Taking Advantage of Adversity

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What if 75 percent of what we now call depression is actually unresolved grief? What if anger is actually an untapped energy source for creativity? What if obsessive worry is actually restrained passion? Clinical psychologist Dr. Gail C. Feldman casts tragedy in a new light as she presents grief as a catalyst for creativity. Portraits of a wide range of historical figures including the biblical Job, van Gogh, Gandhi, and Michelangelo, plus clinical case studies, illustrate how pain and depression can be transformed into powerful expressions of the self. The author's work in this field provides a map for finding possibilities and creativity among the ruins of personal loss and sudden life change.