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ERIC Number: EJ906441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Affect Regulation, Mirror Neurons, and the Third Hand: Formulating Mindful Empathic Art Interventions
Franklin, Michael
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v27 n4 p160-167 2010
Visual empathy through empathic art interventions are discussed in this article with respect to attachment theory; recent research on the mirror neuron system; art, empathy, and mindfulness; and an artistic strategy for crafting third-hand interventions (Kramer, 1986). A case vignette demonstrates the art therapist's applied use of visual art responses that help to organize complex information and reflect back the emotional center of a client's communications. With careful attunement, art therapists can develop unique, aesthetic forms of empathic resonance that will help clients feel deeply seen and develop empathy for themselves and compassion for others. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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