The Role of Creativity

Jung, in The Aims of Psychotherapy:

A patient needs only to have seen once or twice how much he is freed from a wretched state of mind by working at a symbolical picture, and he will always turn to this means of release whenever things go badly with him.”

Chodorow, 1997, p. 93

We take special note of our dreams and their messages, for they assist us in restoring the connection to our deep symbolical life. Creative work can be an indispensable tool in this process of inner growth, assisting the therapeutic relationship. This is possible for anyone interested in this subject. No previous artistic experience is required.

The creative process, the act of creative self expression, starts with creative play and fantasy, our imagination.

A conscious relationship to one’s creative work has the ability to nourish, support and contain the personality. Developing a conscious relationship to one’s creative work does not mean analyzing it intellectually, but learning to relate to the world of images in a meaningful way.

Theoretical background: The creative space is defined as a symbolical containing space. By relating to the content that gradually unfolds within the space, the space and the content may become an inner object or transitional object, as described by Winnicott. Kalsched pointed out that Winnicott’s transitional object and Jung’s concept of the transcendent function of the psyche and its symbolizing capacity overlap in a meaningful way. (Kalsched, 1996, p. 197 – 200)

Jung says in Memories, Dreams, Reflections p. 340:

The need for mythic statements is satisfied when we frame a view of the world which adequately explains the meaning of human existence in the cosmos, a view which springs from our psychic wholeness, from the co-operation between conscious and unconscious. Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable – perhaps everything.