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Psychoanalytic reflections

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The demand for a psychoanalysis may come after a period of psychological stabilization, where the person may be afforded the psychical opportunity or resources, to ask a question about one’s being in the world. The analytic process may intend at exploring someone’s psychical investments in ideas, concepts, or objects of interest. One’s personal histories may be a source of inspiration, or may be a source of distress, or make one feel stuck, in life. In the course of exploring the person’s identifications, new ones may emerge over time, and so the person’s subjective position in life may also gradually change over time. The analytic process is a creative and constructive process, of exploration, understanding and doing something different with one’s presence or contribution in life.

Borrowing an example from art, Persian rugs are some of the most complex hand made creations in the world. Each Persian rug has its own particular history, the patterns from which each rug is created originating from nomadic and ethnic stories and myths such as inspiration from the poetic tales from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, as well as the reflections of the different periods and ruling dynasties. Archeological excavations have confirmed that the Persian rug was not discovered, that it has been a part of the fabric of the culture and its peoples from its beginnings. The women in the tribe may produce the designs from sketches and not manufactured patterns. A Persian rug is prized for its intricacy, quality, and knot count structure, with some of the Persian rugs having as many as 500 knots per square inch. There are loosely knotted rugs too, which might need the support of an extra string, and some other knots, which have to be undone. Without the support of the knots, which are firmly fastened to the strings of the board behind them, the foreground strings cannot hold, and so the rug cannot exist.

The real Persian rug is an expression of the creators’ own narrative, stories and creativity, with imperfections and irregularities that add character to the anatomy or the bodily expression of the rug. One can see the anatomical irregularities at the knots on the back of the rug. Similar to one’s body, these irregularities on the rug are not defects, and make the rug more precious, they indicate something of the weaver’s influence. If the rug was flawless, one can be confident that the rug is not authentic, that it is likely machine-made. In psychoanalysis one may work to construct knowledge of one’s subjective experience, and to create something authentic with one’s difference. In the psychoanalytic experience, and using rug weaving as a metaphor, one learns the artisanship involved in knotting a very personal rug, adding one’s own personal twist on the foundations of an existing fabric, where one’s family or cultural impressions were once engraved.