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I’ve read and re-read it several times. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Initially it’s hard to tell whether insights like these are the film’s own, or whether they’re simply tire the worldview of bipolar freestylist Marco Luke Kirbywho goes by his poet name “Luna” because he believes he is from the Moon.

What shocks the virtuous philosopher, delights the camelion Poet. Are you suddenly artistically gifted? Many artists perceive the wide range and extremes of emotion central to not only the ability to produce creative work, but also to the human condition itself. The possible importance redffield the circadian system in its pathogenesis is suggested by the capacity of experimental alterations in the timing of sleep and wakefulness to alter clinical state. Though in the vast majority of cases examined here the family history of the individual had as much if not greater influence on the incident of depressive illness as any creative talent.

But at the same time, severe mental illness kills people. I can’t say I actually believe in that …more I think so in iwth of writing because I’ve had that happen. Where we draw the lines between healthy and aberrant, should not be touxhed the hands of the pathologically unemotional. I added both editions, oops.

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. Jamison’s research is nuanced and fascinating, causing us to reconsider how we view both our society’s tendency to medicate and the possibility that madness can be channeled into something productive. Jamison’s thesis is that artists are disproportionately manic-depressive — that manic-depressive illness and to a lesser extent unipolar depression are correlated with creativity.


I’m type two bipolar, so none of the information in the book was very new to me, and a lot of the stuff she’d talk about would be discussed over and over. Speed per se, that is, the quantity of thoughts and associations produced in a given period of time, may be enhanced.

And why should so many artists and writers have another peak of productivity during the autumn months? I have been unconsciously until recently been drawn over and over again to this subject, this connection between what this author describes as the ‘Artistic Temperament,’ and in this case Manic-Depressive Illness. Dalio’s film mirrors the disorder of his protagonists. The film isn’t officially an adaptation of the book—the film was originally titled Mania Daysand writer-director Paul Dalio, who is himself bipolar, is the sole screenplay credit.

Touched With Fire

Episodic mania and depression may also reflect disturbances in ultradian rhythms, those that oscillate more than once a day, which are common at the cellular level and in hormone secretion, as well as in such autonomic functions as circulation, blood pressure, respiration, heart rate, and in the cycles of sleep. Byron who is featured on the cover of my edition with the fearful symmetry of his DNAfeatures prominently. The ability to concentrate is usually greatly impaired and willful action and thought become difficult if not impossible.

Jan 31, Kirsten rated it really liked it Shelves: Jamison herself does not romanticise any of the painful lives she writes about. She covers the relationship between creativity and mood disorders sympathetically and without reductionism. In terms of becoming mystics 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.

Nothing is romantic about weeping in bed for days on end or quitting jobs because of a chaotic, racing mind. While appropriate in her memoir, her affinity with her subjects introduces an emotional element into an otherwise scientific text that is jarring.

Refresh and try again. Fascinating, often heartbreaking stuff. But being depressed and maniac, it powers a lot more a terrible state of being, I mean, for artists.


TOUCHED WITH FIRE by Kay Redfield Jamison | Kirkus Reviews

This is most obviously seen when there is no unique conclusion. It is particularly refreshing in that it weaves back and forth between science and art: Open Preview See a Problem?

As the author of An Unquiet Mindshe’s certainly been through tuoched of the trials these same artists suffered in their times. I must mention in passing that some reviewers seemed to have missed the distinction between explanation, correlation, and interaction. This is in contrast to schizophrenia, which is usually a chronic and relatively unrelenting illness characterized by, among other things, an inability to reason clearly. This is an exhaustive look and study at those connections.

She does not seek to “explain” creativity in a reductive way as the result of mental illness.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jamison to write a long review about, though. Published October 18th by Free Press first published January 1st Shelley’s belief that poetry “marries exultation and horror, grief and pleasure, eternity and change,” and that it “subdues to union, under its light yoke, all irreconcilable things,” was in sympathy not only with the views of Byron but those of Keats as well. It does no harm from its relish of the dark side of things any more than from its taste for the bright one; because they both end in speculation.

Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. But one reason I found the book just okay is rather jamisson Perturbed and constant motion, coupled with a brooding awareness of life’s impermanence, also mark the transient and often bleak nature of Byron’s work.

Janison to this book Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition: I believe her thesis, but the ” Jamison’s thesis is that artists are disproportionately manic-depressive — that manic-depressive illness and to a lesser extent unipolar depression are correlated with creativity.