This production thesis explores the process of songwriting and how it relates to the field of psychotherapy. The author’s experience composing a new song, “All the Friends That I Have Found,” is used as data to examine the steps within the creative process, utilizing artistic-creative and heuristic methodologies. By exploring research in the field of imagination and creativity, this thesis addresses the question: How does the artistic process of song composition inform the practice of psychotherapy? Particular attention is paid to overcoming writer’s block and the psychologist Carl Jung’s theory of active imagination. The simple act of play can allow access to unconscious images, thereby providing a framework where creativity—and even individuation—can take place. By including the experiences of well-known folk and rock composers, the author found that elements of nature, exercise, place, timing, and ritual all help to promote the accessibility of unconscious material.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Creative writing, Music, Counseling Psychology|
|Keywords:||Active imagination, Artist, Creativity, Imagination, Music, Songwriting|
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