When words are not enough to express what’s working within the human body and soul, psychoanalysis urges us to find alternative ways to express ourselves. As a psychoanalytically oriented clinican, I am often put in a position to listen to the unspoken and to find ways to put it into words. This may sound somwhat enigmatic but it is almost like telepathy of sorts – when a clinican is so attuned to a person in front of them that they can almost “read their mind.” You can imagine how exhausting this can be if done on a daily basis and that’s why not every session is a truly psychoanalytic session. Also, to be able to do that kind of work, one must take care of oneself. What I tend to do apart from the usuals of music, gym, quality sleep and quality time with family and friends is art. I’ve always had a thing for visual and performing arts – filmmaking, painting, drawing, photopgraphy, theater, you name it. Art is one way for people to make their mark onto the world and leave a trace of themselves in history and to touch others with a piece of their individual experience and humanity.
As a way to send off the old year and welcome the new one, I wanted to share some inspirational images that can hopefully take us away from the gloomy, rainy and sad topics I have touched on in the past few months, and help us take a look at a more hopeful, bright and inspiring future. In a world that is full of pain and suffering, we need to access that part of humanity that speaks of and points to THE BEAUTIFUL. Not everything is roses and unicorns but it sure feels great, when we can find beauty and bliss in an ocean full of tears. That is why I do what I do. I wish you a happy and pink New Year 2019!