Posts tagged psychoanalysis
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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[The Clinic] : The Myth of Individual Pathology (Or the Social Conditions for a Flourishing Narcissism)

Thus, on a cultural level, nostalgic calls for a “return” to what once was and to “make America great again” point to a lack of opportunity in our social fabric for meaningful work and relationships. People feel disenfranchised and alienated, and there is thus a sort of cultural narcissism that occurs because the very things that allow for an overcoming of such narcissism are no longer readily available to us. People feel distant from one another as our sense of community and solidarity has faltered and work often feels ungratifying as we are divorced further and further from the products of our labor. We have lost connection to one another and to our own creativity through work.

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[Academic Excursions] : Men

Under the contemporary “rules,” men are limited to playing certain roles that constrict their emotional lives and thus inhibit their freedom to explore and embody all that is available. Many male stereotypes are hardly favorable or admirable, leaving one to wonder why anyone would be keen to identify with them. Indeed, it is often the case that many men actually do not identify with them and find themselves slightly adrift and askew in a world that tends to all-too-often be invested in nostalgia and freezing things in place. Such freezing allows nothing to move and no one to change.  Traditional, anthropomorphized ideas of “masculinity” and “femininity” create categories that do not allow for individuality and that disallow for those things that resist the neatness of such categorization. It is not only womxn who suffer the effects of the repression of the feminine...

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[Academic Excursions] : Womxn

Historically, a womxn’s identity has been derived from her relationship to others and to her functional role rather than her independent being. She was (is) someone’s wife or someone’s mother. She is a good housekeeper, a good cook, a good lover. She is a caretaker, a nurturer. Though we like to think the days have long past when womxn were measured by how clean a house they kept, we only have to look to the anxiety expressed by working womxn today over whether they are successfully navigating both worlds to see such measuring still firmly intact.

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[Academic Excursions] : Re / Envisioning The Feminine For All

When we think of the terms “masculine” and “feminine,” traits readily come to mind that we often believe to be “true”--true meaning here that one is born this way and that such traits derive from one’s biology and genetics. From before birth, we are inundated with the idea that people born with penises are masculine, and those born with a vagina are feminine. To name but just a few of the “truths” that go along with such a worldview: Men (in all their tremendous masculinity) are said to be more logical, less emotional, better at math and science, poor communicators, and more sexual (due to the need to “spread their biological seed"). Womxn (in all their lilting femininity) are more emotional, less logical and analytical (due to their exorbitant emotions), better communicators, more creative, and less overtly sexual than their male counterparts.

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