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Doe onderzoek naar Harry Mulisch en psychoses.


Harry Mulisch, a renowned Dutch writer, had a unique approach to his craft, often blending his life experiences with his fictional works. One notable aspect of Mulisch’s writing was his tendency to transform himself into a ‘novel-reality’ in his writing, creating a kind of absolute reality that was more real to him than the actual world. This approach raises the question of whether the sublimation of a psychosis could lead to valuable creative output. Mulisch’s experiences, particularly his intense personal and psychological states, likely contributed significantly to the depth and richness of his work​​. (see: www.

The relationship between psychological health and creativity is a complex and debated topic. For instance, Sigmund Freud’s suggestion to Gustav Mahler that curing his psychological problems might reduce his creative abilities indicates that creativity can often stem from inner conflicts and unresolved psychological issues. However, this idea is controversial, and many modern experts in psychology and creativity dispute it. The connection between resolving psychological issues and the loss of creativity is not clear-cut, as creativity is influenced by various factors including personal experiences, personality, environment, and genetics​​. (see: www.

Regarding Mulisch’s specific case, his unpublished manuscript “Memoirs of a Madman,” written in 1948/49, reportedly led to a period of profound revelations and philosophical visions. Mulisch feared at the peak of this episode that he might become indistinguishable from the ‘madman’ of his writings. He later processed these experiences in his novel “Archibald Strohalm,” published in 1952. This suggests that Mulisch may have indeed sublimated elements of his psychosis into this literary work. Sublimation in psychology and art refers to the process of transforming intense, often confusing emotions, thoughts, or experiences into art or creative expression. However, it’s essential to note that this does not equate to direct psychotherapy or treatment for psychosis​​. (see: www.

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