Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To find an Author in a Video…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

To find an Author in a Video, go to the Search Section found on the top left side of the homepage. Then, select “All Video Streams” in the Source menu. Finally, write the name of the Author in the “Search for Words or Phrases in Context” area and click the Search button.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Zuckerberg, J.O. (1997). Further Reflections on Creativity and Personal Growth: Sculpture and Poetry. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 25(2):317-328.

(1997). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 25(2):317-328

Further Reflections on Creativity and Personal Growth: Sculpture and Poetry

Joan Offerman Zuckerberg, Ph.D.*

To be an analyst, one must be embedded in a highly fluid, transitional zone of relatedness. No two sessions are the same — as no two patients are the same. Each session is unique and irreplaceable. Each patient poses a new set of questions. In any given moment we are responding to a shifting internal world of inner objects, which are competing for prominence and attention. In any given moment we are offering for digestion different aspects of ourselves. What and how much is taken in is ultimately out of our control. We let go of expected outcomes and allow the process to proceed at its own pace, its own rhythm. What emerges is a new creation, a result of the artistry of a living theater. A new script is constructed. Characters (internal objects) are created, and most essential is the opportunity to act and reenact multiple roles, which find their creative vehicle through transference-countertransference. A living stage is created in which all internalized objects are allowed to rehearse (work through) an ever-evolving script. As in a dream, the producer, director, and the actor are all one — multiple aspects of self-in-action. We rehearse, and rehearse, and rehearse, until a new whole is formed.

Very often in class, or in my own studio, one destroys his or her work after varying periods of time. This is frequently an exercise aimed at keeping the artist steeped in “process” as opposed to fostering a kind of premature attachment to outcome. One literally deconstructs in order to perceive again, with new eyes, different forms—forms not seen before. I suppose that if one continued this exercise ad-absurdum, each time one would see anew.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2021, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.