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Homosexuality: The Psychology Of The Creative Process
by Paul Rosenfels
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The framework for a science of human nature.
Crisis is not new in human history, but the crisis of our age has assumed unprecedented proportions. Material abundance is everywhere, but spiritual peace is still the blessing of the few. Crisis speaks to us in the passion of the revolutionary, in the suffering of the neurotic, in the complaint of the critic and in the defiance of the delinquent. It also gains expression in the lives of creative personalities of our time who forge new values and fashion new meanings.
This book examines the crisis of our age and illuminates the role that ceative men and women must assume in resolving it. The author offers no panaceas, no quick and easy solutions, no echo of past dogmas. He believes that we must begin to understand human nature in all of its forms, yet he advocates no return to traditional concepts of man's nature, for their rigidity stifles the very creativity which alone holds promise of releasing man from the imprisoning web of commonly held psychological pseudo-truths.
Homosexuality in its broadest sense emerges as the key to this creative struggle, particularly the growing relationship between fathers and sons, and mothers and daughters. The principle of polarization, as defined and elaborated by the author, operating above and beyond the conventional transactions of life, explains human beings as psychologically masculine and psychologically feminine regardless of gender. This principle of development, which is not found in the animal world, amounts to a new kind of vibration in the universe and accounts for the rise of civilization. The implications of this theory are worked out in probing detail with a simplicity and clarity that is unique in psychological literature.
On a scientific level this book is offered as the record of a monumental discovery comparable to the Newtonian revolution in physics, yet it is written as a guide to living for all who are independent enough to seek the rewards which come from understanding it. Homosexuality: The Psychology of the Creative Process is the offering of a brilliant physician who has given a lifetime of thought and analysis to his subject. It stands as an astonishing answer to the hopes and fears of a troubled world.
Note: The paperback edition contains a new Introduction by Dean Hannote. It gives concise details of Rosenfels' life and work, especially at the Ninth Street Center in New York City's East Village, where his critical ideas were further developed and tested.
Paul Rosenfels was the first American social scientist to defend homosexuality in print as a valid lifestyle. He is also known for having made a conscientious lifelong effort to develop the foundations of a "science of human nature."
Highlights of his career: M.D., Rush Medical College, Chicago; diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago; Lt. Colonel, Medical Corps, World War II; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Chicago; Chief Psychiatrist, Reception-Guidance Center of the Department of Corrections, State of California; Chief of the Outpatient Clinic, Forest Hospital, Des Plaines, Illinois; and extensive private psychiatric practice. From 1962 to 1985 he lived in New York City's East Village and specialized in the psychotherapy of homosexuals with special emphasis on the problems of creative self-expression.
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