Invitation and Theme – Spring 2024 – The Unconscious, the Unknown, the Unsaid
As is well known, we owe the notion of the unconscious to Sigmund Freud, who first articulated the idea in his book published in 1900 on The Interpretation of Dreams. Freud considered dreams as “the royal way” to accessing the unconscious. He explained the structure of the psyche in a remarkably spatial manner, often summarized as an iceberg, with the conscious mind as the proverbial tip and the unconscious below, much larger but hidden from sight. That concealed and mysterious mass holds what is repressed: what we don’t want to face or have been forced to bury deep inside us.
Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare, oil on canvas, 101.6 × 126.7 cm, 1781, Detroit Institute of Arts (photo: Wikimedia Commons).
This is a call for honesty and courage. Here are some prompts to get you thinking:
- How do you explore the dark recesses of your psyche?
- In what ways do you allow your unconscious to speak to you?
- How do you listen to your unconscious?
- How do you discover what is unknown and unsaid?
- How do you make visible what is repressed and buried inside you?
- What has such exploration revealed to you?
- Why do you feel compelled to face and express such hidden realities?
- How do you reveal what is unknown and speak what is unsaid? And why is it important to you?
- How are these troubled times reflected in your dreams and art?
Thank you,MAJ Editorial Board: Natasha Mayers, Nora Tryon, Véronique Plesch, and Betsy Sholl (poetry editor)