Entries in psychoanalysis (2)


Creative Anxiety

Creative anxiety is real. Creative aniexty is what Steven Pressfield refers to as resistance. Ressistance are the distractions that keep us from doing the work that needs to be done. I struggle with this daily. Posting a blog can be a distratcion (as my two unfinished paintings stare at me). I can try and make the argument that posting a blog will help my business, but does it really?

My distractions, or resistance, is always annoying but at times can even be destructive. It can also be counter-productive to my goals because I allow myself to concieve unrealistic expectationss. 

I think the best example of creative anxiety can be seen in the character of Pedro in the movie, Napolian Dynamite. Pedro is nervous about running for class president and in a monent of severe dread over the future he loses his rational thought.



Escape and The Cage of Independence

…the act of disobedience [eating from the forbidden tree of knowledge] as an act of freedom is the beginning of reason…the original harmony between man and nature is broken…Man has become separate from nature, he has taken the first step toward becoming human by becoming an ‘individual’…He has committed the first act of freedom.  The myth emphasizes the suffering resulting from this act.  To transcend nature, to be alienated from nature and from another human being, finds man naked, ashamed. He is alone and free, yet powerless and afraid.  The newly won freedom appears as a curse; he is free from the sweet bondage of paradise, but he is not free to govern himself, to realize his individuality.  - Erich Fromm, Escape From Freedom, Chapter 2