Riding the Windhorse: Manic-Depressive Disorder and the Quest for Wholeness

Riding the Windhorse: Manic-Depressive Disorder and the Quest for Wholeness

by Robert S. Corrington


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In this moving account of his struggles with manic-depressive disorder, distinguished philosopher Robert S. Corrington, creator of the school of ecstatic naturalism, presents a compelling argument for rethinking the nature of this malady. Having inherited the disorder from his mother, a gifted actress who struggled with her own form of it until her death, he developed crucial survival strategies that he recommends to other sufferers. In Riding the Windhorse, Corrington details the latest medical, psychological, and spiritual thinking about bipolar disease; a disorder characterized by extreme mood swings and responsible for many untimely deaths each year. Surprisingly, however, manic-depression is also found in almost all forms of genius and Corrington presents two detailed case studies showing this correlation. Riding the Windhorse represents one person's eventual triumph over a potentially crippling disease by demonstrating how creativity and the quest for wholeness can support the erratic flight of the windhorse of manic-depression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761826194
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication date: 07/07/2003
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Robert S. Corrington is Professor of Philosophical Theology, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Drew University, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 A Life's Journey and Its Dreamscape: A Life's Journey; A Dreamscape Chapter 4 Body and Soul- Medical and Psychological Vistas: Medical Vistas; Psychological Vistas Chapter 5 Creativity and Genius in Manic-Depression: Creativity as Manifest in: Products, Processes, and Communities; Genius and the Not Yet; Two Case Studies of Manic-Depressive Genius: Newton and Sri Ramakrishna Chapter 6 Intimations of Wholeness: Spirituality, Sacred Folds, and Intervals; Creative Distancing and Communal Testing; Individuation and the Spirits Chapter 7 Appendix: My Passage from Panentheism to Pantheism Chapter 8 Endnotes Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Index- Names Chapter 11 Index- Subject

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