2023 Author: Jake Johnson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 23:11
The DIY (Do It Yourself), is nothing more than the usual “Do it yourself”.
Currently, with the massiveness of video platforms and social media, it has become a way of life for many. Today, just by searching the internet, one can find tutorials to do just about anything.
This offers enormous possibilities to learn techniques of the most diverse and also to replace the purchase with handcrafting. Beyond of the characteristics of this type of activity, it is interesting to analyze the psychological effect they produce.
In principle, we can emphasize the “power to create”. Already with the Freudian conception we already understand how Sublimationto all kinds of artistic or intellectual production. Through this process, we somehow manage to process energy available in the psyche, directing the libido towards a desexualized end. It is a very he althy way to redirect this energy.
For Jung, the creative process is essential to the psyche; the created form or object is transformed into an external symbol that represents the interiority and spirituality of the person who creates it.
Through all kinds of creative activity we managed to transform that energy and at the same time create somethingnew, something that even beyond being thought by others, did not exist concretely in our life before we have elaborated it.
Any manual task that involves work on certain materials and their transformation: from raw material to an elaborated product that, thanks to our intervention, becomes something new and different, has a therapeutic effectby itself.
Spending time and energy on a particular manual task helps us reduce anxiety, focus and connect with the situation present.
Many tasks such as embroidery, weaving, playing an instrument, painting, making pottery, among many others, are equivalent to a meditative act.
These are tasks that imply creativity but at the same time constancy and repetition of certain actions, and this ends up becoming a continuous that leads us to a plane of greater relaxation.
Also, the power to create something for oneself increases self-esteem and helps us trust in our capabilities.
The Art Therapy uses many of these principles: the creation of an object with its own stamp, resignifies us and transforms us toourselves.
So it is interesting to apply, thanks to the large amount of information available today, some of these techniques from time to time.
Instead of buying everything automatically, it is advisable to choose what we would be interested in learning to do andtry.
The process itself is therapeutic and so is the result. And it is desirable that it be implemented with both children and adults.
One learns to develop patience, the succession of steps necessary to achieve a result, perseverance, tolerance to the frustration,the perseverance to have to start over if it didn't work out the first time.
These are all interesting points to develop just in this anxious and instantaneous world.
Ironically, technology and the speed of information are what allow us to develop those skills that have been relegated in the modern world.
Learn from the processes and get involved in them. Getting out of the immediacy of wanting something=buying it and having it; and to be able to go through the process of learning and creation that these activities imply.