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This task is relatively benign. However, it can feel overstimulating to some group members if the sudden release of repressed feelings excites them to a more-manic state. This would be more likely if only the first set of instructions is used. Conversely, the now physically experienced feeling state may make them feel too exposed or vulnerable, causing a quick return to habitual defenses. If the members appear unable to contain the feelings, or begin to defend against what they have drawn, immediately go to Step 4 to engage their cognitive strengths and to concretize the experience in a less affectively direct way. I have found that interspersing image making and verbal language assists emotional self-regulation that does not deny the experience of feeling.


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