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(1962). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VIII, 1960: On Scientific Creativity. Peter L. Giovacchini. Pp. 407-426.. Psychoanal Q., 31:125-126.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VIII, 1960: On Scientific Creativity. Peter L. Giovacchini. Pp. 407-426.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:125-126

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VIII, 1960: On Scientific Creativity. Peter L. Giovacchini. Pp. 407-426.

Data gathered in the analyses of eight highly creative male scientists, several with international reputations in the field of physical and biological science, were examined from the standpoint of the ego functions characteristic in their creative endeavors. Their ages ranged from the mid-thirties to the mid-forties. All eight described their mothers as extremely domineering, aggressive, seductive, and demanding, pushing their children to achievement in order narcissistically to gratify themselves and tenaciously binding the patients to them as their favorite children. The fathers were submissive and depreciated, failing to give protection against the mothers and to provide a clear masculine model. Consequently the masculine identification of these patients was self-created and idealized, transcending the actualities of the environmental models. Fears of being overwhelmed by hostile destructive impulses, predominantly anal and oral sadistic in nature, were prominent; they habitually used obsessive-compulsive defenses against

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these impulses. All were generally capable of high-level though noncreative and pedestrian work and gradually were impeded by ritual and intellectualizing. At times, in response to intense affect, they experienced regressive episodes of a paranoid, psychoticlike nature. Most significantly, they were able to discern that these manifestations were intrapsychic phenomena. While frightened by their inner turmoil they remained fascinated with the primitive, placing high value on feelings and intuition. Episodes of high creativity occurred at times of balance between primary and secondary process thinking when their egos had the capacity to give up reliance upon rigid compulsiveness and to make perceptual contact with the chaos of their ids. The id drives, probably by-passing established memory traces, directly augmented the cathexis of the higher integrative and perceptual systems. The result was an expanded perceptual field capable of encompassing new dimensions of reality without the ego constriction ordinarily accompanying the integrating processes of the ego.

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(1962). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VIII, 1960. Psychoanal. Q., 31:125-126

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