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Introduction To Part Two

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The psychoanalysts and religious thinkers use the word &t;creativity&t; in two distinct, but not unrelated, meanings. The first, personality-construction, signifies the willful strengthening or perfecting of the individual's own personality, a use that can be an ethical a moral imperative, or therapeutic one, in the sense of effecting a mental or spiritual &t;cure&t;. The second meaning is the more common usage, in which creativity denotes the activity of producing sublime works of art or other significant contributions to civilization. Creativity is a fairly narrow term in Freud. He very rarely refers to sublimation and creativity in the first sense, of an analyst-guided reforming of personality in which the analysand actively participates. James L. Rice is the first scholar to treat Dostoevsky's manifold influence on Freud in the necessary depth as well as the influence of Dmitry S. Merezhkovsky.

Keywords: creativity; Dmitry S. Merezhkovsky; Freud; sublimation



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