Psychosocial Genomics

Psychosocial genomics explores how an individual’s positive encounters with art, beauty, and truth as well as stress and trauma can modulate gene expression, brain plasticity, and the creation of new consciousness. Psychosocial and cultural genomics is the science of how transformational states of mind, body, and spirit can be facilitated during counseling and psychotherapy. The holistic arts of mind–body healing from ancient times to the current era of personal genomics are embraced within this new evidence-based theory of counseling and psychotherapy.

Historical Context

The psychosocial genomics of mind–body healing was conceived in the 1960s by Ernest Rossi during his 2-year U.S. Public Health Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology studying psychosomatic medicine with the physician Franz Alexander. Psychosomatic medicine studies the impact of psychosocial and behavioral factors on ...

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