Stephen A. Diamond, PhD on Anger and Creativity

Dr. Stephen A. Diamond is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice, and a member of the Approved Panel of Psychiatrists and Psychologists for the criminal division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

A former pupil and protege of Dr. Rollo May, Dr. Diamond sees many creative individuals, including members of the Writer’s Guild, and the Screen Actors Guild.

He is the author of the book Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity, and contributed chapters to the best-selling anthology Meeting the Shadow, as well as the books Spirituality and Psychological Health, Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil, and the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion.

Dr. Diamond teaches psychology at two local graduate schools, and currently writes a weekly blog for Psychology Today. He is working on a new book tentatively titled Secrets of Psychotherapy: Restoring the Soul.

In the interview, Dr. Diamond talks about actors who have shown a dark and violent side, including Christian Bale (“Batman”), and how therapy helps people navigate the ‘benevolent possession’ of creativity and the challenges of being closer to its source in the daimonic side of our psyche. He also briefly addresses keeping a balance between introversion and extroversion, and dealing safely with anger and rage, whether we are an artist or not.

Transcript of interview

Dr. Diamond’s Psychology Today blog: Evil Deeds – A Forensic Psychologist on Anger, Madness and Destructive Behavior

Dr. Diamond’s website

Article: In Praise of Perfectionism, by Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D.

Our earlier interview (text): The Psychology of Creativity: redeeming our inner demons

Books:

Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity, by Stephen A. Diamond.

Spirituality and Psychological Health, by Richard H. Cox et al.

The Courage to Create, by Rollo May.

Meeting the Shadow, by Connie Zweig, Jeremiah Abrams.

Related Talent Development Resources pages:
Anger
The Shadow Self

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