Theoretical Background

In 1976, at the 2nd congress of the French association of audio-psycho-phonology, psychiatrist Dr. Michel G. Mouret presented an observation regarding the use of drawing as an adjunct to an auditory treatment:

“If one is offered a piece of drawing paper and crayons, the person has in front of them a space where they will be able to open up their inner world. Besides the fact that visual language can enrich clinical data, the activity of graphic expression is an agent of communication, catharsis and psychosynthesis. Such integration of the psyche is neither explained nor dissected, but perceived… Once drawn, the inner reality becomes an object of contemplation and meditation and therefore a possible transformer... the artwork that the subject creates reshapes him if he is invested in it sufficiently"

After more than 30 years of implementing the Catharsis Application Program and having the opportunity to offer this technique to wide variety of audiences, we have been able to verify Dr. Mouret’s observations of the restorative power of images. We can confirm that symbols and archetypes shown in the drawings have a function of mobilization.

The idea of the mobilizing power of images is particularly well explained in Jung’s oeuvre. Indeed, a centerpiece and original idea of his work is the concept of the dynamic transformation that exists in our unconscious. Highlighting the self-healing and transformative forces that exist within our unconscious which he called "archetypes," Jung enables us to understand the origin of our mental representations, our reactions and our behavior. He brings us in the framework of a harmonious evolution as a human being growing: "The Self is the total timeless man...who stands for the mutual integration of conscious and unconscious".

John Freeman’s introduction in Jung’s book "Man and His Symbols" wrote: “But his overwhelming contribution to psychological understanding is his concept of the unconscious—not like the unconscious of Freud, merely a sort of glory-hole of repressed desires, but a world that is just as much a vital and real part of the life of an individual as the conscious, "cogitating" world of the ego, and infinitely wider and richer. The language and the "people" of the unconscious are symbols, and the means of communication are dreams… in Jung's view the unconscious is the great guide, friend, and adviser of the conscious…"

With CAP, the drawings made under musical induction do not simply reveal a problem of the moment they also provide an access to the unconscious and offer the opportunity to discover what it is trying to communicate. As Jung wrote, and as we have observed in patients participating in our program, the archetypes - or unconscious dynamics - have the ability to really put the “Me” in motion, and in some cases to repair the emotional disorder present, even the most serious ones. The drawings done under the musical induction of the CAP method, have, in our view, a similar function that we found in dreams, which is to restore a psycho-emotional balance.

The CAP process appears to have an ability to create a dialogue between the conscious and the unconscious. Despite its many controversies, Jung understood this: "it is a fact that, in addition to memories from a long-distant conscious past, completely new thoughts and creative ideas can also present themselves from the unconscious, thoughts and ideas that have never been conscious before."

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