Hovering Awareness, consciousness, Freud, Painting
21st Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0
Hovering Awareness, consciousness, Freud, Painting
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Freud referred to a certain power of observation as ''hovering awareness''. It is a kind of self outside the main self which is somewhat more objective, more able to step back and take some distance and perspective on what the rest of the self is doing. In CBT, this behaviour is called self monitoring towards an internal locus of control. Painting is a good means of practicing the hovering awareness and training it in much the same way one trains the mind to meditate. In time, this externalized ego function appears to notice a great many things which were previously invisible. Through painting and reflection on the process  it is possible to augment or extend the reach of consciousness towards areas which were previously less accessible. Thus, through art therapy, it is possible to develop one`s conscious abilities, to train one`s mind to attend to things which were previously unnonoticed. Such things which one may be trained to perceive would most notably include: The feeling states of others, one`s involvment in relational dynamics, one`s role in a group, one`s social impact, ones sameness or difference among others, one`s own feeling states, one`s thought patterns and interests, one`s aesthetic identity and visuo-kinesthetic language. Developping competency in reading these experiences makes one more complete, more able to participate in and motivate social and personal change. Such competencies are inherent to moving past depression and generally getting along better in the world.

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