Writing a Poetry is like looking inside a Black Hole: in other words, the Unconscious is a Singularity.
One of the essential things in the human mind is the concept of identity. Identity is the structure around which it is possible to anchor the characteristic and proper categorical elements, for example feeling male or female, extroverted, introverted, curious and a vast number of other unlisted features.
Having an idea of themselves, an identity, the person can feel unique, particular, not repeatable.
Discovering that you have a double, finding out that you are not unique, is an ancient fear, a disconcerting thing that is told and deepened both in modern films and in classical literature (see Plautus’s “Amphitryon” from which “Sosia” is born common word “double”).
Psychology, however, tells us something else: while identity means sense different and distinguishable from others, for the human being it is necessary to feel part of a category, to feel the same as a group of people. Here’s how the person builds his sense of uniqueness.
So you need to be the same as someone else to be unique.
It is a logical contradiction, but it is not so for our mind, because it works through logical contradictions. Our mind has a “Singularity” in which the logic we know loses its meaning, and those that seem to be contradictory become the basis around which the mind itself organises.
What is a Singularity?
This graph represents the singularity in mathematics. It is a point around which the function tends to infinity. A point that you can come near to, but you can never reach because it is not “finished” and definable.
In the universe, the points of singularity are the black holes. The black hole is a point where the curvature of space-time tends to infinity, due to gravity, which causes it to collapse into a single point.
Here’s an image:
Mathematics, as we can imagine from the picture, describes with its language the black hole and its structure but to do so it must use the concept of infinity.
Infinity is something that cannot be measured, an entity that can be approached but cannot be determined precisely.
In a black hole, the curvature of space-time tends to infinity. In this case, it is the dimensions of the universe that we know, space and time, that are no longer definable and measurable.
We do not know, and we cannot know what kind of laws govern the relations between objects in the singularity, we only know that the laws of relativity defined by Einstein are no longer valid.
The Unconscious is a Singularity
Even our mind has a singularity that is expressed just like a black hole, in an infinite where the dimensions of space and time that we know cancel each other out. In this singularity, which is the unconscious, logical relations cancel each other out, and another logic takes over, the logic of the unconscious, which functions according to different laws.
The unconscious is a way of functioning of our mind, which coexists alongside the conscious mind and its rational and scientific logic. In the unconscious, time and space, as in the black hole, cease to exist because within it all relationships become symmetrical (for an explanation of symmetrical logic see here).
The unconscious is that way of being of the human mind that makes the relationships confused, overlapping and interchangeable.
We are all aware of this strange way of functioning of our mind because of we all dream. In the dream time and space are undefined, and identities are confused.
While in the black hole it is impossible to look, because everything that enters it (if it goes beyond the event horizon) can no longer come out of it, for the unconscious things are different.
The human mind is organised around its Singularity.
We can try to understand the unconscious logic and look inside it, because our behaviours, our motivations and our emotions are based on this.
Our singularity, the unconscious, continuously enters into a relationship with the external observer who is our consciousness.
Thoughts, human behaviours and all that is observable in people is the result of the constant interaction of consciousness with the unconscious, hence of the finite with the infinite, which together with its two different logics (the scientific and the symmetrical ) lead us in one direction rather than another.
There is an aphorism that claims that the artist is that person who manages to enclose the infinite in the finite, but in reality, it is what we do every time we talk about something that is strongly characterised by our unconscious dimension.
Every time we try to talk about the unconscious dimension, for example when we talk about emotions (phenomena strongly characterised by symmetrical logic) we are reducing the singularity, we are trying to translate something infinite into a finite and conscious language.
And it is precisely for this reason that it seems difficult to speak, with words, of our emotions. We have the feeling that as they describe themselves, something always escapes the description.
Creative approach in psychology and infinity
In my approach a vital goal is to relate to one’s “Singularity”, understood as an infinite dimension. Then realise what the discomfort you are experiencing is based on and what is the incomprehensible logic that leads the person into a dimension of profound difficulty.
Try to translate in the finite something infinite, which is actually what we do every day, at any time, even if we often do it without understanding anything or thinking of understanding the logic of singularity with rational thought. This is not possible, or instead, it can happen to arrive at a point where we realise that we don’t understand what is happening.
Writing is one of the most important tools with which we can move towards change. Reading a poem, listening to a song, or writing something makes the infinite singularity of our mind translate into the poetic language that is a language very close to that of the unconscious.
Poetry is symbolic. It contains multiple meanings that can overcome the limits of time and space, and represents a very useful container of unconscious meanings. Seeing is believing!