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Expressing the Shape and Colour of Personality
Using Lowenfeld Mosaics in Psychotherapy and Cross-Cultural Research

Thérèse Mei-Yau Woodcock

Thérèse Woodcock worked as a librarian and a school teacher before training as a child psychotherapist at Dr Lowenfeld’s Institute of Child Psychology. She worked for 25 years in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the NHS. She has taught at Cambridge and Middlesex Universities, where she is Director of an MSc Course in Lowenfeld Projective Play Therapy.


This book contains the distillation of the author’s 35 years’ experience of using Lowenfeld Mosaics and Lowenfeld practice in the treatment of unhappy and disturbed children, in the investigation of children’ acculturation to alien cultures, and in working with the deaf. Through case studies, 80 colour mosaics made by children and adults are used to illuminate Lowenfeld’s theories.
…Mosaics are one of several non-verbal techniques invented by Lowenfeld to enable children to express their thoughts and feelings directly without having to find words. The circumvention of language attracted Mosaics to the notice of social anthropologists, such as Margaret Mead, looking for tools for cross-cultural research. The author gives a detailed account of how to set about using Mosaics in a clinical setting, how to introduce them to a young person, and how to discuss the resultant creation. The wide range of case studies presented includes the use of Mosaics to study the degree of comparative acculturation of samples of 12-year old Chinese children, in mainland China, London, and San Francisco.
…Thérèse Woodcock has taught the use of Mosaics to a wide range of professionals who work with children – child psychotherapists and psychiatrists, paediatric social workers, paediatric occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, play therapists, guardians, specialist nurses, workers with the deaf, among others. Expressing the Shape and Colour of Personality offers an opportunity to anyone working professionally with children or young people to benefit from her unrivalled experience.

Illustrations and Tables vii
Foreword by Ian Goodyer x
Preface xiii
Acknowledgements xv

1 Meet Adam 1
2 Telling my story with shapes and colours 5
3 The Lowenfeld Mosaic language of shape and colour 11
4 The shape and colour of personality 16
5 Working therapeutically with Lowenfeld Mosaics 21
6 Mirror, mirror on the wall: the psychotherapist’s response 29
7 Lowenfeld Mosaic language development and the personality in action 35
8 Personality in Action I: working with adolescents 52
9 Personality in Action II: working with children 62
10 The use of Mosaics as an assessment tool 79
11 Two contrasting styles of working through similar presenting problems 88
12 The touchstone of experience and expression: Mosaics made by two pre-lingually
deaf persons 110
13 Cross-cultural research with Mosaics 126
14 Mosaics, culture and the implications for interpersonal understanding 145
15 Our bodies, ourselves and Lowenfeld’s theory of E 163
16 Our thoughts, our feelings, ourselves and Lowenfeld’s theory of Protosystem Thinking 170
17 Endings and postscript: my personal experience of the Mosaic process 180

1 Guidelines for using Lowenfeld Mosaics with individuals 187
2 Brief guidelines for recording a Mosaic session 190
3 Guidelines for using Lowenfeld Mosaics with deaf people 193
4 Brief guidelines for using Lowenfeld Mosaics for
cross-cultural research 197
5 Cross-cultural Mosaic research response forms used in the research: (a) from Guangzhou, China; (b) from San Francisco, USA;(c) comparative data 199

Further reading 211
References 213
Index 216
How to obtain Lowenfield Mosaic Sets and books by Dr Margaret Lowenfeld 226

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Publication Details

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Page Extent / Format:
240 pp. / 246 x 171 mm
Release Date:
February 2006
  Illustrated:   Sewn binding with 80 colour mosaics
Paperback Price:
£25.00 / $39.95

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