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Emotion Mapping - Art Therapy Exercise

Emotion Mapping - Art Therapy Exercise

Materials needed:

  1. Paper

  2. Pencils, pens, markers, or crayons

  3. Ruler (optional)


  1. Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can work without distractions.

  2. Take a few deep breaths to center yourself and bring your awareness to the present moment.

  3. On a piece of paper, draw a simple map of a place that holds significance for you. This could be your childhood home, your favourite vacation spot, or any other place that evokes strong emotions.

  4. Use your drawing tools to add details to the map, such as landmarks, streets, and natural features. Take your time with this step and try to capture the essence of the place as accurately as possible.

  5. Once you've finished drawing the map, reflect on the emotions that are associated with the place. Think about specific memories, experiences, or people that come to mind when you think about this location.

  6. Use different colors or symbols to represent the various emotions you've identified on the map. For example, you might use red to represent feelings of joy, blue for sadness, and green for calmness.

  7. As you add the emotions to the map, consider how they are interconnected and how they influence your experience of the place.

  8. If you'd like, you can use a ruler to draw lines connecting the different emotions on the map, showing how they relate to each other spatially.

  9. Take a step back and observe your emotion map. Notice the patterns and connections between the emotions, and how they are distributed throughout the space.

  10. Reflect on your experience of creating the emotion map. How did it feel to visually represent your emotions in this way? What insights did you gain about yourself and your emotional landscape?

Emotion mapping is a therapeutic art exercise that allows you to explore and visualise your emotions in relation to a specific place. By creating a visual representation of your emotional experiences, you can gain insight into the complex interplay between your inner world and external environments, fostering self-awareness and emotional healing.


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