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Ornstein, A. (2006). Artistic Creativity and the Healing Process. Psychoanal. Inq., 26(3):386-406.

(2006). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 26(3):386-406

Artistic Creativity and the Healing Process

Anna Ornstein, M.D.

After a brief review of the literature regarding the healing potential inherent in creative activities, the article focuses on art that was created in concentration camps during the Second World War. The healing potential appears to be related to the vitalizing selfobject functions that creative activity and the writing of memoirs provide. The discussion of post-Holocaust literature is divided between authors who survived the camps and nonsurvivor authors with attention to fictionalized documentaries, a point at which historical truth and artistic imagination meet.

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