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Creativity and the Dissociative Patient : Puppets, Narrative and Art in the Treatment of Survivors of Childhood Trauma - Lani Gerity

Creativity and the Dissociative Patient

Puppets, Narrative and Art in the Treatment of Survivors of Childhood Trauma

By: Lani Gerity, Edith Kramer (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9781853027222
Number Of Pages: 160

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Lani Gerity shows in this book that puppet-making, incorporating both art and narrative, provides an ideal vehicle for therapeutic work. It is particularly valuable in the treatment of dissociative patients, whose symptoms may include disturbances in body image, a dissociated sense of self, a disrupted sense of history and causality, and a feeling of alienation from the self. Lani Gerity explores the application of this in the context of object relations theory. She shows the creative process working on many levels for dissociative individuals and groups. Making puppets, three-dimensional representations of the human body, helped one patient to integrate her sense of her body image and herself. Using puppets and creating narratives about them encourages patients to build communities and to release themselves from the hold of the trauma of their pasts. Descriptions and analyses of Gerity's work with dissociative patients in the US and Canada is underpinned by a theoretical framework which encompasses theories from the arts therapies and from psychiatry.

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The author makes an excellent case for the study of puppetry as a transitional object to help clients work through feelings of personal trauma. -- OTPLD Newsletter

Acknowledgementsp. 6
Prefacep. 9
Introduction: Population and Agents of Changep. 13
The Case of Jennyp. 23
Object Relations Theories and Applicationp. 63
Metaphor and Story: 'Anything Can Happen in Puppetland'p. 87
Transference and Splitting: The Abyss - Self and Communityp. 97
Healing the Split: Margaret, Winter Solstice and the Monsterp. 105
Reparation and the Wise Old Woman: The Conclusionp. 115
Postscript: Tying Up Loose Endsp. 123
Referencesp. 135
Subject Indexp. 145
Author Indexp. 149
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ISBN: 9781853027222
ISBN-10: 1853027227
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st May 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27