The Art of Reflection: Turning the Strange into the Familiar
I provide a conceptual model for thinking about what a good reflection does, distinguishing it from a nice reflection. I then illustrate how reflections can be part of any relationship, not just clinical ones. Finally, I address the situation of delayed reflection. This can occur when the speaker triggers traumatic material for the would-be reflector. I provide an example of working with iconic imagery to unpack meaning so that reflection, by self or other, can eventually take place, allowing integration to proceed. This enables the strange to become familiar.
Reflection, trauma, writing, iconic imagery