Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Generative and Degenerative Processes of the Mind: The Relationship Between Psychosis and Creativity
by McFadden, Collin, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 54; 1527518
Abstract (Summary)

Two processes working together account for the building and maintenance of the mind. The generative process makes links within the mind, whereas the degenerative process is used to dissolve links. In this hermeneutic study of the relationship between psychotic and creative processes in the human psyche, some of the prevailing research on psychosis and creativity is reviewed. A model is presented in which the mind is seen as an ecosystem that is built and maintained through continuous establishment and dissolving of links. An imbalance of the generative and degenerative processes is suggested as being responsible for the manifestation of psychotic symptoms. Creativity is proposed as a product of the interaction between these processes of the mind.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliott, Michael
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Clinical psychology, Personality psychology
Publication Number: 1527518
ISBN: 9781303795282
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