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Explains how the examine of poetry, through offering reports just like these produced through poetry treatment, might help scholars detect themselves and strengthen their power to impact switch on the earth.

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A Therapeutic Approach to Teaching Poetry: Individual Development, Psychology, and Social Reparation

Explains how the examine of poetry, by way of offering studies just like these produced through poetry remedy, might help scholars realize themselves and strengthen their capability to impression swap on the planet.

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Instincts must be controlled for social purposes, but must not be denied. One of our goals in studying poetry, which is also a good goal in life, is to face and learn to effectively cope with—rather than avoid or react with hostility toward—anxiety-inducing internal and external reality. gaining awareness and overcoming defenses / 11 More recent theorists have explored the differences between what we might refer to as positive and negative defenses. George Vaillant follows Anna Freud in praising the ego for its adaptability to the external world through defenses.

Fantasizing is a primary process free from the restraints of the secondary processes. This activity “begins already in children’s play, and later, [is] continued as day-dreaming” in adult life (222). In “Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming,” Freud makes this connection between the play of early childhood and the regressive creative writing of adulthood explicit saying that “every child at play behaves like a creative writer, in that he creates a world of his own” (IX 143). Freud also makes the link between creative writing and dreaming explicit in this essay saying that “our dreams at night are nothing else than phantasies”—the type that creative artists make use of (148).

New revelations and realizations can lead to an experience of fragmentation, but this fragmentation is a necessary step for ultimate renewal. Stephen Levine writes, [A] major theme of my thinking is the necessity of fragmentation, the refusal to find premature solutions that would only cover over differences in a façade of unity. At the same time, I find myself striving always towards integration, motivated by a hope for wholeness and reconciliation. It is this activity of working through disintegration that I consider to be at the core of the creative and therapeutic processes.

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