Getting it out

Putting things into words (or music or painting) is indeed making conscious what has hitherto not been fully so. By removing what is in our minds from within to 'out there', we alter our attitude towards these contents.

A phantasy which has never been spoken or written is differently apprehended by the person who harbours it from the same phantasy when it has been objectified. This is not only because, once written or spoken, it can be communicated and shared with another person; it is because it becomes an object separate from the person himself, which can be contemplated and studied by the person himself.

[Anthony Storr]
The Dynamics of Creation, p.224


  1. ... I now urge my patients at such times actually to paint what they have seen in dream or fantasy.

    As a rule, I am met with the objection: "I am not a painter." To this I usually reply that neither are modern painters - for which reason modern painting is absolutely free - and that it is anyhow not a question of the beautiful, but merely of the trouble one takes with the picture.

    [C.G. Jung]
    Modern Man In Search Of A Soul ('The Aims of Psychotherapy'), p.69

  2. [About Psychologist and writer Anthony Storr] Storr's reputation as a writer and broadcaster began with the publication of his first book, The Integrity Of The Personality, in 1960. He was 40, and, up to that point, had not thought of himself as a writer.

    "I just felt the need to explain to myself what the hell I thought I was doing," he said. "For me, that is the motive for writing anything. I get intrigued by a puzzle, and writing a book is the best way to solve it."