The Person Behind the Mask: Guide to Performing Arts Psychology

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Dr. Linda Hamilton's ground breaking book, The Person Behind the Mask: A Guide to Performing Arts Psychology, takes the reader on a vivid journey of the performer's private world, where personal insecurity often wages an unsuccessful battle against the stresses of the profession-whether these are unrealistic weight requirements, debilitating injuries, or stage fright. Intended for performers, teachers, and health-care workers, this is a book that describes the psychological problems of the stage, with a focus on education and prevention.

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Table of Contents

1 Training Considerations for Performers 1
Selection and Self-Investment 1
The Role of Mentoring 7
Technical Standards in Training 13
Work and Identity 16
2 Weight Standards for the Stage and Screen 19
Defining Physical Parameters 19
The Dancer's Dilemma 22
The Etiology of Eating Disorders 28
3 Personal Relationships in the Arts 37
The Family Unit 37
The Stage Parent 41
Peer Review 44
Transference and the Role of the Leader 48
4 Focusing the Spotlight on Performance 51
The Quest for Approval 51
Discrepancies Between the Real and Ideal Self 54
The Etiology of Performance Anxiety 59
5 Occupational Injuries and Retirement 67
Work Hazards Among Performers 67
Reactions to Injuries 71
The Emotional Costs of Injuries 74
Relinquishing the Dream: Mourning and Release 78
6 Performing Arts Psychology 83
Developing a Proficiency 83
Treatment Protocols 86
Ethical Issues in the Care of Performers 88
Future Directions 93
App An Overview of Narcissism 99
Narcissism: A Dimension of Personality 99
Narcissism in the Performing Artist 100
Art as Therapy 101
Kohut's Theory of Healthy Narcissism 101
Resource Directory 103
References 111
Author Index 123
Subject Index 127
About the Author 131
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