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Gediman, H.K. (1975). Reflections on Romanticism, Narcissism, and Creativity. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 23:407-423.

(1975). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 23:407-423

Reflections on Romanticism, Narcissism, and Creativity

Helen K. Gediman, Ph.D.


Certain transformations of narcissism and idealization contribute to the creative process. A consideration of some forms and transformations of narcissism discussed by Kohut is offered here as applied to the Romanticism of the Tristan-and-Iseult

legend, with specific reference to a revival of early ego states. Andreas-Salomé's views on the dual orientation of narcissism are presented as a particularly helpful way of reconciling the apparent contradiction between the "new" and "old" views of narcissism.

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