I like the gift theme as well.
No one wants a trojan horse.
Something that is given that mirrors the receiver and allows the receiver to associate self with the giver is what most want (but a cut-up collage is always nice). The mirror neuron effect would be to give a gift in return.
Googling empathy mirror neurons,
I found alot of references to the Head and Holmes studies of 1911-1912 in defining Body Schema
, an unconscious body map, which enables us to program and monitor the execution of actions with the different body parts.
Googling Merleau-Ponty, I found something that I associated with gutz comment
...Relations can be formed, changed, destroyed by gifts...
associating with understanding and pain ( source
The intersubjective nature of the human brain is underscored by the discovery of a neural mirroring system in the premotor cortex and other areas of the brain, obviously serving as the neurobiological correlate of action understanding, nonverbal communication and empathy.[19,20] Mirror neurons discharge both when an action is performed and when a similar action is observed in another individual. They seem to represent a system that matches intentional behavior of others to one's own action experience, and in this way they form a link of mutual understanding through bodily simulation or resonance. Recently, 'pain neurons' activated by pain observed in others have also been found in the cingulate cortex. Though not having direct applicability for psychotherapy, the concept of a mirror matching network supplies strong evidence for what the phenomenologist Merleau-Ponty has called 'intercorporality': there is a sphere of bodily sensibility and mutual resonance which we share from the beginning with others as embodied subjects. To become aware of these prereflective processes going on during verbal exchange may enhance therapeutic effectiveness.
In trying to find an interesting bit on Head and Holmes about the different effects of the written and spoken word on the body schema, I ran across Emily Holmes's bit on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that reminded me of _PR_ source:
The research supports a "dual-representation" theory of PTSD that proposes that traumas are encoded both in the form of higher-level verbal memories and as lower-level sensory memories. As a result, sensory and verbal interference may have changed the intrusion rate in opposite ways. Holmes likens visuospatial/sensory memory to raw film footage, filled with incoherent images that surface as flashbacks, and verbal/conceptual memory to a news broadcast, with narration to explain events and put them in perspective.
And that completely solidified DIT's statement for me
...Picasso said something along the lines of 'You are your mistakes', which I take to mean that things that you didn't intend to do open up new possibilities to explore, and that the things that you discover along the way shape you and become formative experiences...
I wish I said The creative process may reside outside the individual.
but I'm pretty sure I stole that from our illustrious WG. Straight from the mouth of Bigend.