The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging

Painting and Our Inner World

The Psychology of Image Making

Authors: Machotka, Pavel

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That painting is at least in part an expression of the painter's personality is obvious from the differences between very impulsive and very controlled painters - between the paintings of a Picasso, for example, and a Piet Mondriaan. But these differences have not been looked at in a controlled setting. In this book, Machotka sets out to understand the images produced by a broad sample of students and to connect them to the students' inner lives - to their interpersonal relations, their wishes and fears, their impulses and inhibitions. Their image making was followed in detail and their personality was studied in a long clinical interview, producing a rich, individual picture of the style and substance of the inner life of each. Then the images were grouped into seven types by cluster analysis. The personal data were found to fit the image clusters closely: for example, images with little form and much narration were produced by people with strong compensatory longings, while dense, collaged images were made by participants who exercised relentless control over one major issue in their life. Other individuals had a strong need to integrate their lives and produced well-formed, well-composed images. As expected, no single motive explained all artistic activity - but the style of the images, such as their inhibited formality, abstractness, or fluid boldness, reflected what could be called the map of each participant's interpersonal world.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Painting and Our Inner World
Book Subtitle
The Psychology of Image Making
Authors
Series Title
The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-0127-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-0127-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-47408-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-4936-5
Series ISSN
1566-709X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 217
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