Art and the Integrated Personality

Publication Date



Master of Arts (MA)

Committee or Advisor Chair

Frank R. Blume, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Douglas C. Bowman, Ph.D.

Mary Ann Bonino [sic], Ph.D.


art, personality, integrated personality, transpersonal psychology, creativity, individuality, society


Art and Design | Developmental Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Transpersonal Psychology


For many years, perhaps all my conscious life, I have been aware of my own profound need to trust my inner visions. Whatever growth I have achieved has occurred because I first "envisioned" it, and then had the courage to follow the visions with constructive work, usually at the expense of much derision from the significant people in my life, together with an acute awareness of the pain I inflicted on them because they couldn't understand what I was about. Envisioning is part of the work of the inner artist, but I grew up in a world that belittled creative individuality. Therefore, any period of change was extremely stressful for me. Often I did not have the courage to face that pain. I intuited from the days of my early childhood that something was wrong with a world that wanted to rob me of my rich inner life. Mistrusting its wisdom, I turned inward and rejected much teh outer world seemed to value; mistrusting myself, and with little societal validation, I experienced a chronic adolescent depression.


Department: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

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