Spooky Art: How They Met Themselves by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

How They Met Themselves
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Freud’s theory of the uncanny explains the aversion or fear that humans experience when they encounter something that is familiar, yet somehow eerie. A familiar thing becoming unfamiliar produces deep anxiety and fear. Although I’m simplifying things quite a bit (I am in no way a psychologist), the basic idea is that the known produces more horror than the unknown.