This is a very powerful experience for group members and they usually see it as expanding their awareness of self-images, body perceptions, and how they come across to others. Drawing and painting is fun, and the group members enjoy it. Some participants use their fingers and hands to smear colors. Others are reluctant to get dirty, and their responses can be elaborated in the final stage. Some people choose interesting positions, such as cuddling like an embryo. The

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work with the partner, drawing the body outline, is felt as very intimate, and should be discussed as well. If led in a nonjudgmental group climate, the associations of other group members are very meaningful. People are surprised how much they learned from an "exercise" that looked so simple and naive.

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