By Edith Kramer
Edith Kramer is without doubt one of the pioneers within the box of paintings remedy, recognized and revered during the international. This selection of papers displays her life of paintings during this box, displaying how her concepts and perform have constructed through the years. In those papers she considers a large spectrum of matters, drawing jointly her techniques on paintings, paintings treatment, society, ethology and medical perform and putting artwork remedy in its social and historic context. Drawing on examples from her enormous own event as an paintings therapist, Kramer illustrates her conviction that making is primary to the perform of artwork treatment, not easy these paintings therapists within the box who use paintings as a toll for extra verbal psychotherapeutic perform.
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Also, like others, she needs to recognize her own limitations. She must not behave like a layman who, in a case where surgery is obviously needed, rushes in to perform an operation, an action that might readily transform a minor emergency into a fatal one. In urging art therapists to stick to their field and to leave certain kinds of therapeutic function to others, we have, of course, been assuming the highly desirable availability of a mental health team encompassing a broad range of specialties.
An instinct which spends itself through complete gratification will not be available for sublimation. Only when the original aim of the drive is blocked can the inherent energy become available for new purposes. However, this denial must not be too absolute. An instinct which is denied all direct gratification will be repressed so deeply that it will not be available for modification and transformation. For example, if the voyeuristic and aggressive sexual curiosity of a small child is frustrated entirely, the enjoyment of all visual impressions may become blocked, so that no receptiveness for the plastic arts and no talent for painting can develop.
To homogenize the therapies will not only reduce all of them to mediocrity but will in the end also limit the range of available procedures so severely that the search for the ‘treatment of choice’ will be doomed to sure failure. Note 1 This is a condensed version of an editorial published by The American Journal of Art Therapy 16, October 1976. CHAPTER 5 The Unity of Process and Product1 Oversimplification and imprecision in our thinking that may seem negligible in themselves are apt to have far-reaching consequences.
Art As Therapy: Collected Papers by Edith Kramer