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ERIC Number: ED308458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 6
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Ego-Syntonic Aspects of Adult Play and Creativity.
Smolucha, Larry; Smolucha, Francine
Creativity research has traditionally regarded the creative process as involving a full or partial regression of the ego to a more primitive state of consciousness. An alternative interpretation involves an ego-syntonic concept. This developmental model of ego-syntonic play and its role in creativity is derived from a synergistic combination of concepts from psychoanalytic and Vygotskian paradigms. While some play and creative activities may be characterized by voluntary and/or involuntary regressions, an ego-syntonic state provides access to the unconscious imagination without a corresponding loss of ego functions. Moreover, when play and creativity become ego-syntonic activities, unconscious processes such as imagination become consciously directed and work in collaboration with normal ego functions such as logical thought. Three types of parent-child interactions can be identified that have implications for the types of play and creative processes found in adults. These are: (1) the parent who is critical of play, who does not encourage the child's exploration, expression, or fantasizing; (2) the parent who allows the child to play but does not offer direction; and (3) the parent who encourages the child to play, is tolerant of the child's mistakes and silliness, and even plays along with the child. The experiences of the ego-syntonic state may be maximized by the individual's learning how to use inner speech to evoke and monitor the cognitive processes and emotions involved in the ego-syntonic condition. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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