|John P. Briggs, Ph.D. is the author of Fire in the Crucible and Fractals, a New Aesthetic of Art, Science and Nature, and co-author with David Peat of Seven Life Lessons of Chaos, Turbulent Mirror, and Looking Glass Universe. He is one of 12 distinguished professors named for the Connecticut State University system. He is a former chair of the English Department at Western Connecticut State University and heads the school’s professional writing program. He is the editor of the acclaimed literary magazine Connecticut Review. Briggs is also a professional photographer and fiction writer. He has been teaching creativity and writing for over 30 years.
John Z. Amoroso, Ph.D. divides his time between a psychotherapy practice and creativity coaching and teaching in the Philadelphia area. He conducts workshops and trainings around the country for artists, mental healthcare professionals and the general public, and a two-year study group program in transpersonal development. He has been an adjunct professor of psychology at the Union Institute and Temple University and is a guild member of the Forge Institute for the study of trans-traditional spiritual practices. He is a fine art photographer and painter and has been a professional woodwind musician. He has conducted research in molecular biology. He also has a master’s degree in business.
Whatever our life focus or chosen careerparenting, education, politics, business, the arts or technologycreativity is at the center of an authentic life. Creativity is the force in each that allows us to formulate what painter Piet Mondrian called the individual-universal equation. Creativity is the way we express the Existential Paradox that we are each both separate and individual and inseparable and indivisible from the whole. Each of us is a nuance of the whole, and our creativity is our spiritual expression of this fact.
Briggs and Amoroso present a new model of creativity and human psychology that draws on chaos and complexity theory, a new theory of the dynamics of psychological complexes, and extensive research into creative process by both scientists and creators.