Creative Dimensions of Suffering is an intriguing combination of psychiatry and spirituality that illustrates the power of creativity to treat suffering. An examinination of the lives of many famous artists who suffered - including Van Gogh, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven - gives insight into how they dealt with their adversity through creativity.
Dr. Ghadirian explores how various conditions such as alcoholism, depression, bipolar disorder, and dementia can influence a person's creative impulse and how creativity and spirituality can help a person deal with trauma. He describes the courage of many other well-known figures, such as Helen Keller and Christopher Reeve, who were able to overcome their suffering and emerge victorious over daunting odds.
Finally, drawing on principles found in the teachings of the Bahá'í Faith, Ghadirian attempts to explain suffering, its place in human society, and how it can lead us to a closer, happier relationship with God, as well as a better relationship with ourselves and with others. Indeed, many of those who have suffered the most have found new meaning through adversity and have emerged victorious.
Author: Dr. Abdu'l-Missagh Ghadirian.
Format: Softcover book, 178 pages.
Publisher: Bahá'í Publishing Trust USA, 2009.
About Abdu'l-Missagh Ghadirian
Dr. Ghadirian is a psychiatrist with extensive experience in substance abuse and an Emeritus Physician at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal. He is recognized as an international authority and has been invited to speak to professional conferences about this subject at the United Nations. As author, educator and researcher, he has published extensively on psychosocial and spiritual issues and spoken at many universities and public events around the world. His current interest is the exploration of the interrelationship between religion and science in the advancement of civilization.