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Esman, A.H. (2018). Art, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis: Perspectives from Analyst-Artists: Edited by George Hagman. London/New York: Routledge, 2017. 186 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 87(1):228-229.

(2018). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 87(1):228-229

Art, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis: Perspectives from Analyst-Artists: Edited by George Hagman. London/New York: Routledge, 2017. 186 pp.

Review by:
Aaron H. Esman

“Art, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis” is an unusual book, edited (or perhaps more likely assembled and introduced) by George Hagman, who has himself written on the subject.

Perhaps the best illustration of the integration of these two elements is that of David Shattock, who describes himself as “a poet and a psychoanalytically-oriented therapist” (p. 21). He elaborates in detail the evolution of his poem “Asymptote,” and follows this with a defined vignette of the “therapy” with his patient Dan. Although he refers to himself as analyst and to the patient as analysand, and cites twice the influence on his thinking as that of Kohut, he, like all of the authors, makes no reference to the frequency of sessions or the respective positions of the participants. Psychoanalytically oriented therapist he most certainly, and impressively, is.

A specific reference to each of the twelve contributors is difficult. Perhaps the most explicit of the painter-therapists is Karen Schwartz, who describes in detail and with copious illustrations the development of her somewhat oscillating career.

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