Coping with the trauma of abandonment through artistic expression - EXPeditions

Coping with the trauma of abandonment through artistic expression

by Josh Cohen
  • Key point 1
    According to Donald Winnicott, when we experience traumatic abandonment that the mind is unable to process, this gives rise to the pain of emptiness.
  • Key point 2
    For Julia Kristeva, abjection involves a level of pain and incomprehension of one’s own pain that seem to go beyond the possibility of representation.
  • Key point 3
    The transformation of experiences of abandonment into something with symbolic value is a way of surviving them; art and literature are full of such examples.