In Standing at Water’s Edge, Dr. Anne Paris draws on her extensive experience working with artists to explore the deep psychological fears that thwart creativity. Arguing that creative blocks and procrastinations are actually the artist’s attempts at self-preservation when facing the psychological issues that creativity brings up, Paris suggests that success come from understanding the deep hopes and fears that profoundly influence creative capacity.
Rather than presenting art as a lonely, solitary endeavor, Standing at Water’s Edge shows how crucial positive relationships with others are to the creative process. Through her unique model of “mirrors, heroes, and twins,” she describes the kind of relationships that support artistry, explores the important role that childhood experience plays in creativity, and offers specific advice for psychologically navigating every aspect of a creative project. Throughout the book, Paris focuses on the hardest part of creating: having the courage to immerse ourselves fully in the creative state.