I’ve been slowing down my writing production over the past year, as my mind and psyche shift away from the mental side into more intuitive and contemplative states. For many years I’ve been “drawing” portraits of the psyche in the language of depth psychology—with words, phrases, theory, examples, and explanations.
As I write, I try to express my words artfully, but now I want to supplement words with images—while having fun with colors, pens, and brushes—and create pictures that reveal the dynamics of inner conflict and human dysfunction.
For starters I’ve created an artistic portrayal of the human psyche and published it here. (The image is a bit washed out–the original looks better.)
This artwork still needs text to explain what is portrayed, and this post provides that information. The artwork has eleven characters and symbols, and the image has enough pixels to be enlarged for closer inspection. It is missing a background: my artistic ability is awaiting further development.
Seven of these images represent troublesome parts of our psyche. Call them the Seven Dworks. They’re like renegade operating systems, totally out of harmony with one another and with our better self. The four other depictions represent what is good, creative, and great about us. I’ll say a tiny bit about each of these—and save the best for last.
Let’s start with the gruesome figure at bottom right. It represents our nasty, primitive inner critic, the seat of self-aggression. It (it’s certainly not a he or she) is wearing a crown because it assumes to be our rightful voice of authority, although its power is irrational, illegitimate, and downright abusive. [Read more…]