The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity

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Through the life stories of women such as Camille Claudel, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Anne Sexton, Suzanne Farrell and others and through clinical case studies, Susan Kavaler-Adler offers penetrating insights into the nature of the creative process. Kavaler-Adler contrasts unsuccessful psychological treatments with object-relations therapy that is able to resolve the pathological narcissism of creative addiction and allow the emergence of healthy modes of ...
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The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity

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Overview

Through the life stories of women such as Camille Claudel, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Anne Sexton, Suzanne Farrell and others and through clinical case studies, Susan Kavaler-Adler offers penetrating insights into the nature of the creative process. Kavaler-Adler contrasts unsuccessful psychological treatments with object-relations therapy that is able to resolve the pathological narcissism of creative addiction and allow the emergence of healthy modes of self-expression.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415914123
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Kavaler-Adler is the Founding Director of the Objects Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in New York and the author of The Compulsion to Create (Routledge, 1993).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Pathology and Health of Creativity: Compulsion and Mystique or Dialectic 3
2 "The Love-Creativity Dialectic": A Theory of Psychic Health 15
3 The Red Shoes Myth and the Story of Camille Claudel 49
4 The Story of Suzanne Farrell and George Ballanchine 79
5 Katherine Mansfield: A Theory of Creative Process Reparation and its Mode of Failure 95
6 The Genius and Sorrow of Virginia Woolf, Part I 117
7 The Genius and Sorrow of Virginia Woolf, Part II: Vision and Art 141
8 Diane Arbus and the Demon Lover 167
9 Some More Speculations on Anna O.: Demon Lover and Arrested Creativity 173
10 Anne Sexton's Treatment, Part I 183
11 Anne Sexton's Treatment, Part II, and Addendum on her Demon Lover Complex 211
12 The Case of Lois, Part I: Red Shoes Frenzy, Mystique, and Creative Compulsion 243
13 The Case of Lois, Part II: Healing and Movement Towards The Love-Creativity Dialectic 269
14 The Case of Ms. C. 293
Notes 319
References 325
Index 331
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