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On Creativity and the Unconscious

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  8 reviews
On Creativity and the Unconscious brings together Freud's important essays on the many expressions of creativity—including art, literature, love, dreams, and spirituality. This diverse collection includes "The 'Uncanny,'" "The Moses of Michelangelo," "The Psychology of Love," "The Relation of the Poet to Day-Dreaming," "On War and Death," and "Dreams and Telepathy."
Paperback, 310 pages
Published January 28th 1976 by HarperCollins (first published January 1976)
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It’s a rich book, with a lot of case studies, which I happened to read while preparing a thesis for a course in medical nutrition that I was taking as hobby. What I retained the most is the following:

Everything that we experience, through our senses and emotions, filters through a shift and stores in our conscious, catalogued by certain associations that are unknown to us. Later, when we encounter a trigger, these stored information flow out from our unconscious, in a manner that is personal to
Doug H
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a reread of a text assigned for a creative writing class taught by Laurie Scheck (spelling?), a poet in her own right and one of my favorite teachers during my college days at Rutgers University. My favorite essay remains 'The Uncanny', ecpecially the section on the doppelgänger. Agent Cooper from David Lynch's new season of Twin Peaks had already brought all of that back for me, but I'd completely forgotten (suppressed?) everything about 'The Devouring Vagina'. That section made me rea ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This book contains a few interesting articles from Freud, and a few that weren't engaging for various reasons (sexist, obviously incorrect, ridiculous, and highly speculative, to name a few.)

"The Relation of the Poet to Day-Dreaming" was an interesting piece in which he attempts to determine how poets and authors and wordsmiths manage to connect with their readers. As a writer, I found a lot of what he was saying to be true and applicable.

"The Uncanny" was perhaps my favorite article from the bo
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freud's take on creativity and how in some ways this plays out without our awareness is quite enjoyable. A personal favorite essay is his reflection on death and war during World War I. It is enlightening, and dare I say a little existential in it's thinking. This is Freud at his best in my opinion. The pieces where he is hammering home the Oedipus complex, are not as entertaining, but that is likely because Freud was made into a caricature of himself in recent times, so these feel dry, formulai ...more
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Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings about the book: I like the writings on art; the analysis of a demonized painter shed some light on the feelings of smallness I go through and hate to admit. Never liked all the theories about castration or Oedipus.
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Freud at his best. Finally.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Flat and boring conjecture. Some of Freud's popular ideas and subjects are discussed but they are not used well. I would not re-read or recommend any of of he essays in this book.
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
amazing. wish i had read this years ago. by contemporary standards, a brilliant analysis of art, literature and character. he really is my hero.
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Dr. Sigismund Freud (later changed to Sigmund) was a neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, who created an entirely new approach to the understanding of the human personality. He is regarded as one of the most influential—and controversial—minds of the 20th century.

In 1873, Freud began to study medicine at the University of Vienna. After graduating, he worked at the Vienna General Hospital