Psychoanalytic Aesthetics Research Paper by CalDR

Psychoanalytic Aesthetics
Outlines the concept of psychoanalytic aesthetics as portrayed by clinician Hannah Segal.
# 30236 | 5,000 words | 7 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2003 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Theory) , Psychology (General)

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The psychoanalytic approach to aesthetics enables us to understand the artists' aesthetic experiences as he or she conjures up his perception and response thereof, interpretation and meaning and his or her thoughts and feelings. The paper explains that, primarily divided into applied psychoanalysis and clinical psychoanalysis, the discipline of psychoanalytic aesthetics has been studied and commented upon by many famous psychoanalysts and clinicians over the years. This paper focuses on the comments of clinician Hanna Segal's psychoanalytic approach to aesthetics in general and particularly her quotes on creation and recreation. It examines her comment: "The essence of the aesthetic creation is a resolution of the central depressive situation and that the main factor in the aesthetic experience is the identification with this process." (H. Segal, 1981).

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