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

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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. is a licensed family therapist, a creativity coach, and author of more than 40 books. He also conducts writing workshops and trains creativity coaches.

His books include:

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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

Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 7/27/2010             Program Number: 3372

Music Playlist

From Album: New Friend
Artist: Eugene Friesen with Paul Halley
1986 Living Music #LMRCD-7
Opening Essay: Track 01 First Ride
Music Break 1: Track 01 First Ride (reprise)
Music Break 2: Track 09 Full Circle
Music Break 3: Track 09 Full Circle (reprise)