Writing and Psychoanalysis: Seeing an Author’s Kitchen or Spirituality

Writing and psychoanalysis have always seemed to me to be two fields that go hand in hand and have a lot of similarities. We can say that writing expresses the effort to understand oneself by transforming into someone else, and the effort to return to oneself by understanding another. It is a journey of expressing oneself in the image of another by disguising and playing a role. So a writer who is blind and deaf to others will probably have a hard time tapping into matters of his own as well. Only in this way can the author be involved in a process where he can transform and descend into the layers of his being. The psychoanalysis that takes place between the psychoanalyst and the analysand is a long journey in which this transformation takes place directly with the person himself. In a good work of art written by establishing a connection, we definitely encounter the layers and content of the author’s spirituality. Many materials that the author has hidden from himself in his writing experience have the opportunity to emerge. We can think that the act of writing, which is far from thinking and allows more intuition to reveal creative processes, has a feature that reveals the unconscious.

Even under the gaze of the other, the writing area is the one that allows the least self-censorship. This action, which is done in oblivion, involves too much privacy. By leaving himself, the author establishes an organic relationship with the text and can take the opportunity to eliminate everyone but himself. While he continues to work with all his worries and desires, he speaks to the text as if he were a “psychoanalyst”. Sometimes he waits and listens, sometimes he keeps writing. Time is needed in this pursuit of self-reflection and understanding. Just as in analysis something changes but we don’t know how or when it is transformed.

While the act of writing keeps the mind and intuition intertwined, it necessarily brings with it a state of complete surrender. This situation similarly reminds us to accept the passivity in psychoanalysis. Writing is an associative process. The act of writing, in which the unconscious field is dominant, is similar to the state of being in the stream where the person leaves himself on the sofa and the words are poured out, just like in psychoanalysis. Those who come out of the author at that moment definitely carry traces of his spirituality. For this reason, the emergence of our sense of amazement and admiration in front of a work may be due to our encounter and contact with a material that carries realistic traces of the author’s spirituality, conflicts and troubles.

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