the realities of the creative life.
“I've already noticed my anxiety levels about writing are decreasing which is a major breakthrough. Eric Maisel really knows what the blocks are to being creative and the course is helping me dismantle them. I love the stories too, they are such a good way to get a point across and I can see myself in them.” - Carol
“Eric Maisel provides encouragement and advice and helps you work through your anxiety with courage and discipline.” - Jessica
“I have found Maisel to be especially helpful with dealing with the frustrations and struggles involved in working on creativity. He is a thoughtful guide.” - Debbie
“Great concepts to help artists of all types get through the creative process successfully. I would recommend to other creative types for sure.” - Brandon
“Maisel is a wonderful source of information and inspiration.” - Goldie
“Eric Maisel has truly made a study of the artistic personality, and the mental dilemmas that face artists.” - Nicoletta
“If you want to be creative, but are stuck, over-whelmed, feeling sorry for yourself at times, sometimes depressed, or just need a kick up the back side to get you out in the studio, this is your man! His advice is practical, clear, organized, applicable, positive, healing, and uplifting” - Noel
“I wish I would have had these tools 20 years ago. Very inspiring.” - Randy
“I have read many of Eric Maisel's books and I admire his desire to help those who want to create.” - Tim
“Eric Maisel's forthright naming of anxiety as the problem that blocks creators, and his equally forthright, but humorous and gentle, admonishments to identify it and work anyway have been so helpful for me as to be life-changing.” - Ileana
ABOUT ERIC MAISEL
Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is the author of 40+ books. His primary areas of interest are creativity, life purpose, meaning and mental health and his books include Life Purpose Boot Camp, The Life Purpose Diet, The Van Gogh Blues, Mastering Creative Anxiety and The Future of Mental Health. He writes the Rethinking Mental Health blog for Psychology Today, the Coaching the Artist Within column for Professional Artist Magazine, and leads workshops at workshop centers like Esalen, Omega and Kripalu and in locations like New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Prague, Rome and Berlin. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and maintains an active coaching practice with clients from around the world.
PreviewLesson 1 - The Anxiety of Creating and Not Creating
StartLesson 2 - The Anxiety of Mattering and Not Mattering
StartLesson 3 - The Anxiety of Identity
StartLesson 4 - The Anxiety of Surviving
StartLesson 5 - The Anxiety of Choosing
StartLesson 6 - The Anxiety of Compromising
StartLesson 7 - The Anxiety of Possibility
StartLesson 8 - The Anxiety of Working
StartLesson 9 - The Anxiety of Ruining
StartLesson 10 - The Anxiety of Failing
StartLesson 11 - The Anxiety of Ego Bruising
StartLesson 12 - The Anxiety of Performing
StartLesson 13 - The Anxiety of Selling
StartLesson 14 - The Anxiety of Procrastinating
StartLesson 15 - The Anxiety of Waiting
StartLesson 16 - The Anxiety of Repeating