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A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

Psychotherapy and Artistic Creativity

While psychotherapy remains the best hope for those who experienced emotionally destructive childhoods it is not the only avenue toward health. Artists often use their creative ability to express their conflicts and relieve their feelings. The writer's block, of which so many writers complain, can indicate the presence of a creative blockage caused by the anxiety and depression from the unconscious feelings that have been aroused by their artistic work.

The eminent Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch, led an isolated life. He was continually troubled by alcoholism and depression which his treatment at health spas could not alleviate. Yet after once being viewed, who can forget his painting, The Scream. Did he intend for the profound distress it communicates to complement his statement, "I have never loved"?

While artistic achievement cannot heal, it can grant meaning to a desolate life.


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