Psychological ailments can express themselves in different forms, but whatever the form they take, Jungian psychoanalysis has one way of dealing with them- studying the unconscious state of clients; this is called psychodynamics. It would interest you that several people that seem okay have traces of psychological strain that can only be diagnosed through psychotherapeutic procedures. Psychological strain can manifest in the form of inhibited creativity, emotional imbalance and difficulty in body movement.
The Jungian psychotherapeutic approach to solving this problem involves analysing different elements of a client’s unconscious state including their fantasy world, dreams and unguarded moments. Inference on the exact type of emotional stress a person is going through could also be made from the type of psychological strain symptom a client manifest. Somatic symptoms like sudden loss of voice, rheumatism and creative block are common with artist, writers and singers going psychological strain.
The Jungian psychoanalysis therapy process recognizes two fundamental axioms as critical to the recovery of the client. The first is repair and healing, the second is the direction of growth.
Many times, Jungian psychoanalysts first want to focus on the emotional healing of the client on the basis that somatic symptoms seize as soon as a client gains emotional balance.
The romantic image of the “tormented artist”
It is quite unfortunate and pathetic that many artists often accept the fact that they are better off in a state of emotional instability as many erroneously think their creative ability is induced by the somatic symptoms they manifest when psychologically strained.
However, in psychoanalysis this is far from true; in fact what an artist experiences at this time is creativity block- the direct opposite; this is in psychoanalysis is called “sublimation”. In psychoanalysis literatures they come as a result of frustration and unsatisfied sexual desires. In a struggle to put the frustrations under control, the body expends the energy that would have been used for creative work. .
To attend to the peculiar psychological strain persons in the field of art could suffer, a separate discipline- art therapy has been carved out of the broad field of psychotherapy. Here particular attention is paid to the study of how persons can express artistic creative abilities and the conditions that dampen them. Art therapy has been proven to work even for family, group and therapeutic procedures for psychiatric patients.