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The creator of mandalas in psychology is K.G. Jung, he was the first to use mandalas as a psychotherapeutic tool. Mandala is a psychological tool with which a psychologist can reveal a person’s unconscious.

The purpose of the diagnosis

The main goal of mandala therapy is:

  1. diagnostics of problems;

  2. normalization of the emotional state;

  3. stimulation of creativity.

Diagnosis with a mandala is suitable for both adults and children.

How is mandala therapy done?

The psychologist gives the client a blank A4 sheet and colored pencils. Asks the client to draw a circle, while you can use a compass, saucer or other round objects that will allow you to accurately depict the circle. After the client has drawn a circle, the psychologist says that now they need to draw something in the circle. As a result, you need to paint the finished drawing. The psychologist takes the completed work for himself in order to give an interpretation.

Designation of flowers in the mandala

  • Yellow – independence, enlightenment, energy. Negative meaning – envy, economic problems.
  • Blue – peace, kindness, self-confidence. Negative meaning – boredom, life-threatening, difficult childhood.
  • White – freedom, innocence, love of truth. Negative meaning – perfectionism, indifference.
  • Black – renewal, revival. Negative meaning is fear, despair, death.
  • Grey – life chaos. Negative meaning is guilt, life weariness.
  • Orange – optimism, self-confidence, ambition. Negative meaning – frivolity, emotional dependence.
  • Red – passion, love, energy. Negative meaning is aggression, impulsivity, passivity.
  • Pink – sensitivity, shyness, need for love. Negative meaning is self-destructive tendencies.
  • Green – inner harmony, growth, renewal. Negative meaning – lack of truth, ambition.
  • Violet – nostalgia. Negative meaning is regret, escape from reality.
  • Brown – modesty, love of the prostate. Negative meaning – poverty, low self-esteem.

Symbolism of figures in the mandala

  • Winding lines – the predominance of emotions over reason.
  • Straight lines – the predominance of rational thinking.
  • Horizontal lines – energy of maternal origin.
  • Vertical lines – Vital energy.
  • A circle – security, balance.
  • Cross – indecision, making important decisions.
  • Star – self-confidence.
  • Square – stability, closeness.
  • Triangle – if its tip is raised up, then this is the desire to achieve goals. If down, then this speaks of self-destruction.
  • Spiral – development and dynamics of life.
  • Eye – clairvoyance, intuition.
  • Maze – finding yourself.
  • A heart – love happiness.
  • Flowers – beauty, revival of life.
  • Rainbow – recovery, integrity.
  • The sun – insight.
  • moon – unconscious forces, susceptibility.

Structural content of the mandala

Central part of the mandala

Particular attention should be paid to the center of the mandala, as it reflects the “transpersonal self”. If there are two centers in the mandala that are intertwined, then this indicates changes associated with the development process. The absence of the central part of the mandala indicates the uncertainty of the individual, the search for his “I”.

Mandala borders

The boundaries in the image reflect the psychological boundaries of the person. In addition, these boundaries show the specialist how open a person is. Thick and dense borders indicate a person’s closeness, the need for protection. If the client traced the borders of the mandala with a colored pencil, then this is a good sign.

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Victor Samlin

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