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The Collected Monster

by David Mathew

Mother-Daughter Ambivalence According to Sigmund Freud and Chantal Akerman

by Missy Molloy

The neuro-philosophy of archetype in visual aesthetics: from Plato to Zeki and beyond

by Dyutiman Mukhopadhyay

'Knots': Drawing out Threads of the Literary Laing

by Adrian Chapman

The trauma of the flashback: memory and its suffering (negotiated through Gerhard Richter’s painting ‘September.’)

by Anna Walker

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The Collected Monster

by David Mathew

This UK-centric paper explores Freud's theories of groups and the influence that they have had on contemporary horror fiction, using the British riots of the summer of 2011 as working examples. Initially drawing on Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, I explore the presentation of characters who, when faced with an external threat, form groups whose members abandon their individual ideals in favour of the group ego, as a means of survival. In the perusal of these group formations and dissolutions, this paper also draws on Beyond the Pleasure Principle and on Civilization and Its Discontents. The paper argues, furthermore, that while the group’s formation seems at first to have been the decision of its individual members, in fact this formation is the work of the external threat, and paradoxically it is the group that creates the threat. The paper also looks at leadership formation and destruction.

PsyArt is an online, peer-reviewed journal featuring articles using a psychological approach to the arts. We provide a rapid publication decision and a large and international readership. The journal is open to any psychology and any art, although PsyArt specializes in psychoanalytic psychology and literature or film.