Eric Maisel, PhD

Eric Maisel, PhD, is the author of more than fifty books in the areas of creativity, the creative life, coaching, life purpose and meaning, writing, and critical psychology and critical psychiatry. His books include Fearless Creating, Coaching the Artist Within, The Power of Daily Practice, Why Smart People Hurt, and Redesign Your Mind. Dr. Maisel, widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach, is a retired psychotherapist, active creativity coach, and critical psychology advocate. He writes the Rethinking Mental Health blog for Psychology Today, with three-million-plus views; lectures nationally and internationally; and delivers keynotes for organizations like the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He created and is the lead editor for the Ethics International Press Critical Psychology and Critical Psychiatry Series. Dr. Maisel has facilitated deep writing workshops in locations like Paris, London, New York, Dublin, Prague, and Rome, provided reporters with hundreds of print, radio, and television interviews, and taught tens of thousands of students through his online classes. You can learn more about his workshops, trainings, books, and services at and more about Kirism, the contemporary philosophy of life that he has developed, at
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