Judith Schlesinger, wearing one of her hats.
Dr. Judith Schlesinger is a psychologist, author, educator, jazz critic, and musician. Trained in cognitive-behavioral and family therapy, her hats have included college professor and administrator, school psychologist and psychotherapist, book and CD reviewer, award-winning gardener, music producer, and chick singer/leader of the JS Fourtet. She has also been a supermarket cashier, but not recently.
Judith’s writing has appeared in both the popular and professional press, but you won’t find her on Facebook or Twitter. Her Shrinktunes column, about the intersection of psychology and music, has been published on allaboutjazz.com since 2002.
As a result of her mad genius expertise, Judith was invited to write a chapter for Creativity and Mental Illness, a psychology textbook from Cambridge University Press (2013). Her contribution is entitled “Building Connections on Sand: The Cautionary Chapter.”
The Insanity Hoax is gaining increasing acceptance as a college and graduate school text in both psychology and music.
For professors and book clubs: a printable book description.
“At last, there is someone to tackle the Mad Genius legend. Judith Schlesinger's The Insanity Hoax picks up the mantle for unfairly stereotyped artists - and does so with passion, wit, and incisive critique. Highly recommended.”
— James C. Kaufman, PhD, President of the American Psychological Association Division for Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts
Do You Have to be Crazy to be Really Creative? (Hint: No!)
A presentation by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
LIU Hudson at SUNY Purchase campus
735 Anderson Hill Road Purchase, New York
Dr. Judith Schlesinger
discusses her new book The Insanity Hoax
Thursday, June 21, 2012
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Nyack, New York
Watch Judith in a Huffington Post Live conversation: "A Beautiful Sacrifice." Hosted by Janet Varney.
Hear Judith discusss the mad genius on The New Jazz Archive, Jeff Haas's weekly, syndicated, NPR-affiliated show from Interlochen Public Radio.
"An hour with some of the world’s big thinkers who occupy the fascinating intersection of jazz and psychology. We’ll talk with . . . Dr. Judith Schlesinger, psychologist and author of a new book that’s finally putting the long-taken-for-granted link between insanity and creativity through its intellectual paces." Time of interview 6:15 - 18:51.
The Insanity Hoax is now a required text for an advanced psychology seminar on "Creativity and Psychopathology" at Temple University. It's also part of the syllabus for the Master's degree in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music in London.
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The Insanity Hoax is the first book to directly challenge the mad genius myth by exposing the pseudoscientific foundation it sits on, as well as the social and psychological reasons for its widespread popularity.