Paintings, Psychotherapy and Psychosis finds the original position of artwork remedy within the remedy of psychosis. Illustrating their contributions with scientific fabric and paintings created via consumers, skilled practitioners describe their paintings in quite a few settings. Writing from varied theoretical standpoints they mirror the present inventive range in the career and its hyperlinks with psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, analytical psychology and psychiatry.
In half I particular concerns all in favour of operating with psychosis are explored. those contain dialogue of the healing dating, the method of symbolisation, the character and that means of paintings made by means of psychotic sufferers and the interaction among phrases and photographs. half II recounts the heritage of artwork treatment and psychosis, tracing its origins in paintings, to its present-day position as a revered therapy in psychiatric, neighborhood and healing settings.
Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis extends the prevailing idea, develops analytical techniques in artwork psychotherapy and gives cutting edge views for college kids and practitioners at the remedy of borderline states in addition to psychosis.
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Lena realised that it both confirmed her feeling and conveyed it to me because I took the picture very seriously. Lena then began to value her pictures as both an expression of her state and a way of communicating. To speak directly to anyone was to lose herself, but the picture made this possible; it mediated, holding the space in-between us. As we spoke Lena’s gaze was firmly fixed on the picture and most of the time I, too, looked at the picture rather than at her, and in this way we began to develop a way of relating through the pictures.
The tears come from two eyes which look down from the sky, in which is written ‘REAL WORLD’. 7 Real world 33 34 Art, psychotherapy and psychosis the clouds seems to be an idealisation while the other seems to be facing a sad reality. I propose that these two pictures mark separation and differentiation as well as the ability to symbolise. In painting these on different pieces of paper Lena is distinguishing her ‘fantasy’ world from the ‘real’ world and differentiating between inner and outer. 7 could also be understood to be evidence of the mourning stage of the depressive position (Klein 1935).
Drawn in charcoal, some of the objects are splashed with colour. 1 Alice’s picture Transference and transactional objects 23 would not have been communicated by the pictured objects alone. 7 I listened as Alice spoke about her picture, but very soon I became confused by the narrative which began in the object but took paths in all directions. The baffling tale meant that I was left feeling uncomprehending, unused and even useless. Yet Alice came regularly to the art room, apparently pleased to have the opportunity to draw, and she seemed to value my attention.