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The Mask

During this seminar we use the Mask as a way of objectively looking at one’s self. The exercise of constructing a mask is the first step in assisting the resident in revealing some of the things they feel in

a simplified way without fear or embarrassment.

When people wear masks, their faces are hidden. Their identity is concealed and the mask projects a new identity.

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It is paradox at C.U.R.A. that our masks uncover rather than cover up the real individual.

We welcome the participant to use both sides of the mask during this process. They decorate the outside with paints, feathers, buttons and other items while they use newspapers and magazines to create a collage on the inside to explore their hopes, dreams, regrets, resentments, etc.

The concept behind using the physical construction of a mask is to enable the resident to delve into his or her past lives and behavior and elicit those feelings not easily brought out in the group process.



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“My mask represents ages of life experience. My mask is a reflection of the past masks that were worn before me. The society I live in is a society of masks. From the day that I was conceived my mask was developed for me to wear. As I matured, so did the mask that I wore. When I attended school, I wore a mask, even when I began to socialize, I wore masks. The lifestyle that I had lived for the last thirty years, I had to wear a mask. To sum it up, my whole life has been one of many masks. In fact, my mask is one of many. I have no idea of who I really am. My whole life is constructed around masks.”

-Kevin B.                                                                                                         

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