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By George Hagman

ISBN-10: 9042018569

ISBN-13: 9789042018563

“George Hagman appears to be like anew at psychoanalytic rules approximately artwork and wonder during the lens of present developmental psychology that acknowledges the significance of attachment and affiliative motivational platforms. In discussion with theorists similar to Freud, Ehrenzweig, Kris, Rank, Winnicott, Kohut, and so forth, Hagman brings the psychoanalytic knowing of aesthetic event into the twenty first century. He amends and extends previous ideas and gives a wealth of stimulating new rules in regards to the inventive approach, the precise, attractiveness, ugliness, and –perhaps his most unusual contribution–the elegant. specially welcome is his grounding of aesthetic event in intersubjectivity and future health instead of individualism and pathology. His emphasis on shape instead of the content material of an individual's aesthetic event is a stimulating new course for psychoanalytic concept of paintings. With this paintings Hagman stands within the corporation of his predecessors with this deeply-learned,! sensitively conceived, and provocative basic concept of human aesthetic experience.” Ellen Dissanayake, writer of paintings and Intimacy: How the humanities begun and Homo Aestheticus: the place artwork Comes From and Why.

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Mother’s beauty goes beyond her physical appearance. It includes all aspects of mother/child interaction, such as rhythm of breathing, shared warmth, quality of touch, and facial responsiveness. The “good feed” that Winnicott talks about is not just about appetite and holding; it is also an aesthetic experience. The child experiences a confluence of interactions that possess formal qualities, such as temporal sequencing, vocal pitch, visual balance, and vibrancy. In an encounter with the idealized object, the experience of the meeting is intensely affective, profoundly meaningful, and felt to be perfect.

Thus, object relations theory was the first psychoanalytic theory to offer the possibility of a developmental aesthetic. Specifically, the idea that 20 AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE aesthetic experience is an aspect of the depressive position supports the notion that it has early developmental roots. Lee (1948, 1950) was also critical of Freud’s model of sublimation and developed an approach to aesthetic experience similar to the object relations one. Lee believed that aesthetic experience arises from efforts to achieve atonement for guilt associated with destructive fantasy.

Thus, aesthetic pleasure is a response to the moral goodness found at the core of humanity in relation to God. Beauty for Kant was a human thing, reflecting an ideal grounded in truth beyond everyday aesthetic taste. Later, Francis Jeffrey (1816) also argued for the human source of the aesthetic. He believed that: It is man and man alone that we see in the beauties of the earth which he inhabits; it is the idea of the enjoyment of feelings that animates the existence of sentient beings, that calls forth all our emotions, and is the parent of beauty [p.

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