HOLD ON, LET GO Wooden Nickel

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HOLD ON, LET GO Wooden Nickel

10.00

For this wooden nickel design, I wanted to make a hand-held object for soothing trauma. For a better understanding of how trauma affects survivors, psychologists often refer patients to the “Window of Tolerance” concept. The idea is that people coping with trauma spend a lot of time feeling intolerably high affectation (anxious mania) or intolerably low affectation (depression). The goal is to move our feelings to a more regulated place, towards the window of tolerance—by either slowing down or speeding up.

My wooden nickel design argues that to help slow down anxiety, survivors might “hold on” to something. And to help speed feelings up from a depressive place, we might “let go” to shed negativity and move faster.

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