Sunday, January 15, 2006

self-image exercise

In self-image exercises, participants are asked to imagine themselves in front of a full-length mirror. Each participant imagines his or her body from all sides and is asked to imagine undressing in front of the mirror. After everyone has had time to imagine this, the participants are asked to open their eyes and discuss feelings about what they saw or felt. Usually, the older people express negative feelings, and the group leader tries to show that these feelings come from social values and are not inherent in the aging process. In this exercise, elderly people can remove themselves from the cultural image of aging and this helps them increase respect for themselves.
See also AUTOGENIC TRAINING; BIOFEEDBACK TRAINING; GESTALT DREAM ANALYSIS; HATHA YOGA; MEDITATION; POSITIVE ATTITUDE; TAI CHI CHUAN.
Fields, S. "Sage Can Be a Spice in Life," in Aging. Goldstein, E. C., ed. Vol. 1, Art. 26. Boca Raton, Fl.: Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., 1981.

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