Self-Expression (prepared by the Secretary of Odessa Centre of Therapy by Creative
Self-Expression, M. Raskina)
Self-help techniques that use creative
TCEB is meant, most of all, to help people who suffer from feelings of inferiority, that manifest themselves in mental and physical inertness, shyness, indecisiveness, anxiety, hypochondria, depressive vulnerability, inclinations to doubts, and uncertainty in oneself, among others.
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Since it is specifically in creativity where an individual finds
In his book «About People's Characters», written for a general readership, he adopted TCEB techniques relating to healthy people with mental problems and suggested that instead of the term «therapy», a more general term, namely «help»
It has been known for a long time that one has to try to use work and hobbies as a distraction when experiencing mood problems. However the most important factor is after having studied your character, find «creative activities that are compatible with the nature of your character: involving yourself in arts, nature, collecting, the creation of works of art, etc.» The author of TCEB described nine groups of techniques of
No. 35. Self-help by creating your own works of art.
This technique facilitates the fleshing out of the personality disposition of a person and revitalizing his/her individuality. The creation of works of art not only includes poetry or prose writing, painting pictures, or writing music. All the activities during which anything is created more or less to the end with a clear individual imprint — whether it is the preparation of a meal, dress sewing, or glove knitting — are also considered a creation of works of art. A subject of the creation could be a rock in the mountains, a dry root, fir cone, bird feather, etc.
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No. 35-1. Self-help by creative relationships with literature, arts and science.
This type of
Any work of art or science can help in finding your thing, meaning of life, way out of a difficult mental problem, or inspire you to do good only if there is a spiritual connection between the author and reader.
Many people who suffer from a mood disorder cheer up when they see the happy
No. 35-2. Self-help through a creative relationship with nature.
During the process of relating to nature, a depressive individual experiences a dominating positive emotional condition as a result of a spiritual accord felt with nature. While a direct contact with nature awakens a positive emotional condition in an individual, the following viewing of slides, photos of nature, flowers, animals, and rocks in a comfortable environment supports that. Growing flowers, raising dogs, caring for a bird at home — all these activities have a beneficial effect on mood.
People differ in their dispositions and have different mental problems, thus different painters of nature help them to get closer to nature. For some, painters they could relate to
Most importantly, one has to learn to see the nature uniquely in his/her way, that is, creatively. The road to uniqueness is walked by learning the repeatable in yourself. An individual imitates someone who he/she can relate to, quite often a known creative person with similar character traits in, for example, his/her relationship with nature and his/ her stories about nature. In this imitation, through characteristically repetitive features, he/she gains his/her uniqueness, since he/she cannot be exactly same creatively even in the framework of one character. The feeling of one's uniqueness — that's what creative inspiration is.
No. 35-3. Self-help by creative collecting.
Creative collecting means that one is collecting only those things that ring true with the collector's soul. One can collect stamps, postcards, coins, or city emblems.
The author of TCEB cites his own observation.
S., forty-six years of age, with a serious depressive feeling of decline of his individuality, feelings of being a «robot» (as if he was not himself), came to a conclusion that by acquiring stamps known to him and by looking at them in the album while experiencing these feelings of being a robot, he experienced a spiritual mollification and a return to being himself.
No. 35-4. Self-help through a
profound-creative immersion in the past.
To be creatively immersed into the past means to see deeper, to more clearly see your current self in your childhood turmoils, in pictures, in the past of your native city or village, humankind in folk tales from your native country, etc.
By specifying one's spiritual individuality as a result of this immersion in the past, a person recognizes his/her «nonrandomness», his/her deep connections with relatives that passed away, with the history of his/her native country, mankind, and the universe. And that, in a final analysis, facilitates the formation of specific belief systems and a behavioral orientation that inspires one to look creatively for one's own life path, higher
No. 35-5. Self-help by creative travelling.
M. E. Burno describes this type of
All of the described
Handbook of Psychotherapeutic Self-Help
(How to help yourself and your family)
I. Vorobeitchik, M. Minkovitch