Marion Milner: Psychoanalyst of the Creative Psyche

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British psychoanalyst Marion Milner devoted a large part of her study and practice to an understanding of the creative process. Here are just a few of her insights:

  • Creativity is related to psychic health.
  • The creative process doesn’t renew something that existed before but rather makes something new.
  • Surrendering the rational ego can lead to moments of profound understanding.
  • Creativity is linked to a fearlessness in exploring the unconscious.
  • Art repeats the illusion that we are one with the other (the same illusion that we were born with, that is, that we are one with our mothers).
  • Creativity can be a means of experiencing transcendance.
  • It’s necessary to grant your own personal meaning to your every day world.
  • There’s a strong psychological link between creativity and mysticism.

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