Central Park Water Fountain

Central Park Water Fountain

Oftentimes we do things driven by the unconscious mind and that’s why is very difficult to have the coherent answers for them. In photography as in art, the unconscious mind manifests itself often through imagery we only have vague feelings about; gut feelings really.

George Bernard Shaw wrote that the “unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it.” In this maxim, Shaw articulated the rationale behind the use of the word unconscious to describe, in basketball, a player whose every shot seems miraculously to go into the basket. (source: Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus)

The unconscious mind, which in Freud’s opinion is a repository for socially unacceptable ideas, wishes or desires, traumatic memories, and painful emotions put out of mind by the mechanism of psychological repression. However, the contents do not necessarily have to be solely negative. In the psychoanalytic view, the unconscious is a force that can only be recognized by its effects—it expresses itself in the symptom. Unconscious thoughts are not directly accessible to ordinary introspection, but are supposed to be capable of being “tapped” and “interpreted” by special methods and techniques such as meditation, random association, dream analysis, and verbal slips (commonly known as a Freudian slip), examined and conducted during psychoanalysis. Carl Jung developed the concept further. He divided the unconscious into two parts: the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious. The personal unconscious is a reservoir of material that was once conscious but has been forgotten or suppressed. (source: Wikipedia)

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