The integrity of the personality (1961)
Art of Psychotherapy
Churchill’s Black Dog and Other Phenomena of the Human Mind
Feet of Clay: Saints, Sinners, and Madmen (1997)
The School of Genius (1988)
Freud: A Very Short Introduction
Human Aggression (1968)
Music and the Mind
Selected Writings Carl Jung
Solitude: A Return to the Self
The Dynamics of Creation
CHURCHILL’S BLACK DOG – Buy the book HERE
‘Extremely engaging… A book full of good moments and humane insights.’ Alan Ryan, Observer
This book collects the essays of one of England’s best-known and most distinguished psychiatrists. Its theme is creativity. What internal dynamic forces artists, scientists and politicians to devote so much time and energy to creative invention? Anthony Storr weighs and tests Freud’s theory that creativity is the result of dissatisfaction by examining the impulses which drove such figures as Churchill, Kafka and Newton.
Whether he is exploring the ‘divine discontent’ that motivates creativity, analysing Jung’s mid-life crisis, assessing the psychology of jealousy in Othello or denouncing the abuses of psychiatry, Storr brings wisdom, erudition and compassion to all his subjects in this highly readable and human collection, which is accessible to those who know nothing about psychoanalysis as well as to those who know a great deal.
Publication Date: 4th July 2011
MUSIC AND THE MIND – Buy it here
Why does music have such a powerful effect on our minds and bodies? It is the most mysterious and most tangible of all forms of art. Yet, Anthony Storr believes, music today is a deeply significant experience for a greater number of people than ever before. In this book, he explores why this should be so. Drawing on a wide variety of opinions, Storr argues t hat the patterns of music make sense of our inner experience, giving both structure and coherence to our feelings and emotions. It is because music possesses this capacity to restore our sense of personal wholeness in a culture which requires us to separate rational thought from feelings that many people find it so life-enhancing that it justifies existence. The author also wrote “Churchill’s Black Dog”.
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
PUBLICATION DATE: 7th April 1997
FEET OF CLAY — Buy it here
There are many reports of strange cults which enthral their followers and cut themselves off from the world. Invariably led by gurus, or “spiritual leaders”, the fruit of these cults are mass suicides in the South American jungle or the self-immolation of hundreds in besieged fortresses. This study provides an examination of these men and women and of those who follow them. It takes as example some of those considered to be modern gurus – James Jones, David Koresh, the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Gurdjieff and others – and establishes what each of them has in common. It then examines what they share with other gurus whose teachings are accepted or at least respected – Jung, Freud, Ignatius Loyola, Jesus himself – and finds some startling continuities.
PUBLICATION DATE: 7 April 1997
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Originally published in 1988, Anthony Storr’s bestselling meditation on the creative individual’s need for solitude has become a classic.
A pre-eminent work in self-help and popular psychology literature, Solitude was seminal in challenging the psychological paradigm that “interpersonal relationships of an intimate kind are the chief, if not the only, source of human happiness.” Indeed, most self-help literature still places relationships at the center of human existence. Lucid and lyrical, Storr’s book argues that solitude ranks alongside relationships in its impact on an individual’s well-being and productivity, as well as on society’s progress and health. Citing numerous examples of brilliant scholars and artists—from Beethoven and Kant to Anne Sexton and Beatrix Potter—he argues that solitary activity is essential not only for geniuses, but often for the average person as well. For nearly three decades, readers have found inspiration and renewal in Storr’s erudite, compassionate vision of the human experience—and the benefits and joy of solitude.