Why Smart People Hurt

Why Smart People Hurt

A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive, and the Creative

Book - 2013
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Drawing from natural psychology, offers solutions to the challenges intelligent and creative people face, describing how to use logic to cope with the difficulties of having an overactive brain.

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The challenges smart and creative people encounter--from scientific researchers, genius award winners, to bestselling novelists, Broadway actors, high-powered attorneys, and academics--often include anxiety, over-thinking, mania, sadness, and despair.

Specifically, the challenges that smart people face, including:

  • "racing brain syndrome"
  • living in an anti-intellectual culture
  • finding ideas worth loving
  • dealing with boredom and hypersensitivity
  • finding meaning in their lives and their work
  • struggling to achieve success

In Why Smart People Hurt, psychologist Dr. Eric Maisel draws on his many years of work with the best and the brightest to pinpoint these often devastating challenges and offer solutions based on the groundbreaking principles and practices of natural psychology.

His thoughtful strategies include using logic and creativity to cope with the problems of having a brain that goes into overdrive at the drop of a hat. With a series of questions at the end of each chapter, he guides the reader to create his or her own roadmap to a calm and meaningful life.

Why Smart People Hurt is a must-read for parents of gifted children as well as the millions of smart and creative people that are searching for a more meaningful life.

For more information please visit: www.whysmartpeoplehurt.com

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Conari Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781573246262
Branch Call Number: 153.98 MAISE
Characteristics: 230 pages ; cm


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Oct 16, 2017

Whew, is this book a stinker! I found the tone smarmy, melodramatic, impossible to read. Yes, bright people can have some messed-up lives; I know, I'm one of 'em, my family's loaded with 'em. This book is not, alas, gonna help people like us. I'd love to read something by, oh let's say Po Bronson, with this title.

Feb 06, 2015

This was a disappointment. It is not a guide, not helpful or enlightening.


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