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Psychoanalysis, Art and the Unconscious

I remember when my interest in psychoanalysis first sparked. I was a high school student when I read the Bulgarian edition of Freud’s “Interpretation of Dreams” for the first time. I remember the outlandish works of art on the book cover – naked bodies, mythical creatures, dark and provocative drawings.

The truth is, art and creativity has always been and will always be a part of the psychoanalytic cure. We strive to find ways to symbolize our internal experiences in a way accessible to other human beings so that we can share and try to relate what’s working within our minds and bodies.

Sometimes, pictures speak louder than words and I always encourage my clients to tap into their creativity, whatever that may be.

Here are 10 art images that make me think of psychoanalysis and the unconscious: 

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Is art a part of your life at all? Please, share your thoughts about the images above.

Psychoanalysis, Art and the Unconscious

Mihaela Bernard, MA, LCPC

Mihaela Bernard, MA, LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor and founder of Inside Family Counseling, LLC in Chicago. She is a Professional Member of the American Counseling Association and a member of Chicago Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Quebec, Canada. She is the author of Mental Health Digest electronic magazine, your free, easy-to-read electronic resource on common mental health issues affecting you and your family, plus some suggestions on how to address them. She specializes in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for troubled children and adolescents, who face behavioral and emotional challenges at home and at school. Her mission is to empower, support and guide children, adolescents and their parents to a happy and healthy family. Mihaela also writes a Parenting Blog, where parents find helpful resources and practical tips on how to support their child and adolescent's behavioral and emotional development. You may find out more about her at

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Last updated: 19 Oct 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 Oct 2017
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