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Kubie, L.S. (1973). Bertram D. Lewin (1896–1971)—The Renaissance Cosmopolite with Tongue in Cheek. Psychoanal. St. Child, 28:1-16.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 28:1-16

Bertram D. Lewin (1896–1971)—The Renaissance Cosmopolite with Tongue in Cheek

Lawrence S. Kubie, M.D.

NO ANALYST CAN BE UNAWARE OF THE FACT THAT TO UNDERSTAND how the neurotic process develops requires an intimate comparison of its history in many and diverse individuals. Surely the same thing is true of the creative process. Creativity depends upon freedom from neurotic restrictions: freedom for the intake and imprintings of bits of information not only conscious but especially preconscious; freedom for their representation, and also for the swift preconscious ordering, coding, and processing of all such data; freedom for the quick retrieval of samples of this swift stream, however weighted; freedom again for the representation of these samples by conscious symbols and for the rumination, reality testing, and symbolic communication of that which is retrieved and represented. This is how we think and create. All of these components enter into the movement of the human spirit toward creativity—and Bert Lewin possessed each of these to a unique degree.


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