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 (2014). 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
Judith was invited to record an interview for the science and philosophy series Rationally Speaking, which “explores the borderlines between reason and nonsense.” The recording is scheduled for October 30th, 2013; watch this space for availability on iTunes and elsewhere.
Hear Judith discusss the mad genius on The New Jazz Archive, Jeff Haas's weekly, syndicated show from Interlochen Public Radio. "An hour with some of the world’s big thinkers who occupy the fascinating intersection of jazz and psychology." Time of interview 6:15 - 18:51.
Watch Judith in a Huffington Post Live conversation: "A Beautiful Sacrifice." Hosted by Janet Varney.
"Stardust, Smoke and Mirrors"—an invited article about The Insanity Hoax by its author—is the main cover story for the September/October Skeptical Inquirer: The magazine for science and reason. Watch this space for web availability.
The Insanity Hoax stimulates such lively discussion and critical thinking that it has been required reading for three consecutive classes in "Creativity and Psychopathology" at Temple University. It's also part of the Master's degree in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music in London.
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Judith was co-executive producer of the Sean Smith Quartet's acclaimed CD Trust (2011, Smithereens Records). She is now producing Brazilian guitarist/singer Paulinho Garcia's solo CD, Beautiful Love, under her Shrinktunes Media label. Release scheduled for Valentine's Day, 2014.
Judith's new book is Running Out of Somedays: The bliss and bafflement of getting older. Also in progress, aiming for publication in 2014.
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.