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Creativity and the Unconscious, Part II

While the Surrealists were not the first artists to draw on the unconscious for inspiration, they were the first artists in Western history to explicitly draw on psychoanalytic ideas in their art-making processes, turning directly to the unconscious for inspiration. In order to do so, they developed a wide array of techniques, including the cut-up, […]

Creativity and the Unconscious, Part I

The relationship between creativity and the unconscious is older than our theories about it. It predates not only such doctors of the unconscious as Freud and Jung, but also such philosophers of the imagination as Plato and Coleridge. It is older, in fact, than the oldest stone carvings and cave paintings, reaching far back into […]

Fantasy, Empathy, and the Other

In writing about the character Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, I commented on the way our unconscious fantasies drive our thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and how, in our unconsciousness, we take our illusions for reality, sometimes with tragic results. After all, wasn’t it, at the very roots of the Western tragic tradition, only […]

Face to Face with Life

There is a moment in Tolstoy’s great novel, Anna Karenina, when the government minister Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin begins to confront the possibility that his wife, Anna, is in love with another man. Alexei Alexandrovich stood face to face with life, confronting the possibility of his wife loving someone else besides him, and it was this […]

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