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Churchill's Black Dog, Kafka's Mice, and Other Phenomena of the Human Mind (1988)

by Anthony Storr

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A collection of essays from one of England's most distinguished psychiatrists. Its theme is creativity. What internal dynamic forces artists, scientists and politicians to devote so much time and energy to creative invention? It examines the impulses which drove such figures as Churchill and Newton.
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Freud defined psychological health as being able to love and work. The majority of the essays included in this collection are more concerned with the latter activity than with the former.
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Contents: Churchill : The Man (1969) -- Kafka's Sense of Identity (1985) -- Isaac Newton (1985) -- C.P. Snow (1988) -- Othello and the Psychology of Sexual Jealousy (1988) -- Aspects of Adult Development (1988) -- Psychoanalysis and Creativity (1985) -- Intimations of Mystery (1986) -- Jung's Conception of Personality (1987) -- Why Psychoanalysis Is Not a Science (1987) -- The Psychology of Symbols (1987) -- Sanity of True Genius (1985) -- Why Human Beings Become Violent (1988) -- Psychiatric Responsibility in the Open Society (1974)
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'Extremely engaging...A book full of good moments and humane insights.' Alan Ryan, Observer This book collects the essays of one of England's best-known and most distinguished psychiatrists. Its theme is creativity. What internal dynamic forces artists, scientists and politicians to devote so much time and energy to creative invention? Anthony Storr weighs and tests Freud's theory that creativity is the result of dissatisfaction by examining the impulses which drove such figures as Churchill, Kafka and Newton. Whether he is exploring the 'divine discontent' that motivates creativity, analysing Jung's mid-life crisis, assessing the psychology of jealousy in Othello or denouncing the abuses of psychiatry, Storr brings wisdom, erudition and compassion to all his subjects in this highly readable and human collection, which is accessible to those who know nothing about psychoanalysis as well as to those who know a great deal.

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