The new understanding of the relationships between gene expression and human experience emerging from the Human Genome Project is setting the stage for a profound expansion of our understanding of life. The new neuroscience discoveries about enriching life experiences, neurogenesis, and gene expression are poised to profoundly expand our understanding of psychotherapy and the holistic healing arts. We are just beginning to learn how the brain, the body, and our genes interact in ordinary everyday life to create our lives. Here, acclaimed author and pioneer of new approaches to mindbody communication Ernest Rossi introduces the new science of psychosocial genomics and explores how it will profoundly change our understanding of the pathways of communication among mind, body, and spirit. Integrating modern molecular medicine with traditional holistic healing art and spiritual rites, Rossi documents dramatically new approaches to optimize creativity in psychotherapy and therapeutic hypnosis with both individuals and groups.
Part I reviews significant leading-edge neuroscience research on the psychobiology of gene expression and neurogenesis that leads to a new vision of the role of consciousness and creativity in the humanities and the healing arts. Part II explores how to creatively facilitate the psychodynamics of gene expression, neurogenesis, and healing in therapeutic hypnosis, psychotherapy, and human relationships in general.
The Psychobiology of Gene Expression illustrates, step- by-step, how to facilitate the natural four-stage creative process on all levels from mind to molecule in our daily work of building a better brain. The book demonstrates how we can use our consciousness and our perception of free will to co- create ourselves in cooperation with nature. Rossi proposes practical approaches to optimize the natural cycles of gene expression in normal consciousness, sleep, dreaming, meditation, and the arts of daily living that are experienced by everyone. A case study spanning two chapters, containing dialog and explanatory commentary, brings the author's work to life and gives readers a deeper appreciation of its clinical application. Rossi's lucid writing style and vivid illustrations inspire this text with a new vision of the creative arts, humanities, and culture in facilitating the optimal development of health, performance, and consciousness.
"This stellar book is a contribution for the ages. It shows in practical terms how the intertwined genetic genius of the brain and body can be unlocked. Ernest Rossi, an internationally renowned psychotherapist and neuroscientist, has discovered fascinating keys to better health and better living. No chemistry required; it is all within."
-- Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D.
Director, the Milton H. Erickson Foundation
"A marvelous resource put together by a brilliant mind. Rossi presents us with a guide to the future incorporating psychobiology into the care and treatment of the mind and body in the vital link between consciousness and health."
-- Bernie Siegel, M.D.
Author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles and Prescriptions for Living
"In this wonderfully impressive volume, Ernest Rossi opens up to even the average reader the promising concept of facilitating gene expression with creative experience. He elegantly weaves together traditional medicine with therapeutic hypnosis and the healing arts so that a whole new generation of therapists and researchers can easily access the central role of consciousness and culture in human development. Dr. Rossi presents a well-crafted model, rooted in the latest research, for the ways in which social attitudes, cultural expectancies, therapeutic hypnosis and pharmaceuticals can modify gene expression. His work is second to none, as Dr. Rossi is a pioneer in this field. This volume is as impressive for its accessibility as it is for the theories it puts forth."
-- Ruth Buczynski, Ph.D.
President, National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM)
About the Author
Ernest L. Rossi, Ph.D., is Diplomate in Clinical
Psychology and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychotherapy by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. He is also the science editor of Psychological Perspectives and the author, coauthor, and editor of numerous professional books.
Part I: The Psychobiology of Gene Expression in Human Experience
- Gene Expression and Human Experience: New Models of Development, Creativity, and the Healing Arts
- Behavioral State-Related Gene Expression: How Gene Expression Modulates Human Experience
- Activity-Dependent Gene Expression: How Human Experience Modulates Gene Expression
- Dreaming, Gene Expression, and Neurogenesis: Self-Reflection and the Co-Creation of Human Experience
- Psychosocial Genomics and the Healing Arts: Replaying Gene Expression via Therapeutic Hypnosis and the Humanities
Part II: Psychobiology of Gene Expression in the Healing Arts
- Positive Psychology Replaying The Four-Stage Creating Cycle: How to Enjoy Creating a Great Day and Night
- The Experiential Theater of Demonstration Therapy? Part A: Preparation and Incubation Stages of Creative Work
- The Experiential Theater of Demonstration Therapy? Part B: Insight and Verification Stages of Creative Work
- Implicit Processing Heuristics in the Healing Arts: The Language of Facilitating Creative Experience
- Novel Approaches to Activity-Dependent Creative Work: Exercises in Symmetry-Breaking, Self- Reflection, and Co-Creation