Art as Therapy
Creative therapy resources by psychotherapist Shelley Klammer
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Mandalas for Anxiety Regulation
I have been creating morning mandalas as part of my meditation practice for the last several years and have just recently finished my 365th mandala. My mandala practice took about 15-30 minutes of quiet focus before I started my working day.
Most conflicts between individuals or groups arise from miscommunication about human needs, due to coercive or manipulative language that aims to induce fear, guilt, shame, etc. These "violent" modes of communication, when used during a conflict, divert the attention of the participants away from clarifying needs, feelings, perceptions, and requests, thus perpetuating the conflict.
8 Stages of Human Development
Psychologist Erik Erikson maintained that the human personality develops in a predetermined order through eight stages of psychosocial development, from infancy to adulthood. During each stage in your lifespan, it is possible to have a psychosocial crisis that could have a negative outcome for your personality development.
The Purpose of the Inner Critic
Many people that I talk to are surprised to learn that the inner critic is a social protector. It is difficult to see that the inner critic is a protector because it paradoxically undermines and attacks you in order to protect you from the possibility of social shaming.