The Language of Art Therapy

object

part object
self object
differentiation
affect
impingement
potential space
good enough mother
introjection
projection
transference
countertransference
depressive state
schizoid state
defence
the image
embodied
contained
not knowing
conscious
unconscious
psychodynamic
narcissism
false and true self
transitional object
the ‘as if’
compliance
denial
acting out
authentic
difference
resonance
attunement
ambivalence
holding
attachment
boundaries
splitting
disassociating
here and now
there and then

“to discover and to make something new demands courage and the ability to bear doubt and pain and all the anxieties that are provoked when one jetissons what is old and familiar and risks innovation – that is the forming of something new, something as yet unknown” R. Gordon, Dying and Creating: A Search for Meaning, 1978

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