Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis

Artwork, Psychotherapy and Psychosis unearths the original position of artwork remedy within the remedy of psychosis. Illustrating their contributions with scientific fabric and paintings created by means of consumers, skilled practitioners describe their paintings in a number of settings. Writing from various theoretical standpoints they mirror the present inventive variety in the occupation and its hyperlinks with psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, analytical psychology and psychiatry.

In half I particular matters focused on operating with psychosis are explored. those contain dialogue of the healing dating, the method of symbolisation, the character and which means of paintings made by means of psychotic sufferers and the interaction among phrases and photographs. half II recounts the heritage of artwork remedy and psychosis, tracing its origins in artwork, to its present-day function as a revered remedy in psychiatric, neighborhood and healing settings.

Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis extends the present thought, develops analytical ways in paintings psychotherapy and gives cutting edge views for college students and practitioners at the therapy of borderline states in addition to psychosis.

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Separation from identification, and so entry into the Symbolic, is represented by ‘the name of the father’ (Lacan 1953:67). ‘It is in the name of the father that we must recognise the support of the symbolic function’ (Lacan 1953:67). If this is interpreted in gender specific terms, as Lacan’s language indicates, it too causes problems for the feminist. However, if we comprehend the meaning without necessarily adhering to the limits of gender specificity, it is a helpful means of understanding the state in which the psychotic patient is trapped.

1994a) ‘Analytical art psychotherapy: further reflections on theory and practice’, London: Inscape 2. ——(1994b) ‘The transactional object: art psychotherapy in the treatment ofanorexia’ , British Journal of Psychotherapy 11(1): 46–61. ——(1995) Desire and the Female Therapist: Engendered Gazes in Psychotherapy and Art Therapy, London and New York: Routledge. Schwartz-Salant, N. (1989) ‘Archetypal foundations of projective identification’, in The Borderline Personality: Vision and Healing, Wilmette, Illinois: Chiron.

Does this relate to Jung’s description of ‘entropy’ or to Lacan’s ‘lack in being’? I suggest that it does; and that what is missing in Alice’s experience is a sense of being linked to others in a meaningful manner. ‘The “I” feels and knows itself only insofar as it takes itself as a member of a community, insofar as it sees itself grouped with others into the unity of a family, a tribe, a social organism’ (Cassirer 1955b: 175). It is this, it is community, which Alice’s account seems be struggling to find and yet somehow she keeps missing the point.

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