ART AS THERAPY

Rudy Oldeschulte, M.A., J.D., Qualif. Psychoanalysis

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Philosophical and psychological look at art – its meanings, its uses…excerpts:

“Like other tools, art has the power to extend our capacities beyond those that nature has originally endowed us with. Art  compensates us for certain inborn weaknesses, in this case of the mind rather than the body, weaknesses that we can refer to as psychological frailties.”

“Few of us are entirely well balanced. Our psychological histories, relationships and working routines mean that our emotions can incline grievously in one direction or another. We may, for example, have a tendency to be too complacent, or too insecure; too trusting, or too suspicious; too serious, or too light-hearted.  Art can put us in touch with concentrated doses of our missing dispositions, and thereby restore a measure of equilibrium to our listing inner selves.”

“The task for artists, therefore, is to find new ways of prying open our eyes to tiresomely…

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