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A consultant to melanoma remedy reduction via artwork treatment artwork treatment includes utilizing paintings production to unencumber feelings felt by way of sufferers anguish life-threatening ailments. This ebook offers new theoretical insights into the price of paintings treatment for melanoma victims.
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Embodiment will also be discussed later and in Chapter 4. Power/powerlessness A second characteristic of liminality to be explored in its relevance to cancer experiences and art therapy is power/powerlessness. Turner (1975: 231) suggests that liminality is associated with structural inferiority and outsiderhood, submission to ‘authority’ (Turner 1995: 103), being ‘passive’ (Turner 1995: 95), ‘submissiveness and silence’ (Turner 1995: 103) and also with ‘ritual powers’ (Turner 1995: 100). A cancer diagnosis can begin ‘a series of frightening events over which the patient has little control’ (Cunningham et al.
And in the end, at the finish of that inevitable process, is the discovery by surviving partners of the extent of their own damage. During the final stages even the physical laws of the universe seem to change. Time and space distort, so that some days pass instantly and other moments stretch into an eternity. Our sense of place and moment takes on surreal qualities – of being simultaneously unique and universal; there is time to ponder our shared human condition, and the urgency to fill the precious moment.
One client, diagnosed with a type of facial cancer, reported having difficulties at home in looking at the reflection in the mirror. The client said: ‘You know. Because every time I looked in the mirror that was not me. ’ In the art, a series of images was created of a shape whose meanings unfolded to represent a selfimage. The client began to speak of ‘my face’ and related how cancer had impacted on self-image. The art became a type of mirror and the client reported that art therapy had promoted greater acceptance of self-image and added: ‘I’m much better now; I can look in the mirror and see I am sort of back.