Say more with less words
Here is an infographic poster that I made to serve as a reminder for busy professionals that they are doing valuable and appreciated work. Involvement in the helping professions can be difficult at times. This infographic also includes a quick portrait I did of D.W Winnicott using Japanese ink. Slightly different to watercolour which I normally paint with and it requires careful handling.
Recently I have been reading ''The Maturational Process And The Facilitating Environment'' by D.W Winnicott. It offers some good ideas that are worth sharing. It is quite heavy duty reading and not an easy book to access. I have extracted some of the information with the aim to distill a few points in a way that makes sense to me and hopefully others. I'm still in my infancy as an illustrator and writer, but if there's one thing I have to offer its my interest in this subject. Hopefully my learning journey can be beneficial for others too.
My background is in therapeutic work with children and adolescents.
As an illustrator my task is to produce visual aids to support busy professionals and young people. I feel that an infographic approach is an effective way do deliver a visual and impactful message. I gathered its better to produce something small rather than nothing at all. I remembered this quote by Stephen King:
''If you're brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up''.
Stephen King (2010)
The content below has been extracted and paraphrased to provide a list of indicators to remind you that the help you are providing to people every day is "good enough". Please excuse me if the wording and context varies from the original text. I have credited the author at the end of this article for further reading and sense checking.
1.You apply yourself to your work
2. You have empathy for the people you help
3. You are reliable
4. You behave professionally
5. You have concern for people’s problems
6. You can be used in a helpful way
7. You always remain grounded
8. You can accept love and care while remaining objective
9. You can accept hate without becoming vengeful
10. You are not frightened or overwhelmed by the behaviour of the people that you help
The PDF may be downloaded using the link below this article
Feel free to print for everyday use and share with others.
Keep a look out on my page for more infographics and helpful reminders.
The Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment: Studies in the Theory of Emotional Development"p.228, D.W. Winnicott, F.R.C.P.
The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 64:1-276. London : The Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, 1965
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Stephen King
New York, NY, Scribner, 2010