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Niederland, W.G. (1976). Psychoanalytic Approaches to Artistic Creativity. Psychoanal Q., 45:185-212.

(1976). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 45:185-212

Psychoanalytic Approaches to Artistic Creativity

William G. Niederland, M.D.


Study of data and findings from clinical and applied psychoanalysis suggests a number of common factors encountered with uncommon frequency and intensity in creativity. In this paper, early childhood experiences, sensorial perceptions, body feelings, loneliness, reactions to loss, and body imagery of several artists are discussed. Problems relating to body image in creativeness are explored.

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