2005 – The Four-Stage Creative Process in Art, Science, Myth, and Psychotherapy

By Ernest Lawrence Rossi, PhD, FAPA


Note from the author: This conceptual review celebrates the centennial of the 1905 Annus Mirabilis wherein Einstein submitted five papers to Annalen der physik (the premier German physics journal) that introduced our current holistic perspective of space-time and theories of everything. Adopting Einstein as my mentor, I illustrate in this article the classical 4-stage creative process as a model of psychotherapy that encompasses the neuroscience of gene expression and brain plasticity as a new holistic perspective of art, culture and philosophy.

Einstein’s eternal mystery of epistemology, how we can understand the world, is explained as a dynamic cycle of human creativity that engages gene expression, new protein synthesis, and brain plasticity. The classical four-stage creative process in the arts and sciences is adapted as a positive model for highly focused short-term psychotherapy where in people learn to solve their problems in their own way on all levels, from social relationships to the interaction between mind, brain, and gene expression. Psychotherapists would be wise not to buy into the controversial image of being the knowit-all answer-person portrayed by the popular media. Psychotherapists really only know one thing: how to enjoy empowering others to discover and facilitate their own evolving style of creativity with implicit processing heuristics that turn on gene expression, brain plasticity, and mind-body healing in response to the natural challenges, stresses, and traumas of life that crowd the growing edge of our consciousness.