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The Creative Trance

The Creative Trance
Altered States of Consciousness and the Creative Process

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  • Publication planned for: June 2022
  • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2022
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108738583

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  • In those moments when focus on creative work overrides input from the outside world, we are in a creative trance. This psychologically significant altered state of consciousness is inherent in everyone. It can take the form of daydreams generating scientific or creative ideas, hyperfocus in sports, visualizations that impact entire civilizations, life-changing audience experiences, or meditations for self-transformation that may access states beyond trance, becoming gateways to transcendence. Artist and psychologist Tobi Zausner shows how creative trance not only operates in scientific inventions and works of art in all media, but is also important in creating and recreating the self. Drawing on insights from cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology and post-materialist psychology, this book investigates the diversity of the creative trance ranging from non-industrial societies to digital urban life, and its presence in people from all backgrounds and abilities. Finally, Zausner investigates the future of trance in our rapidly changing world.

    • Accessibly written for all interested in what happens to the mind during creativity
    • Includes perspectives of people with learning difficulties, illness, disabilities, and dementia
    • Brings the altered states of a creative trance into the mainstream of research on creativity psychology
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'An instant classic. Such a deep understanding of consciousness and creativity has nowhere previously been seen. Laced with rich stories of creators in the act of creating, this book is an engaging read and invaluable resource.' Allan Combs, California Institute of Integral Studies, USA

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: June 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108738583
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2022
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the pervasive state of trance
    1. The multifaceted creative trance
    2. Consciousness and creativty theory in a creative trance
    3. Unconscious origins of the creative trance
    4. Empathy and dissociation in the creative trance
    5. Evolution, altered states, and the creative trance
    6. The creative trance and the brain
    7. Dynamics of the creative trance
    8. Dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and the creative trance
    9. Illness and transformation in the creative trance
    10. Different abilities and the creative trance
    11. Dementia and the creative trance
    12. Altered states of a lifesaving creative trance.

  • Author

    Tobi Zausner, Saybrook University
    Tobi Zausner is a research psychologist, clinician, and award-winning visual artist. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a prolific presenter and writer, author of When Walls Become Doorways: Creativity and the Transforming Illness (2016), and has taught at the C. G. Jung Foundation and Saybrook University.

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