A Therapeutic Approach to Teaching Poetry: Individual by T. Williams

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Explains how the research of poetry, by means of supplying reviews just like these produced via poetry treatment, may help scholars observe themselves and advance their power to impression switch on this planet.

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5 Vitality affects psychoanalytic regression and integration / 21 make up the earliest pre-linguistic modes of communication between parent and child. They are communicated through physical gestures, which infants take in visually, as well as musical qualities of expression like tone and rhythm, which can express visceral states without a formal signifying system. Like visceral experience, however, vitality affects do not necessarily fall into specific categories of emotion. Stern describes them through examples such as “a ‘rush’ of anger or of joy, a perceived flooding of light, an accelerating sequence of thoughts, an unmeasurable wave of feeling evoked by music” (Interpersonal 55).

Sadness and pain are frequently part of the growth process,” write Hynes and Hynes-Berry (30). New revelations and realizations can lead to an experience of fragmentation, but this fragmentation is a necessary step for ultimate renewal. Stephen Levine writes, [A] major theme of my thinking is the necessity of fragmentation, the refusal to find premature solutions that would only cover over differences in a façade of unity. At the same time, I find myself striving always towards integration, motivated by a hope for wholeness and reconciliation.

Finding the self essentially means losing the self, or losing the rigid image of self that limits experience. Defenses protect this rigid self, but they cannot free one from anxiety. Only an honest appraisal of self can allow for such freedom, and in poetry, we have a great tool for achieving this honesty. C h a p t e r Two (N e u ro ) P syc hoa na ly t ic R egr e ssion a n d I n t e g r at ion Regression Renewal begins with a loss of a rigid self and a regression to a more primal state, before the dominance of the imaginary ego, where experience is pure and possibilities are endless.

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