Art and Neuro-psychoanalysis
- By Lois Oppenheim
Hardcover, 198pages, 24 × 16
can neuroscience contribute to the psychodynamic
understanding of creativity and the imagination?
A Curious Intimacy is an innovative study into
the interrelation between art and neuro-psychoanalysis
which significantly narrows the divide between the
humanities and the sciences.
Situating our grasp of the creative mind within the
historical context of theories of sublimation, Lois
Oppenheim proposes a change in paradigm for the study of
the creative process, questioning the idea that
creativity serves, above all, the reparation of early
object relationships and the resolution of conflict. The
book is divided into two parts. Part one, Art and the
Brain, introduces the field of neuro-psychoanalysis
and examines the contribution it can make to the
discussion of gender and art. Part two, A New
Direction for Interdisciplinary Psychoanalysis,
draws on the verbal and visual artistry of Samuel
Beckett, Paul Klee and Martha Graham to put to the test
the proposed new direction for applied psychoanalysis.
Lois Oppenheim concludes by addressing the future of
psychoanalysis as it becomes increasingly informed by
neuroscience and raising questions about what the
neurobiology of emotion and feeling has to tell us about
the creative experience of an individual and what might
constitute a neuro-psychoanalytic aesthetics.
A Curious Intimacy will have great appeal for all
those interested in the study of imagination and
creativity. It will also be of particular interest to
students across the humanities and sciences and to
psychotherapists and psychoanalysts wanting to explore
the contribution that neuro-psychoanalysis can make to
our understanding of the creative process.