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TSP uses Attachment Theory, brain research into implicit memory and mirror neurons, and True Self/False Self theory to explore developmental trauma and the subjective and inter-subjective Self. The True Self Project works to heal the underlying cause for superficial (and often self-destructive) symptoms. Once the symptoms are recognized as the False (protective) Self the True Self can emerge – healing begins and continues.

EMILY

H I D D E N  I N  T H E  F AMI LY  T R E E

Empty

Invisible, watchful

Aching, hiding, seeking

Erupting with trembling rage

Emily

 

G ON E  W I T H  T H E  W I N D…

W I T H  A P O L O G I E S  T O

M A R G A R E T

M I T C H E L L

Restless soul flounders

endeavoring to be seen

healing spirit soars

 

O U T  O N  A  L I M B

Proactive

Curious, autonomous

Anticipating, questioning, choosing

Pulsing with vibrant creativity

 

Using plaster-impregnated gauze, I molded these three masks over my face. Silk fibers that I had previously dyed were then needle-felted into canvas cloth. Family photos from my digital camera were modified into line drawings and stitched onto the needle-felted canvas fabric. The stitched canvas was then selectively cut and glued to the masks’ surfaces, and found-objects from nature were added to the masks. Finally, the masks were painted as needed. I chose the subject of “Family” for my masks because I am extremely curious about my family members’ idiosyncrasies and how those behaviors continue to influence my present life. This exploration of “family” – through the vehicle of therapy – is ongoing. My education will continue in a supportive, structured psychological setting. Note: The first mask (on the extreme left) is “Hidden in the Family Tree;” the middle mask is “Gone with the Wind…with Apologies to Margaret Mitchell.” The third mask from the left is “Out on a Limb.”

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