Mother, Melancholia, and Art in Erik H. Erikson's Toys and Reasons

In three earlier articles (2007a, 2007b, 2007c), I focused on the theme of the relationship of melancholia and the mother, and suggested that the melancholic self may experience humor, play, and dreams as restorative resources. In this article, I want to make a similar case, based on Erik H. Erikson...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Main Author: Capps, Donald 1939-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V. [2007]
In: Journal of religion and health
Year: 2007, Volume: 46, Issue: 3, Pages: 369-383
Further subjects:B Memorial service
B Greeting ceremony
B Annunciation
B Species
B Mother-melancholia
B Erik H. Erikson
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:In three earlier articles (2007a, 2007b, 2007c), I focused on the theme of the relationship of melancholia and the mother, and suggested that the melancholic self may experience humor, play, and dreams as restorative resources. In this article, I want to make a similar case, based on Erik H. Erikson's Toys and Reasons (1977), for art (in this particular case, a painting of the Annunciation). I have made a similar case for the restorative role of art in articles on Leonard da Vinci's Mona Lisa (Capps, Pastoral Psychology, 53, 107-137, 2004) and James McNeill Whistler's painting of his mother (Capps, Pastoral Psychology, 2007d). In the present article, however, I focus on the special biographical circumstances in Erikson's own development of a melancholy self and the painting he discusses in Toys and Reasons, thereby suggesting that individuals may find a particular work of art especially relevant to their own experience of melancholy. I conclude with Erikson's testimonial at the memorial service of a colleague and friend who translated her own melancholy into her service to others.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s10943-007-9120-7