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Home » Glossary » Paranoiac-Critical Method

The Paranoiac critical method is a technique developed by Salvador Dalí in the 1930s that involves tapping into the unconscious mind to create works of art, particularly those that involved optical illusions and other multiple images. The method involves cultivating a state of paranoid delusion and using it as a way to explore the irrational and subconscious aspects of the human psyche. The technique was used by Dalí to create works of art that were highly detailed and surreal, and often incorporated a wide range of symbolic imagery. The Paranoiac critical method has had a significant impact on contemporary art and has inspired a wide range of artists and creative thinkers to explore the depths of the human psyche in their own work. However, the method has also been criticized for its potential to reinforce harmful stereotypes and perpetuate negative cultural attitudes towards mental illness.