The Creativity Cure

A Do-It-Yourself Prescription for Happiness

The Creativity Cure

A Do -It-Yourself Prescription Happiness

In their insightful book, wife-and-husband physicians Carrie and Alton Barron present an innovative, highly achievable five-part plan to unleash happiness and alleviate depression and anxiety by tapping into creative potential.

A gifted psychiatrist and a premier hand surgeon, Carrie and Alton Barron draw upon the latest psychological research, a combined forty years of medical practice, and personal experience to demonstrate how creative action is integral to long-term happiness and well-being. The Five-Part Prescription for the Creativity Cure—Insight, Movement, Mind Rest, Your Own Two Hands, and Mind Shift—leads the way to a more meaningful, fulfilling life by simultaneously developing self-understanding and self-expression. With the Barrons’ detailed tools and strategies for cultivating creative outlets, overcoming unconscious fears and barriers to happiness, and linking internal thought to external action, readers will build the mind-set and habits necessary for happiness and positive change. They will experience—and learn how to sustain—the deep satisfaction that accompanies creating something by hand.

The perfect self-help book for our handmade, homemade, crafting culture, The Creativity Cure has a simple yet profoundly inspirational message: that you can find the authentic, contented life you crave by taking happiness into your own two hands.
  • Scribner | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451636802 | 
  • May 2012


5 Tips to Tap Into Your Creative Self

Carrie and Alton Barron provide us with 5 healthful tips for tapping into our creative self.


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About the Authors

Carrie Barron
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Carrie Barron

Carrie Barron, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist/psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons who also has a private practice in New York City. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, won several academic awards, and presented original works on creativity and psychoanalysis at national meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 

Alton Barron
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Alton Barron

Alton Barron, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is currently the President of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has been the surgeon for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera for more than a decade. Dr. Barron is a consultant for CBS and has appeared on the CBS Early Show. He has also written for The New York Times, was listed in The New York Times Magazine as one of the 2009 Super Docs, and has published extensively in multiple peer-reviewed journals.


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