Drawing yourself, whether you are an artist or not, can provide a great insight into how you feel about yourself. Drawing yourself (a self-portrait) keeps you in check with how your feeling, how you look at yourself, and what you need to work on for your own personal health whether it is physically or mentally.
You can use any form of media, use markers, pens, paint, clippings from a magazine. Pay attention to what colours you use and the proportions of your body. After you are done with drawing your portrait take a look at it and think about what all these things (symbols) mean to you. Do you think the portrait accurately represents how you feel about yourself? Take some time to yourself to really understand how you feel about yourself.
Understanding and paying attention to how you feel about yourself can, believe it or not, help you change what you want to change. If you look at your portrait and find that you left out the details for your hands you may feel like your hands are tied or that things are often out of your control. If your body is distorted you may feel like you look abnormal compared to the people around you, if this is the case try the Emotionally Focussed Cleansing Therapy to help you become aware of your body.
I have included a picture of myself that I have drawn and asked Dr. Laurie to analyze it for me!
You have portrayed yourself as grounded and with a solid stance. feet firmly planted on the ground. You have portrayed your self as central on the page, facing forward which indicates that you have a confident self view. You have a serious and solid looking face with serious eyebrows indicating that you have serious and concentrated view, looking forward straight at the viewer. You have also portrayed yourself carrying a suitcase which is extremely thin and awkward. The suitcase almost looks more like a gas can, being held where the nozzle should be. This exaggeratedly small feature might indicate a transition from suitcase to perhaps a briefcase, symbolizing a transition from travel to a future in business. The black and white outline could be to do with concern or to do with looking forward to a future self. The hands are held separate from the body also indicating a sense of strength and security. This image is clearly in transition and yet has direction in where she wants to go and how she wants to get there, even though the narrow suitcase symbolically represents a narrowing of future direction and self-identification.
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