Lowen, like Wilhelm Reich before him, believed that only by helping the client see how his or her resistance fit a constellation of character, could the nucleus of resistance be overcome. An implication of this is that egalitarian and exploratory approaches to therapy and change, even one's including bodywork, if they fail to 'characterize' the problem, tended to only produce modest change in quality of life. From this arises the emphasis on 'tight' definitions of the character such as Lowen's basic five. Looser, 'Mr Potato Head' approaches in which character is described by an impromptu amalgamation of traits are prone to self-deception if done by the subject, and projection if done by another.
It was created using the message design principles of color and typography, using Contrast, Alignment, Repetition, and Proximity (CARP) (Lohr, 2008). In creating this worksheet, I gained a deeper understanding in the use of color theory outlined by Lohr (2008). I used green to enhance acuity and recognition of the smiley face as representing a character, and the split-complementary colors of reddish-purple and reddish-orange for contrast between clues and traits. In reflecting CARP, each of the boxes and text is aligned, and the rectangle shape reinforces repetition. Because this was designed for younger learners, I wanted to keep it very simple.