Analysis Of Sigmund Freud's Psychodynamic Approach

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Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis for the first time raised the issue of unconscious. Psychoanalysis states that our unconscious plays an important role on actions we take in life and the sensual ego is meaningless without the unconscious. Sensual ego is the combination of the conscious and the unconscious. However, what these conscious and unconscious exactly are? In order to understand these terms we need to know two basic concepts in psychoanalysis-‘the pleasure principle’ and ‘the reality principle’. Human culture restricts human from their instinctual structure. According to Freud, this restriction is essential for cultural progression and development. The basic instinct of human being is to pursue the goal
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The unconscious might apparently forget the sets but leaves trace behind. Freud cites an example to show how the unconscious operates: “imagine a wax mole covered by a sheet of paper. It leaves no trace of what written on the sheet of paper. The written material is carved on the wax mold. The mold is the inner nature as well as the unconscious while the sheet of paper is like our consciousness”. What is important here is that an artistic creation is a manifested version of the unconscious mind with a dynamic interaction with the conscious one although the artist might not be aware of the function of unconscious shaping what he creates. Painting could be treated as a ‘Pathobiography’, which provides the scheme of expression that the individual lack, but like what happens in dream, the latent disguises itself behind the aesthetic beauty a painting represents. Psychoanalysts study the theme of work and the artist’s personal life to understand the unconscious, which plays the main role in shaping the work of creation. Nevertheless, we should also keep in mind that psychoanalysis does not claim to get an accurate interpretation with full respect of creator’s mind rather expands, explores the art. It explores the footnote the artist leaves behind in form of signs and symbols even when the painting do not carry any idea, subject or concept (for instance, Frida Kahlo’s …show more content…
In this case, why did the phallic symbol vulture’s tail replace the mother’s breast/mother? In Egyptian writing in hieroglyphics, the word mother is shown by the symbol of a vulture often with a phallic head, which is no coincidence according to Freud. Egyptians and Romans believed that vultures only exits in female sex and they possess the magical power to conceive through the wind which is a natural analogy to virgin marry. Egyptian writing was available to the Italians at that time and Vinci was well read. Hence, being an illegitimate child he was brought up by her mother only and he knew her as a virgin. He was sent to her stepmother at the age of five. His paintings the virgin and the child with St.Anne and St.John Baptist, the virgin and the child with St.Anne is the symbolic portrayal of himself, his mother and stepmother. The phallic symbol points toward his origin of homosexuality in the fixation of over affectionate mother that is evident from the recorded document on his arrest for sodomy when he was twenty-four. My paper deals with artistic creations, the psychological (influenced by the instinctual and structural dimensions) influences in artistic creation, how psychoanalysis explores the hidden ,unrevealed and how psychoanalysis produce significance to paintings and all this above mentioned

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