The body creates the head: sensations inventions and affective transformations in gruoups of children


The body with its resources of sensoriality, expressions and gestures is at the centre of the scene in children’s groups, the heart of the action, imagination, invention and exchange. An individual and collective process of ongoing creation and redefinition of relations between the body, the mind and the external world is initiated around this stimulus and common catalyst. For psyche to really become creative without being limited to reality, the child needs to experiment through his body the mesh between sensory and imagination, shape and symbol, playing imaginary roles allowing him to embed the quality of objects, turning them into his own, reinventing his inside world. Through the clinical material we can follow the ways of transforming and modulating excitement, fears, desires, the image of oneself and of others, to start feeling and thinking in a more original and creative manner. 

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