chapter  6
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Creativity: Friend and foe

The subjective experience of this individual and the analyst’s interpretation point to the signifi cance of the construct of self for our understanding of imagination: The human self, however obscure or elusive a construct it may be, is susceptible to the feeling of expansion or reduction and the making of meaning — which is what imagination serves — determines that feeling. Edward Tronick ( 2008 ) has observed that “When creating new meanings, individuals — infants, children, adults — grow in every possible way and experience joy, interest, curiosity, and exuberance.” This, he adds in conformity with the analogy of art making to psychoanalysis that frames this book, is what we see “in adults when an interpretation takes hold.” It is a matter of successfully “making sense of one’s place in the world” (p. 7).