May 26, 2012

The Wave

I am currently in a group called POWER 1, which is based on DBT but with more incorporation of the effects of trauma. A lot of the group is psycho-ed, so we spend a large portion of each session talking about the effects of trauma, coping and skills. One of the things we talked about is how emotions can be visualized as a wave. By realizing that emotions are like a wave - they peak and then will eventually subside - it can be easier to tolerate the emotion without turning to harmful behaviors. I really like this way of visualizing emotions, so I was inspired to draw something based on it.


May 5, 2012
I drew the shoreline because that is the part of the wave that I visualize. The colors in the water represent the many different emotions and mixtures of emotions that one can experience. I love that feeling of standing on the sand where the waves break and feeling the water push your ankles and then pull them as it recedes again. It seems like the perfect way to imagine emotions - sometimes you get a strong wave that almost knocks you off your feet and sometimes you get a weak one that tickles your feet as it goes by. Tough emotions can be very intense and they may feel like they could push you over, but the feelings always recede again. Even if the tide is coming in and you keep getting hit by more and more intense waves (maybe like when you're dealing with a bout of depression), the tide always goes down again. When you're really suffering and feeling a lot of pain, it can be hard to believe that you'll ever come out on the other side, but you really actually do, so it's very important to me to remember the wave and know that it doesn't and can't go on forever.

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