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The Hidden Order of Art: A Study in the Psychology of Artistic Imagination

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A revealing study into the relationship between psychology and the arts.

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miradas

The psychology of creativity

by miradas on Aug 30, 2008

This is no easy read. But it is the single most important book on creativity. The depth mind views the world in a different way than the surface mind. Ehrenzweig tells the story of the mum with a horror mask, that doesn't frighten the infant. The infants mind perceive in a syncretistic way, while a mature child and an adult perceive from analysis. This is automatic, not a conscious choice. It comes from growth. The depth mind resembles the infant way of perception, while the surface mind perceive like an adult. Both the infant and the mature child can only see fragments of mums face behind the horror mask. The difference is that the infant see mum behind the mask and dont get frighten, while the mature child see the mask and get scared. This story is not a major theme in Ehrenzweig's book, but it gives you a hint of what the surface and the depth mind is in his theory of the hidden order. Art requires a minimum surface fragmentation to "hook" the depth mind. The hidden order needs to be unravel by this depth mind, or art has no meaning. When the subconscious looks behind the veil(the surface harmony), it "sees" order in chaos and fragmentation. Ehrenzweig's theory of the hidden order of art is in no way easy to understand. It takes time and energy, but foremost it requires your depth mind to activate. The book is in itself written with the hidden order in mind, and the fragmentation will assemble to meaning once you get past the surface mind. He is good writer, and the book gives you a feeling of unraveling something deep and spiritual. Ehrenzweig died right after sending this manuscript to the publisher. He didn't live to see it in print. Marion Milner, another good writer within the same field, reviewed the manuscript before it got published.

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