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Art, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis


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Introduction by George Hagman

  1. Coming into Being as Artist and Psychotherapist: Keeping Self from Falling Together Too Soon Karen M. Schwartz
  2. To Build a New World: Creative and Aesthetic Choices In Psychoanalysis David Shaddock
  3. Making Waves Linda Cummings
  4. Shame and Its Undoing: A Performer's Desire to Be Found Rosalind Chaplin Kindler
  5. Artist/Analyst Diane Lawson Martinez
  6. I've Got A Rock and Roll Heart: Reflections of a Musician-Analyst Heather Ferguson
  7. Writing, Healing and Being Healed: My Life in Poetry and Psychoanalysis Lee Whitman-Raymond
  8. Reclamation and Restoration: Heroes in the Seaweed Sandra Indig
  9. On Being Able to Paint Anna Carusi
  10. On Being and Becoming Julia Schwartz
  11. Echo Dan Gilhooley
  12. The Art(s) of Witness: Through the Camera and the Psychoanalytic Situation Donna Bassin

About the Author

George Hagman, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York and Stamford, Connecticut. He is on the faculty of the Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology, and the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. This book is a companion piece to Hagman's prior Routledge volume Creative Analysis: Art, Creativity and Clinical Process (2015).


"Art, Creativity and Psychoanalysis: Perspectives from Analyst-Artists is a fascinating series of personal/theoretical essays by 12 psychoanalyst-artists. Each traces a personal journey into what seems, but isn't, a double life. Together these narratives expand and complicate our understanding of the dynamic function of art and the ways that it informs psychoanalytic practice."-Joyce Slochower, Ph.D., Faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Author of Holding and Psychoanalysis: A relational Perspective. 2nd Edition, Routledge, 2013 and Psychoanalytic Collisions, 2nd Edition, Routledge, 2014. "This exciting volume introduces us to the artist who lives in the therapist and the therapist in the artist. Moving, honest and self-reflective, the authors vividly portray their personal journeys and illustrate the many ways in which we touch the mind. Filled with wisdom, beauty and pain."-Galit Atlas, Ph.D., Faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Author of The Enigma OF Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis, Routledge, 2016. "Art, Creativity, and Psychoanalysis: Perspectives from Analyst-Artists is a profoundly revealing and deeply enriching collection of essays. Each fascinating chapter reads like a short story. The contributors embody the vital, relational engagement that is the foundation of clinical and artistic practice. Those interested in the healing and creative arts will benefit from reading these vivid testimonials."-Carol M. Press, Ed.D., author of The Dancing Self: Creativity, Modern Dance, Self Psychology and Transformative Education, Hampton Press, 2002.

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