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Mezzo Piano: Finding Clinical Presence for Introverts


Brea Murakami

on 7 February 2017

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Transcript of Mezzo Piano: Finding Clinical Presence for Introverts

Finding Clinical Presence
for Introverts

Identify qualities of introverts
Understand continuum between introverts vs. extroverts
Recognize the unique contributions of introverts
Consider implications of introversion in clinical work of music therapists
"Being an introvert is not incompatible with being a music therapist."
Who You Are
How You Are Matters
Music Therapy Students
How can we change:
Our Profession
Fixing Introversion?
Jung: inward flow of "psychic energy";
focus on inner dreams, fantasies
AMTA Professional Competency 9.1:
Recognize the impact of one's own feelings, attitudes, and actions on the client and therapy process
The Extrovert Ideal
Introvert-Extrovert Continuum
Quiet Quiz: Susan Cain
True or False:

1. I prefer one-to-one conversations to group activities
2. I often prefer to express myself in writing
3. I enjoy solitude
4. I seem to care less about wealth, fame, and status than my peers
5. People tell me I'm a good listener
6. I'm not a big risk-taker
7. I enjoy work that allows me to "dive in" without interruptions
8. I like to celebrate birthdays on a small scale, one or two close friends
or family members
9. People describe me as "soft-spoken" or "mellow"
10. I prefer not to show or discuss my work with others until it's finished
11. I tend to think before I speak
12. I often let calls go through to voice mail
Culture of Character vs. Culture of Personality
Temperament and Personality
Introverted Leaders
Uniquely good at leading initiative-takers
Temperament: inborn, biologically based behavioral and emotional patterns
-High vs Low-reactive infants (Kagan, 1989)

Personality: Combination of temperament, cultural influence, personal experience

Music Therapists are...
Leaders of therapeutic change
In contact with people
Musically present
-A minority
Pretending to Be an Extrovert
"Fake it until you become it"
Music is an inherently stimulating activity
How can we change:
Snow, 2013
Introvert's Body Language
-Eye contact
-Physical space
-Visual cues
Our interactions with introverted clients?
Our assessment and analysis of introverted clients?
-Gaining permission and giving respect
-Multi-modal opportunities to participate
-Overarousal: attention and short term memory
Power poses change:
-body chemistry
-others' perceptions
-our perceptions of ourselves

Manageable doses of fear
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom
-Anaïs Nin
Free Trait Theory
Core personal projects
Changing behavior to social demands of a situation
High self monitors:
-Look to others for cues (Snyder, 1974)
-More convincing, less stressed (Bono & Vey, 2007)
The way we train future music therapists?
Balance between natural tendencies
and necessary work
Balanced teaching methods
How can we change:
How we practice self-care?
Burnout rates in music therapy?
-Listen to others
-Lack of interest in dominating social situations
Supporting clients through change
-Self-efficacy of the individual
-Engagement with treatment
Both require clients to be proactive and creative
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain
TED Talk: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
Amy Cuddy
Brea Murakami, MT-BC
Thank You
Introverted MT-BCs
Outgoing MTs perceived as more "successful"
(Shatin, Kotter & Douglas-Longmore, 1968)
42% of MT Majors are introverts
Steele and Young (2008)
Introverted Brains
Deeper, detailed inner analysis
Tense with dopamine

Happier with Acetylcholine
Amy Cuddy (2012)
What are we telling ourselves?
"Configure your brain to work the best in the situation"

More Trues: Introvert
More Falses: Extrovert
Balance: Ambivert or Integrated
Introvert Mistakes:
Brea Murakami, MT-BC
Myers-Briggs: Getting energy from dealing with ideas, pictures, reactions inside his/her head.
Putting attention toward inner world
Sensory processing more sensitive
Slower translating thought to speech
-Becoming isolated
-Confusing introversion with fear
-Leaning on too few people
The extrovert bias in music therapy?
Extroverts perceived as:
-Better leaders
Public persona > Private morality
People whose energy expands during reflection and dwindles through interaction
Helgoe, 2008
45% of MT-BCs are introverts
With industrialization and modernization:
Outgoing, bubbly, charismatic
Music Therapists are...
Leaders of therapeutic change
In contact with people
Musically present
Enthusiastic, open, genuine
Outgoing, bubbly, charismatic?
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