About the Book
…is an operating handbook for the creative person…and for their friends, family and colleagues.
The stories of creative people living wild, uncontrollable lives of madness, genius and selfishness are now a staple of the gossip and celebrity magazines. These abound with tales of outrageous behaviour and its inevitable consequences: broken relationships and damaged lives. The ‘artistic temperament’ has now entered the cultural mainstream. While their work may be admired, artists are dismissed as self-indulgent or undisciplined. In some circles the term creative is tinged with contempt. There’s even a website on the 10 reasons why creative people drive the rest of us crazy. As a consequence of extensive research (and the experience of a composer/performer and psychologist living and working together) – Jeff and Julie have worked out what is going on inside the minds of creative people. Living With A Creative Mind describes a new simpler model of the creative process, and shows how creative people have different ways of interacting with the world as a result. Their framework – The Nine Dimensions of the Creative Mind explains why creative people are the way they are, and do the things they do. On the basis of this understanding Jeff and Julie are able to show how we can help creative people to lead a long and productive creative life while avoiding the pitfalls and the perils.
Creative people can sometimes be susceptible to an internal tug of war between the purity of their craft; it’s organic creative expression, and monetary success – as if the two are somehow diametrically opposed. This tug of war can also have in tow the questions of where your creative gifts belong and whether we should[…]
Learning to live as a creative person within the 9 – 5 pressure of the day-to-day is the creative’s greatest challenge. Society tells us to stay within the lines, to play by the rules and protect our boundaries – while simultaneously, as creatives, we’re trying to live in the moment, follow our hearts and think[…]
It wasn’t until I listened to Jeff and Julie talk on creativity that my mind was opened to new thoughts on process; lifestyle; resolution. My worldview was given a space to voice itself. It was like opening a can of worms. An environment stuffed full of creatives is an interesting place. They likened it to[…]
For a married couple, trying to be united in mind and heart, we’ve both approached our creativity from two very different places. One of us has used it as one of the main driving forces behind our career. The other simply enjoys exploring it as an expression of life. Yet both of us have found[…]
The truth we learned from Jeff and Julie Crabtree, was something we already knew, but not sure we believed it: a creative mind is valuable. There have been many times in our lives where we wished that we were wired in a more practical, linear way. That’s not us. We both have a creative mind,[…]
Being exposed to Jeff and Julie’s teaching has broadened my perspective and knowledge of the arts. Their passion and love for high standard artistic works was transposed to their students through their out-of-the-box thinking and teaching methods. It was both a challenge and a delight to be receiving such valuable information inevitably creating a whole[…]
For a long time I did not even realize that there was such a thing as a ‘creative mind’ let alone that one needed to learn how to live with it. Honestly I was certain everyone thought exactly the same way. I thought it was normal to crave drama to the point of sabotaging relationships,[…]