The Expressive Body in Life, Art, and Therapy: Working With by Daria Halprin

By Daria Halprin

Drawing on her vast adventure in expressive arts treatment, Daria Halprin provides a distinct method of therapeutic via circulate and paintings. She describes the physique because the box of one's whole lifestyles adventure and move as a language that expresses and divulges our inner most struggles and inventive potentials. Interweaving inventive and mental strategies, she deals a philosophy and technique that invitations the reader to contemplate the transformational means of the humanities. during this crucial source for an individual drawn to the combination of psychotherapy and the humanities, Halprin additionally offers case reports and a variety of workouts that she has advanced over her profession and practised on the Tamalpa Institute for over twenty-five years.

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This intentional distancing, rather than being a way of cutting ourselves off from the material we need to work with, allows us to enter into conscious dialogue with it. But going into the encounter with the art is not enough. We also need to identify what is happening in and around us so that we can cultivate the ability to self-witness and make new choices. Sustainable change occurs over time and requires, as I have suggested, more than the art itself or the art-making process alone. We work toward true and sustainable change by working with evoked material therapeutically.

Socrates, as he waited to meet his death, returned to poetry for his final contemplation and teaching. Influenced by the Cartesian view of separation between body/mind, humanity/nature, and objective/subjective “realities,” western civilization succumbed to centuries of dualistic thought. Although philosophers and mystics continued to honor paths of wisdom related to consciousness and spirit, the mainstream understanding of the human condition narrowed and was largely placed in the authoritative and controlling hands of specialists – clergy, scientists, and doctors who held to a “mechanistic” view of human existence.

You will recognise them in the investigations and responses that run throughout the various approaches and movements in our survey. How can we understand and explore the tensions and conflicts between opposing forces in the individual and in the society? How can these forces be reconciled in creative and productive ways, and what part does the body, emotion and imagination play in this search? You will meet these questions again in Part Three where I present the practice itself. Following the movement away from the body and art as locus of experience, the loss of the holistic perspective in favor of the mechanistic view, and the return to an examination of human expressiveness and its connection to creativity, our survey will reveal an evolution and revaluation which reunites art and psychotherapy.

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