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Adler, M. (2008). The Blank Page: Creative Imagination and its Inhibitions. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 16(1):59-73.

(2008). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 16(1):59-73

The Blank Page: Creative Imagination and its Inhibitions

Marianna Adler

The author explores the nature of the anxiety that can paralyze a writer and make it impossible to begin or to proceed. On the basis of a discussion of the sensuous quality of language, the author considers the oscillation between primary and secondary modes of experiencing entailed in the creative use of language and the way in which regressive anxieties having to do with separation, differentiation, and aggression can result in creative inhibitions. Illustrating her argument with excerpts from a clinical analysis, the author draws a parallel between the creative work of the writer and the creative work of analysis, suggesting that in both cases it is the presence of a good-enough object that permits the author/analysand to proceed in the face of psychic dangers.

Cet article examine I'angoisse qui peut paralyzer un ecrivain jusqu'au point qu'il ne peut ni commencer ni avancer. Fondé sur une consideration de la qualité sensuelle de langage, I'auteur considere I'oscillation entre les processus primaires et secondaires qui sont impliques dans I'emploi creatif de langage, et lesfacons dans lesquels les angoisses régressives vis á vis la séparation, Vindividuation, et Vagression peuvent amener des inhibitions dans le travail creatif. L'argument est illustre d'extraits d'un analyse clinique. L'auteur dessine un parallel entre le travail creatif de l'écrivain et le travail creatif de la psychanalyse, autant que dans les deux cas, c'est la presence d'un objet ‘assez-bon’ qui permet I'ecrivain/I'analysant d'avancer face au danger psychique.

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