Artists often create to deal with challenging emotions and thoughts.
The photo is Meryl Streep in the movie Into the Woods (2014). She has said acting “has to do with working out private passions that are almost inscrutable to me.
“I just get to work out all my murderous thoughts and my weaknesses and my failures and things I don’t want to do as a parent or work out on the family.
“I need acting as an outlet. I love it. It feeds my imagination. It connects me to understanding.”
From my article: The Alchemy of Art: Creative Expression and Healing.
In an article on this topic by psychologist Cheryl Arutt, she notes,
“Creating art has always been a way to channel emotional intensity.
“In a world where destructive acting out is all too frequent (and meticulously documented and sensationalized on the news and TMZ), sublimating painful feelings by expressing them in the form of artistic expression allows the artist to choose to ‘act out’ in a way that is constructive.”
But, she adds, “Many creative people carry the belief that their pain is the locus of their creativity, and worry that they will lose their creativity if they work through their inner conflicts or let go of suffering.
“These artists hold onto their pain as if it were a lifeline, even finding ways to enhance it…”
She notes, “Learning how to regulate internal states, how and when to use self-soothing techniques, and how to know when we are actually safe — these are key to emotional well-being for anyone, but for artists, they are especially useful.”
Continued in her article
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