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Q. The Built Environment
I am an architect and would like to find some professional and academic information regarding the study of how our built environment affects the behavior of human beings. I am also interested to see any other information linking human psychology with architecture. I was hoping to find some written articles on this subject matter. I have initiated an internet search when I happened upon your web site. Could you please give me some guidance on this subject, and my search for information. Any advice you may have is much appreciated. Thank you.
Q. Ambition
I am doing a major project on the role of ambition in literature and as a human condition. Here's my problem, almost everything I find gives me a cloudy piece of the puzzle. I am really trying to strike the center of the matter. Also, everything I have found is slanted toward an author's personal bias. Can you help me?
Q. Poems and Songs About Freud
I am doing a research report in which I need two poems and two songs about Freud. I am having trouble finding these and if you have any suggestions. I would greatly appreciate it.
Q. Applied Analysis
Please do not find this question insulting, for it is not meant to be. I am a lowly junior in high school and I am writing an English paper on Wuthering Heights. I decided to use a psychoanalytical approach to determining why the characters behave as they do. I have done quite a bit of online research on this topic and have found several interesting psychological terms that may be of some use. However, also I have found that in each resource the writer seems to know everything and has an innate desire to cure any illness that presents itself. Perhaps you might be able to give me a reason, psychoanalytical or otherwise, why the author seems to write in such a manner. Is there, perhaps, a fear of being inadequate for the analyst if he does not provide an answer for anything? Again, I am not trying to be condescending, although I may very well sound like it.
Q. Architecture and Psychoanalysis
I have found several books and articles on art and psychoanalysis. Do you know of any on architecture and psychoanalysis?
Q. Art and Insanity
I am writing a paper on the idea that artists and genius' tend to be viewed as "insane." I would like to argue that it is not that they are insane but rather they have a different thinking process. Is there any information on this topic?
Q. Art and Psychoanalysis
The poet Robert Lowell asks "Is getting well ever an art or art the way to get well?" I would like to know what Freud might have thought about that.
Q. Creativity and Intelligence
I am a third year psychology student. We have been asked by our lecturer to examine the relationship between creativity and intelligence. Although I have found plenty of information on the relationship between the two, I have not had the same luck in finding information on the differences between tests of creativity and tests of intelligence.
Q. Creativity and Psychosis
I am looking for information about the link between creativity and psychosis, particularly opinions on whether the work of the psychotic artist should be held in the same esteem as that produced by a small number of people who are educated in the fine arts.
Q. Feelings for the Analyst (Transference)
Why is important for an analysand to discuss his/her feelings for the analyst?
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Freud and Theatre

I am currently doing research on psychoanalysis and its effects on theatrical practice and theatrical criticism. Are there any readings that you can recommend?

Q. Hamlet
What are the most valuable resources explaining the psychoanalytic view of Shakespeare's Hamlet? What are your views towards the play?
Q. Humor in Psychotherapy
I am finishing my training as a psychoanalyst in Mexico. I'm starting to work on my thesis and it has been rather difficult finding information on the theme I'm working on. I would appreciate any help you could give me on this matter. The title is: "Humor in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy: Technical Use and Diagnostic Possibilities."
Q. "The Treatment" - a psychoanalytic novel
Is the approach of Dr. Ernesto Morales, a primary character in the 1998 novel, "The Treatment", by Daniel Menaker, a fair - if extreme - representation of psychoanalysis in the seventies? If so, has the approach changed significantly since then?
Q. Psychoanalysis in Film and Television
I am doing an essay on psychoanalysis in film and television. I was wondering if you had any information as to where I might look on the internet or book sources.
Q. Psychoanalysis and Music
Could you please help me find some information in the Internet on the psychoanalysis of the composition of music. Maybe there are some psychoanalytical portraits of composers like Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner and Tchaikovsky.
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Salvador Dali
I am a senior in high school in Taipei. I'm in my last year of finishing the IB diploma. In order to reach the completion I need to submit a 4000 word extended essay concerning a special field of studies. My choice came down to Art/Psychology. The artist I'm basing my research on is Salvador Dali. What I'm trying to do is to analyze Dali with the Psychoanalytic method. Unfortunately, I am not very familiar with the arts of psychoanalysis and all I really could do is introspect on some general knowledge.

So far, I have came to the obvious conclusion that Dali suffered from narcissistic personality disorder. That was easy because he practically writes the syndromes on his forehead. Now, looking at his limited amount of data concerning his childhood, I think his superego didn't go through a strong reinforcement from his parents. His eccentricity has allowed him wiggle out of most judicial situations when he had openly displayed aggression against other classmates in school. Throughout this period of time he had allowed his ego to compromise with his id to the point where they are nearly indistinguishable.

Now so far, all I have said are blatant facts about him. I've made attempts to read through his diary only to have myself hopelessly confused. My problem is that I cannot relate all these syndromes to his art work since I don't know which ones' to pick. Also, I will need to be able to analyze Dali fully first, before I can even begin the pictorial process. HELP!!!

Q. The Rorschach in Creativity
I am Venezuelan, finishing my pregraduate studies in psychology and am interested in developing my thesis on the subject of "poets and personality." I am planning to evaluate with the Rorschach test a total of 30 poets and compare this group to the norms of the Venezuelan population. For that reason I have been trying to locate a bibliography on the subject. Do you think you can help me locate articles on creativity, artists, poets and the Rorschach? I would be very grateful if their is a possibility of locating such articles.
Q. Salvador Dali
I am interested in the essay that was written on Art/Psychology (the psycho-analysis of Salvador Dali).
Q. Storytelling
I am a psychologist writing a paper on the place of storytelling for the new millennium (of course)! I have found no mention of that in any of the literature that I have viewed on the internet. I have found several references to storytelling by Jungian psychoanalysts. Would you please respond?