The Power of Productive Obsession with Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

How can we use our brain power to fuel our passions and creativity? The word obsession has been high jacked for over a century. Eric Maisel has returned the power of the word “obsession” to us, and shows how we can be served by our “productive obsessions.” He says, “My unproductive clients obsessed, but about negative things; these obsessions are the more customary ones we think about when we hear the word obsession those worrisome obsessions. I was really curious if I could help people create and nurture productive obsessions… and this book is an outgrowth of working with people on creating and nurturing productive obsessions.” Why is it that we waste so much time? Why is that that most of us believe in our own potential, but are often disappointed by our efforts? What stops us from knowing, what we truly love to do? These questions and much more are covered in this dialogue. (hosted by Michael Toms)

Eric Maisel, Ph.D., holds degrees in philosophy, creative writing, and counseling psychology. He hosts two shows on the Personal Life Media Network, and writes a monthly “Coaching the Artist Within” column forArt Calendar Magazine. He lectures and provides workshops nationally and internationally, and has written more than 30 books, including Coaching the Artist Within (New World Library 2005), Fearless Creating(Tarcher 1995), Van Gogh’s Blues: The Creative Person’s Path Through Depression (New World Library 2007), and with his wife, Ann Maisel, Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsession (New World Library 2010). To learn more about the work of Eric Maisel go to

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • What is a productive obsession versus a nonproductive one
  • What is a brainstorm
  • How the word “obsession” got high jacked
  • What is the three step process in eradicating negative thoughts
  • What are the three keys in manifesting your productive obsession
  • What is the relationship between depression and obsession
  • Why it is important to develop an anxiety management arsenal
  • Why you shouldn’t throw away your productive obsessions too quickly