People often believe that the only way to break out of the
dissociative fog is a jolt to the body. Scratching, cutting,
and burning are among the destructive methods chosen prior
to treatment. The use of hypnotically-based drawing can provide
one alternative to self-mutilation, when taught in a safe
and controlled situation. Sometimes just the raw expression
of color is enough to shift numbness toward normal feeling,
in the context of a therapeutic relationship.