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Creativity, self creation, and the treatment of mental illness

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This paper examines how an understanding of systematic findings about creative processes involved in art, literature, and science can be applied to the effective treatment of mental illness. These findings and applications are illustrated by particular reference to the work of the poet Sylvia Plath and the treatment of a patient who aspired to become a writer.

  • self creation
  • creativity
  • psychotherapy
  • destructiveness
  • suicide
  • Sylvia Plath

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