Monday, October 14, 2013

Sublimation and Creativity

Experiments by Kim, Zeppenfeld, and Cohen have provided what may be the first experimental evidence for sublimation, suggesting a cultural psychological approach to defense mechanisms. According to the article published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Protestant men and women (but not Catholic or Jewish males and females) appeared more likely to sublimate taboo sexual feelings and desires into creative artwork such as collages, poems, cartoon captions, and sculptures. And it appeared to be the forbidden or suppressed nature of the emotion (e.g., anger or unacceptable sexual desires or damnation-related words) that gave the emotion its creative power.

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