Q : Is there anything you can say about creativity? About being a woman and creativity? At this stage of life?

Marie Louise von Franz : Well, I think creativity is a mystery. You don’t own it. It is an active potency in you. In antiquity they would say it’s a demon haunting you. My creativity has been like that. Whenever I didn’t want to be creating, my dreams got really nasty. I HAD to create. When I was creating – my dreams became cooperative – I create for the sake of my unconscious.


Q & A with Marie Louise von Franz on her 70th birthday, from “Psychological Perspectives“