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In Act It Out, psychologist and former actress, Stefanie Stolinsky, Ph.D., sees a striking similarity between the dynamics of actors who suffer from stage fright and paralyzing fear, and those of abuse survivors who want to be in touch with their feelings. Using the same methods that actors use to unblock their emotions in order to play dramatic roles, she helps survivors uncover buried feelings, remember painful experiences, begin to deal more directly with the symptoms of earlier traumas, and step into their ...
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Overview

In Act It Out, psychologist and former actress, Stefanie Stolinsky, Ph.D., sees a striking similarity between the dynamics of actors who suffer from stage fright and paralyzing fear, and those of abuse survivors who want to be in touch with their feelings. Using the same methods that actors use to unblock their emotions in order to play dramatic roles, she helps survivors uncover buried feelings, remember painful experiences, begin to deal more directly with the symptoms of earlier traumas, and step into their real role in life. In this unique guide, Stolinsky presents these methods in a series of safe, simple, and creative exercises, which allow you to open up slowly, at your own pace, and retain control over exactly how much you want to remember, without becoming overwhelmed or frightened. Because you are in charge, these exercises can safely be done alone or in a group setting, with or without a therapist's assistance.
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Children who have survived physical, emotional, or sexual abuse often have trouble finding and maintaining loving, trusting relationships. Here, clinical psychologist Stolinsky balances background information with stories, effectively illustrating (but not sensationalizing) the horrors of child abuse. In her clinical practice, the author, a former actress, found that her patients benefited from using acting exercises that create and explore different environments. These same methods allow abuse survivors to explore their feelings, as well as "some of the moments, sounds, sights, objects, and feelings" connected to the psychologically terrifying experiences that damaged them. Brief, informative analyses of symptoms common to survivors and their relationships are offered. Clearly written for a lay audience, this book respectfully and gently treats a difficult topic. Readers will appreciate the author's obvious effort and concern. Highly recommended. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572242906
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Workbook Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.99 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Part 1 Why Acting Exercises?
Chapter 1 A Therapist's Legacy 3
Chapter 2 Aftermath: Symptoms from A to Z 15
Part 2 External Acting Exercises and How They Work 35
Chapter 3 The Exercises: External to Internal 37
The Sunshine Exercise
(The Ultimate Relaxation Exercise)
Chapter 4 The Coffee Cup Exercise 45
Chapter 5 The Shower Exercise 51
Chapter 6 The Fourth Wall Exercise 55
Chapter 7 The Atmosphere Exercise 59
Chapter 8 The Building a Room Exercise 61
Chapter 9 The Entrance and Exit Exercise 65
Chapter 10 The Mountain Exercise 69
Part 3 The Internal Exercises and How They Work
Chapter 11 The Internal Acting Exercises and How They Work 75
Chapter 12 The Sense Memory Exercise 81
Chapter 13 The Portrait Exercise 87
Chapter 14 The History Exercise 93
Chapter 15 The "As If" Exercise 97
Chapter 16 The Private Moment Exercise 101
Chapter 17 The Animal Exercise 107
Chapter 18 The Gibberish Exercise 111
Chapter 19 The Telephone Exercise 115
Chapter 20 The Academy Award Speech Exercise 119
Chapter 21 The Inner Monologue Exercise 123
Chapter 22 The Dying Exercise 127
Chapter 23 The Affective Memory Exercise 131
Chapter 24 Preparation-Before-a-Scene 139
Part 4 Putting It All Together and Living Your Life
Chapter 25 How Abuse Affects Relationships: The 19 Most Common Relationship Problems 147
Chapter 26 Acting Exercises for Couples 167
Eye to Eye Exercise
The Mutual Connection Exercise
The Trust Exercise
The "Put Your Partner on a Pedestal" Exercise
Chapter 27 What Determines Recovery? 173
References 181
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