When we consider how our minds tend to obsess over what troubles or frustrates us, we're usually referring to a familiar sort of pointless ruminating. And that's just depressing. Such ruminating may mean you're too stuck to be creative or find a way to take action.
When psychotherapist and creativity coach Eric Maisel, Ph.D., and Ann Maisel write about obsessions, though, they're referring to a much more positive phenomenon: productive obsessions. In their new book, Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions, the Maisels gently and thoroughly detail what they mean.
How can we writers and artists keep renewing our motivation and keep feeling inspired? By learning to make better use of the brain's potential. In a way, the Maisels are talking about flow here. Or, if you will, deep focus, or engagement, or mindfulness.
Here's what you need to know about productive obsessions: