chapter  1
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Introductory remarks

In the domain of the humanities, our psychoanalytic culture is both an addressive and an observational discipline – with therapeutic aims, moreover. In this area things primarily ‘exist’ if there is a cognitive/cultural space for them to develop. But then, when one happens to introduce an expression such as, for instance, ‘ ordinary genius,’ it may resonate in our minds and almost function as a magnet in the pursuit of our concerns. For, in fact, we cannot ask the question ‘What is ordinary genius?’ It only exists as a worthy focus of attention if we are interested in the quest and question of the everyday, inconspicuous, silent forms of genius. And although it cannot be approached as a matter of factual research, once our attention has captured the psychic intensity of the question, it will defi nitely enhance the quality of observation, refl ection and interaction.