The captive muse: on creativity and its inhibition

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Psychosocial Press, 2000 - Psychology - 154 pages
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Why is creative work often so difficult? What helps and what hinders us in doing it? What makes such work possible? This book answers these central questions and offers therapists fruitful, nonpathologizing ways of thinking about creative people, and what the creative process can mean to those involved in it.

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Contents

When the Resistance Is to Content
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Resistance and the Unconscious Meanings of
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Revision and Character
27
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About the author (2000)

Susan Kolodny, in her work as a psychoanalyst, specializes in work with artists and writers. Her previous book, The Captive Muse: On Creativity and Its Inhibition (PsychoSocial Press, 2000) is a study of the psychological obstacles to creative work and the personal qualities and therapeutic work that enable people to surmount these. Kolodny, an urban nature poet, witnessed the devastating Oakland- Berkeley Hills firestorm of 1991, the subject of the title poem of her new collection.

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