All around us, everywhere, the world is filled with containers holding things within them. The bowl contains the oranges, the orange skin contains the segments, the segments contain the juice. Most things, ourselves included, are both containing, and being contained. In psychotherapy we think of the containment of emotions as being able to bear and hold and work with uncomfortable and difficult feelings, and the act of feeling held and safe.
Without containment there would be no form in the world, everything would flow in and out with no edges. Containment allows shape and difference, by keeping one thing separate from another. Within our minds containment allows thought and understanding, and allows us to name feelings and experiences. Sometimes difficult experiences can overwhelm our minds, sweeping away the containing edges and leaving our inner world jumbled and confused. The work of therapy is then to bring containment back, to create words and a story which can hold the feelings and experience comfortably within the mind once more.
Containment can bring joy and play back into our lives, giving us new meaning and a richer understanding. The world is full of edges and containers and movement in and out, just look around you and within you…..
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