Posts tagged creativity
Artist + Analyst : The Project

My interest does not lie in analyzing the contributors or engaging in psychobiography, rather, I am interested in this place where art and language meet and how that gets taken up by artists as well as this space/place beyond language. The desire is not to decipher the mystery of art but rather to amplify it. To engage art as that which is radically singular and counter to the master's discourse. In this way, psychoanalysis itself is an art and a subversive act.

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Artist + Analyst : An Introduction

But Freud, long ago, pointed to a different way of tarrying with this void. Rather than trying to escape this gnawing sense of inescapable loneliness, one could instead look within and draw upon it to produce something profoundly original and innervating, something completely untouched by the dictates of the social world. One could create. Rather than avoiding the felt absence through flight into symptoms, one could instead amplify it through creation: in effect, making a presence of the absence. Rather than stuffing the hole full in an always-failing attempt to disappear it, one could instead inhabit it as one’s own.

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[The Clinic] : The Creative Life

At a time when the goals of therapy are often presented as “management of one’s symptoms,” “greater control over one’s emotions / becoming less emotional,” or simply “being more objective,” it seems imperative to draw attention to the ways such “goals” both fail the patient and betray the radically transformative power of good psychotherapy. The point of therapy should not be to instill an ever-vigilant internal micromanager that must monitor and squelch every “bad” thought or “wrong” emotion. A successful psychoanalysis should, instead, aim for a working through of symptoms such that there is nothing left to “manage,” thus freeing up the patient to more effectively attune to their own inner voice and engage in creative life.

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