If courage / not having courage is a feeling in the body, what does it look like?
The lefthand image shows all the responses for ‘having courage’ layered on top of each other, and also coloured according to the same participant’s selection. The righthand image are all the answers for ‘not having courage’.
The ‘having courage’ original drawings.
- The heart is indicated symbolically and in the physical area.
- Boundary protection is suggested by a shield, sword, clothes and very defined outlines of the body itself.
- A large comic face and extended phallus may be particular to this cohort which includes males from 19 years of age.
- There are descriptions of energy flows and sensation.
- One person draws a speech bubble, in contrast to a thought-bubble for not having courage.
- One female draws an outfit with her abdomen showing. In the not-courage drawing it is concealed.
- What looks possibly like a pint is accompanied by the text: “courage is in the body naturally”
The ‘not having courage’ original drawings. The same position relates to the same person.
- The thought bubble was drawn by the same person as the speech bubble. Speaking is more courageous than thinking.
- The large creature is actually a ‘beached whale’… feeling physically repulsive . Does this suggest causation of lack of courage or result?
- Another large comic head to represent not having courage. But this one has reddened cheeks and a goofy smile…
- While having courage was the possible pint in the hand, the negative version is a gun to the head shooting a bullet.
- Body outlines are less defined in this set, with the hands indicated. Little crosses I presume indicate a “not-there” state, or negative sensation perhaps.
These are the ‘having courage’ drawing recoloured by the colour choice for courage.