TUESDAY, March 4 , 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

Three Transferences Encountered in the Treatment of Creative Individuals

presenter: Richard Zimmer, M.D.
discussant: Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.

In this paper, the author describes three transference configurations encountered in the treatment of individuals who struggle, successfully or unsuccessfully, to do creative work. These configurations are related to different phases of the creative process - the moment of inspiration, the artist’s mastery of his medium, and the communication to the audience in a way that weaves together affective and symbolic elements of the artists’ vision. They shed light on the shifting object world of the creative artist, on aspects of the creative process, and on some of the dynamics that may interfere with that process. An illustrative clinical example is presented.