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Healing, Reverie and Somaesthetic Anchors

Designing objects of soft fascination to move from fight and flight, to flow and flourish


  • Chloe Cassidy University of New South Wales


My emerging awareness of a void that lingers with mind-body dualism brought me to this research. I live with the impacts of complex post-traumatic stress disorder, marked by a tendency to ebb between perpetual states of fight and flight, or freeze. Examining my lived experiences in relation to two trauma-informed care principles (safety and empowerment), I present the potential for cultivating an aesthetic appreciation in nature, and improved body consciousness. I hope to empower others to reach a sense of safety by sharing my experiences as I reanimate my creativity to move from fight and flight, to flow and flourish.