Somatic Communication: Transforming Trauma Perceptions Through Memoir and Fairy Tale
Elaine Danielle Clark
Date, Time & Place:
February 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Lecture Hall, Lambert Road campus
This single case memoir production dissertation explores a healing process for childhood trauma through the lived experience of embodied memory; specifically focusing on the problem of trauma memory, perception, and communication in interpersonal relationships. Investigating the mind and body through neuroscience theories lends an understanding of the development of a child in an unstable environment and possible reasons for retained trauma memory. Using a depth psychological approach of investigating the imaginal through dream analysis and using creative drawing and writing, the research culminated into a reimagining of the memoir as a fairy tale. Perception shifts are monitored as intrapersonal and interpersonal communication changes and through somatic awareness of physical pain and illness. The study produced a description of changes in perception in regards to trauma memory and the outcome of somatized experiences before and after coming out as a lesbian. This research determined there is a relationship between intrapersonal and interpersonal dialogue because of using the imaginal to shift perception and somatic communication resulting in a positive change in interpersonal relationships with those who were part of the trauma history.
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- Program/Track/Year: Depth Psychology with Specialization in Somatic Studies, Track S, 2010
- Chair: Dr. Caylin Huttar
- Reader: Dr. Maureen Murdock
- External Reader: Dr. Valerie Bentz
- Keywords: Relational Trauma, Somatic, Memoir, Fairy Tale, Depth Psychology, Communication, Imaginal, Lesbian, Perception, Art, Dreams