Every creation springs from an abundance . . . an overflow of energy. Creation is accomplished by a surplus of ontological substance.
The Sacred and the Profane,1957
physical prototype of this good safe way of incorporating exists in the
good sucking activity at the breast, which takes without injuring
(in fact produces more milk) and uses the good milk inside for growth
and to become a good child to the mother. In sucking too the good substance
taken in becomes hidden and irrecoverable, yet is known and felt to be
indubitably there; growth and well-being testify to its presence.
The Collage Methods combined reliance upon physicality and complex equipment contrasts strikingly with the approach taken by virtually all other non-pharmacological therapeutic techniques. It is important, therefore, to understand the background and conceptual support for this divergence. Historically, the non-material, verbal approach inherent in the psychoanalytic model has appeared inseparable from Freuds discovery of the depth to which language penetrates in constituting the psyche and in instituting its conflicts. The subsequent structuralist disentangling of language as system from speech as act might have challenged the identification of the constitutive function of language with the clinical employment of speech, especially as regards its implications for therapeutic method. But in fact a pure, dialogic- (and, consequently, labor-intensive and time-extensive) model of the therapeutic process has proved persuasive wherever the globally formative influence of language itself has been appreciated.