Monday, April 20, 2009

Word of the day: Umheimlich

Umheimlich is a Freudian concept of an instance where something can be familiar, yet foreign at the same time, resulting in a feeling of it being uncomfortably strange.

Because the uncanny is familiar, yet strange, it often creates cognitive dissonance within the experiencing subject due to the paradoxical nature of being attracted to, yet repulsed by an object at the same time. This cognitive dissonance often leads to an outright rejection of the object, as one would rather reject than rationalize.

You ever feel like this?

1 comment:

MAXIME said...

i love the meaning of this german word Umheimlich and it's visual look, the sequence of lettres and their placement! yes i know this feeling. a type of knowing unknowning. i feel this word, its essence that resonates within me as an unknowingness, the unknown known. i was inspired and moved to include the word in various media in one of my grande mixed media paintings. it's great to see read of another soul familiar with this word and who also appreciates it.

merci beaucoup
maxime in melbourne, australia