How obsessive are you?
Writer Bertil Hjert asks:
“Are you neat? Do you like to keep everything organized, orderly and tidy? While these are great character traits in the normal course for both your work environment and your home environment, they can become confining when taken to an extreme.”
From article Do You Want to Understand More About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?, by Bertil Hjert, author of the Panic Goodbye program.
Creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD thinks obsession is a more or less necessary element of creative achievement – at least the healthy variety of obsession.
He thinks “Negative obsessions are a true negative for everyone, but most creators — and all would-be creators — simply aren’t obsessed enough. For an artist, the absence of positive obsessions leads to long periods of blockage, repetitive work that bores the artist himself, and existential ailments of all sorts.”
He explains, “The common wisdom of therapy has it that obsessions are always bad things… But suppose a person is caught up thinking day and night about her current painting or about the direction she wants to take her art?
“Thoughts about painting ‘intrude’ as she balances her checkbook or prepares her shopping list. She can hardly wait to get to her studio and her rhythms are more like Picasso’s on painting jags than like the rhythms of a ‘normal’ person. This artist is obsessed in an everyday sense of the word–and more than happy to be so!”
Continued in article: Positive Obsessions To Be Creative.
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Article publié pour la première fois le 30/03/2015