With news today that David Bowie will likely release a new album next year, I considered the many images he has had throughout his long and storied career. Though psychotherapy isn't likely to take most folks through a series of changes as radical as Bowie's, it is not a bad way to consider the process. Bowie changed his physical appearance during different changes of his career to signal a change in his music/art. But what about clients? We are all familiar with the cliche of a person who changes their appearance after a divorce or breakup. But what about a person who emerges from a long period of depression. Can this person change their appearance as a way of signaling their new engagement in the process of living? Or a person who conquers anxiety. Can their newfound freedom from his sometimes paralyzing disorder transform them in ways that affect the way they look or dress?
What about you? How have you changed your appearance to signal a more positive frame of mind?
Therapy Goes POP
Perspectives on therapy and mental health as viewed through the lens of popular culture