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January 1959

Neurotic Distortion of the Creative Process

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(1):132. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340130151022

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No one is better fitted than Lawrence Kubie to write about the creative process, for he has been persistently and consistently one of the most creative psychoanalysts and psychiatrists in modern times. He has ranged from the field of neurology, in which he first described the closed circuits in silent systems of the brain, a contribution which was a precursor to our modern concepts of feed-back mechanisms. He was one of the first to study behavior in animals from birth on in an attempt to correlate stages in behavior with the development of function in various parts of the central nervous system. Later Kubie directed his creative powers to the field of psychoanalysis and psychiatry, in which much of his work is now classic. Surely a creative person can speak authentically about the creative process.

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