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V. The Creative Genius And The Beloved: Inner-Directed And Outer-Directed Eros

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This chapter considers how Solovyov's and Rozanov's religious conceptions of the sublimating creator differ from those of Freud and from the models of creativity of his renegade disciples who acknowledged the importance of religion in psychic life, C.G. Jung and Otto Rank. These differences fall into three areas: the quantity of libidinal energy available to given creative person; how that energy is changed in quality/nature when it is released in creative acts; and, how the energy is directed when released. Solovyov. Rozanov and Vysheslavtsev posit the erotic energy as unlimited and able to be increased, especially when the creator is involved in a relation of individualized Romantic love. The three Russian religious thinkers who believe a highly individualized passion for a particular person of the opposite sex increases libidinal energy bringing about a surplus of such energy in the creator proffer this as the best model for the creative person.

Keywords: C .G. Jung; Freud; libidinal energy; Otto Rank; Rozanov; Russian religious thinkers; Solovyov; sublimation; Vysheslavtsev



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