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Living with feeling : the art of emotional expression
Capacchione, Lucia.
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New York : J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, [2001]

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250 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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We cannot control our emotions; however, unless we recognize and express them, they can end up controlling us. The author of ten self-help classics, including Recovery of Your Inner Child and The Power of Your Other Hand, Lucia Capacchione now introduces us to the methods she has developed in workshops and with private clients for achieving an emotional equilibrium through artistic expression.It is only through letting our emotions come forth and understanding them that we can further the process of self-acceptance and healing. The simple exercises outlined by Capacchione teach us to express pent-up anger by drumming, release hurt feelings by molding clay, and contact our inner child by writing with our non-dominant hand. Clearly, self-discovery has no limits.Illustrated throughout with art therapy projects of her clients and rich with inspiring stories of personal triumph, Living with Feeling presents the key to making peace with our emotions by giving them a voice and the power of creative expression.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The emotional self
Emotions and body-mind medicine
The way of emotions
Part 1 Embracing Your Emotional Selfp. 9
1. How Do You Feel?p. 11
Emotions: what they are and where they come from
Emotions: what they're good for
Emotional literacy
Nine Families of Feelings
Meeting your emotional self
2. What Can I Do with My Feelings?p. 31
Discovering the art of emotional expression
Emotions and the right brain
The expressive arts
Facing the critic
3. Feelings in Your Bodyp. 52
Emotions as energy
How emotions get stored in your body
Reclaiming our emotions
Feeling the body
What the drawing means
The body as storyteller
Part 2 Expressing Your Feelingsp. 67
The ABCs of feelings: match the medium to the mood
Directory of emotions: an alphabetical reference guide to emotions
4. The Color of Emotions: From Red with Rage to Feeling Bluep. 75
The ABCs of drawing: color, line, shape, and texture
Drawing out your feelings
The art of collage
Exploring pastels
Painting your feelings
Expressive arts as meditation: peace, contentment, and serenity
5. Sculpted Feelings: Mad, Sad, and Gladp. 109
Preparing the clay, preparing yourself
The hot emotions: anger, sexuality, and passion
My body self
Feelings of loss: grief, sadness, and loneliness
6. The Sound of Feelings: From Sadness to Joyp. 130
Emotions and sound
Music as medicine
Drumming and the hot emotions
Vocalizing our feelings
Sounding our depths: sadness, loneliness, and grief
Mantra and sound meditation: peace and contentment
Sounds from the heart: happiness, love, and playfulness
7. Emotions in Motion: Moving Your Mood, Dancing for Joyp. 153
Body language and emotions
The Dancer Within
Blocks to spontaneous dance
Moving your feelings out
The work of Gabrielle Roth and the five rhythms
Movement as spiritual practice: peace and serenity
Emotions as energy
Part 3 Understanding Your Feelingsp. 173
Insight through words
8. When Your Feelings Tell Their Story, Pay Attentionp. 177
In the beginning was the Word
I found it at the movies
Writing from the still image
Writing from feelings
Writing as medicine
Listening to the guide within
9. Facing Ourselves: Mask Making and Inner Dialoguesp. 192
Finding our many selves
Subpersonalities and emotions
Mask making and our many selves
Methods of mask making
Exploring the selves through Voice Dialogue
10. Accepting Your Feelings: Letting Go of Judgmentp. 210
Clearing the emotions by clearing the mind
A change of heart: nurturing yourself
As we believe, so we feel: dropping old baggage
Clearing old patterns
Letting your feelings be your guide: changing your life creatively
Resourcesp. 237
Sources for art materials and supplies
Books, audio and video cassettes
Body charts: chapter three