The Role Of Symbolic Representation In Impulsive Movements

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For many, symbolic representation gives freedom to open up emotionally as verbalisation can be challenging. Individuals have found that being creative gives them the opportunity to discover and move in new ways, which leads them to express themselves through the use of physicality. In doing so, it releases emotions that may have previously been hidden, making it easier to link the movement with the past memories (Batko, 2013). By connecting mind and body the creative process becomes a pathway for individuals’ to delve into their traumatic event finding symbolic meanings in impulsive movements. All of this happens as the underlying stress of the verbal communication has been diminished. Nevertheless, the ability to relay any account of a traumatic experience is a crucial part of overcoming the impact it causes.
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