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Art as a Domain of Psychological Reality: Morphological Art Research and Art Coaching

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From a cultural–psychological point of view, art reception can be addressed as a domain of psychological experience. Morphological art research is grounded in Sigmund Freud’s early analyses of reception processes (“The Moses of Michelangelo”) and works out complex motivation structures as the psychological foundations of aesthetical experience. Morphological studies in art reception identify ambiguous figurations, such as the vulnerability of leadership expressed in Michelangelo’s Moses (1513–1515), or the fragility of transition in van Gogh’s The Langlois Bridge at Arles (1888), as the impact focus in guided reception processes. From reception analyses, (courageous) methods of psychological intervention have been worked out. In coaching groups with clients, students, and managers, we have developed different settings to apply aesthetical experience in self-reflection courses.

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  • Art psychology
  • Art reception
  • Art coaching
  • Psychological morphology
  • Freud
  • Moses of Michelangelo

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Fitzek, H. (2022). Art as a Domain of Psychological Reality: Morphological Art Research and Art Coaching. In: Watzlawik, M., Salden, S. (eds) Courageous Methods in Cultural Psychology. Theory and History in the Human and Social Sciences. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-93535-1_11

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