Through trauma narrative, Maria will learn how to unpair fearful association between harmless stimuli and the danger of the trauma (Dorthy, 2007). An example of danger that may be associated are cues that brings them back to the trauma; for example, being afraid the dark, or sitting on a bed, or being home alone. Trauma narrative can happen through reading book, writing, and art. This gives a way for Maria to be expressive and talk about what had happen to her. After that, Maria will have to battle against the trauma reminders that remind her about the trauma. This reminder can be anything of places, people, sounds, smells, sensation, and words. From identifying what those reminders are, Maria can use her relaxation and stress management skills to gain control over the reminder. The rationale of trauma narrative is one of the most essential components of the TF-CBT, because it desensitizes the child to traumatic
Even though our bodies are in one place, our minds may be in another. In Martha Stout’s essay “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday,” the author introduces us to the idea of dissociation. Dissociation is when one’s mind is away from the body and he or she does not know what is going on in the physical world. Those that have traumatic histories may experience this. But because of dissociation, victims may not know if they had a traumatic past because a memory of it never really formed. Stout also finds that individuals may use dissociation as a way to protect themselves from trauma. Sometimes the slightest and smallest piece of a traumatic memory may bring into play the dissociation. When these individuals experience dissociation
An experience of loss can last over periods of time and can lead its recipients to endure post-traumatic symptoms. A major part of physical and emotional damages is communicating and expressing the emotions one has concerning the loss. In Huang Chunming’s “The Fish,” Ah Cang experiences a loss that he cannot properly explain to his grandfather. In Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills, Etsuko faces a loss that she cannot quite cope with. In both cases, the characters involved are not able to address their problems, debilitating their relationships. Ah Cang and Etsuko feel guilt and regret towards the things they have lost which causes their inability to come to terms with what they have done, crippling how they communicate.
At some time in life, a person will experience the death of a relative or lose something that was very important to him or her. After that traumatic event, will that person confront his or her pain, or will that person bury it deep within them? Both ways are possible, however, only one is effective in the long term. According to Tim O'Brien, the most effective way to heal after a traumatic experience is to share stories. In Tim’s book, The things they carried, he used the motifs of loneliness, life, and the mood of nostalgia to illustrate the importance of sharing stories during a healing process.
Thoughts can be fleeting, however some of the feelings resulting from thought and can have a long lasting impact on the mental state of a person. In my metacognitive exploration I found an interesting comparison between the way in which I think and approach my past feelings and the methods which Tim O’Brien, from The Things They Carried, and Paul D from Beloved express their thinking about the past. I have discovered that the expression of thoughts, including memories and feelings, is the key to a healthy mental state of a person.
When emotion overwhelms you, you have two choices; let it eat away at you slowly, each and every day, or attempt to purge it from your memory. Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer’s way of preventing himself from going insane and parting with his overwhelming emotions. Although I have not first-handedly experienced traumatizing events in the same way Krakauer has, I relate to the want, or need, to dispose of extreme thoughts through art. Contrastingly, I often part with my emotions through vague paintings only I can accurately decipher, while Krakauer parts with his emotions through a twenty one chapter novel in which he gives the readers nearly excessive details about not only his emotions, but also the emotions and hardships of others. While reading
Ever recall a dreadful memory, which forbids itself from seeking a direct route from vanishing your mind? Typically, a human being stores thoughts and emotions, but the difference shines in the way an individual releases it. A majority of people use writing as a form of expression whereas others use the glide of a paintbrush or pencil. Well I came across an artist with the name of Philemona Williamson who expressed her clustered memories by creating an image of kids trapped in a bundle of branches.
On the other hand, Miller successfully argues that fake memoirs are meant to “highlight the problematic nature of authenticity” and capitalism has changed the idea of what we think is real and what is not. By citing Baudrillard, Miller states that our idea of real is only a series of representations that we think are real. In fact, all our ideas of reality are fabrications because memory is not factual. The discovery of these fake memoirs can cause society to realize that all memoirs are, in fact, fabrications. With that in mind, this article contradicts the idea that the public can understand trauma through experiencing art. Overall, “Stylised Configurations of Trauma” contributes to the art, trauma, and memory theme through proving that the study of fraudulent memoirs can help explain “the strange expectation that literature is able to provide access to something
At the introduction of this paper I informed you that I would pick a new artist, choose one of their paintings, discuss how it made me feel, and what part of the brain these topics came from. I used my eyes, my brain,s visual cortex located in the occipital lobe, and the right hemisphere to feel the emotion of sorrow. This paper was a little trying for me as I do not really connect with art, but it was very informative in a self-teaching
In the past decades, Visual Imagery and communication have been applied to communicate a person’s feelings toward communication to predictable communication with another individual (Bruder, Dosmukhambetova, Nerb, & Manstead, 2012). The capability of people to express their feelings and nonverbal behaviours in an image assists to coagulate predictable behaviours when communicating with others. Imagery is a very significant aspect of communication, and it has played a crucial role in the development of human beings regarding the origin and development of an individual when he or she is a child to adulthood.
One of the main ideas discussed in this essay is that humans are a narrative species. This essay presents several of examples of the urge to write out our thoughts and tell our stories. These examples included had shown the human need to express their stories during their last moments of life. The author had mentioned in the essay that humans live through storytelling. I agree with this concept because we express our stories nearly every day in our lives such as telling a friend an experience you had. We often tell stories to share our experiences, thoughts and emotions. We feel an urge to tell our stories because it’s what shapes us and provides us with a form of self-expression. In general, humans express their stories in their everyday life, therefore, demonstrating that humans exist through storytelling.
Actors and normal people alike, have exploited the ability to display emotion through body movement for centuries. However, until not long ago, psychologists considered body movements only as displays of the intensity of emotions not their specificity. Instead, facial expressions were thought to be crucial for the judgement of emotions (Ekman, 1973). It was not until the second half of the twentieth century that research into biological motion illustrated that emotional state can be judged by body movement, even if only basic emotions such as anger or happiness. However, the evolutionary function of humans’ ability to express emotion was suggested a whole century earlier by Darwin (1872).
Memories can be unforgettable, traumatic experiences that shake you to the very core of your existence. However, as I have learned to plan everything out, I have only ever experienced one negative incident. Those metal bars that were stronger than my living flesh, locked me away from the glistening sun. The death threats, the nasty looks, the unforgiving guards, all because I wanted a pair of shoes. My life saw its end then, and I just hoped for eyes to shut and never open again. I cried and raged and bruised my body while slamming into those metal rods, and my mind lost all sense of clearness. Not until three months later did I see my wife’s blue eyes, holding our little baby in her arms. “I will never ever forget this,” was my only thought, angry that my own game had got the better of
A bad decision, a horrible decision, or a terrifying decision, these may lead to repressed memories. The person, who made the horrible decision, tries to forget about the dreadful happening, by repressing the memory. the person avoids small things, thereby, the repressed memory is not thought of, and the feelings associated with the happening is left out. Insignificant gestures could open the repressed memory, thereby, the decisionmaker and another person talk about the feelings associated, and this might lead to new courses in life. The short story “insignificant gestures” written by Jo Cannon in 2007 enlightens these problems.