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Knafo, D. (2012). Alone Together: Solitude and the Creative Encounter in Art and Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Dial., 22(1):54-71.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 22(1):54-71

Alone Together: Solitude and the Creative Encounter in Art and Psychoanalysis

Danielle Knafo, Ph.D.

This paper examines aspects of solitude in relation to creativity and personal transformation, especially as it pertains to artists and their objects. It argues that solitude is a core feature of the human condition and that it is inseparable from relatedness. Both solitude and relationship are layered and dynamically interactive states. The paper also considers the relational needs that art objects serve for their creators and specifically addresses the uniqueness of women's solitude. Finally, a clinical case is presented to illustrate the interplay between solitude and relatedness in psychoanalysis.

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