The Assault of Radiance, Oil on Canvas , 80 x 120, Dean Melbourne 2013. Available with Coates and Scarry at Affordable Art Fair, Battersea. October 24 – 27th.
Much of mental life including thoughts, emotions and motives is unconscious, which means we sometimes behave in ways that are inexplicable even to ourselves.”
Mental processes including emotions and motivations operate in parallel. We can have conflicting feelings about the same person or situation at the same time
Notes paraphrased from 2009 Richmond Lecture
Timothy L. Hulsey, VCU psychology professor and dean of the honors college engages students and faculty in the Core Course and the psychology, MLC and English departments in a general forum on the relationship between Freudian theory and mainstream American psychological science.
“You do not even think of your own past as quite real; you dress it up, you gild it or blacken it, censor it, tinker with it….you fictionalize it, in a word , and put it away on a shelf – your book, your romanced autobiography. We are all in flight from the real reality. That is the basic definition of Homo Sapiens.”
Quote by John Fowles
Gordon A. Craig ( A Scottish – American historian) identified these aspects of a romantic in his book The German
- A certain melancholy wishfulness
- An undefined longing
- An alienation from reality
- A tendency to introversion
- An emersion of the self in “the mysterious forces of nature and God”
- A pervasive pessimism and obsession with death