Winner’s story: Michelle Specktor

New Researcher Award 2015

The journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy seemed to be the best platform for publishing my research. The journal inspires in-depth and comprehensive research of body-mind relationship in clinical therapeutic settings, and it is the only journal exclusively dedicated to the augmenting field of dance movement psychotherapy.

Michelle SpecktorI am proud and delighted to be the recipient of the New Researcher Award 2015 for my article ‘A study of twins and coping with crisis using Emotorics’ published by the journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, and I accept it with gratitude and a deep sense of humility.

Curiosity has been my primary motivation in doing this research. Many helped make it possible. I wish to acknowledge and extend my gratitude for the knowledge, generosity, time and effort contributed by all. Especially I am thankful for the endless devotion of the Editor’s team of the journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, who were truly keen in reviewing and revising the article to its excellence. The journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy seemed to be the best platform for publishing my research. The journal inspires in-depth and comprehensive research of body-mind relationship in clinical therapeutic settings, and it is the only journal exclusively dedicated to the augmenting field of dance movement psychotherapy.

I was not aware of the journal’s prestigious New Researcher Award and was surprised to be notified of the honor. The award supports my belief that this unique twinship study, in the area of Dance Movement Therapy, presents a new view of understanding human individuality and explains why identical twins, although sharing the same genes and environment, may cope with crises so differently. The results indicate that Twin Type Identification, TT1 and TT2, exist, and can be determined by using Emotorics binary profiling of Yona Shahar-Levy. Based on this study’s new approach of predicting how children would cope with crises, it is recommended for professionals, as well as, for parents to identify TT1 twins in the early stages. Such identification could be beneficial in order to provide a TT1 child with appropriate care that will allow enhancing his or her emotional capabilities and personal skills and to be able to cope better with potential crises in their future lives. Considering the limitation of the study to twinship, a broader investigation and further study of TT1 characteristics in singletons could enlighten the individual’s inherited ability to cope with crises in general.

I appreciate many mentors, family members, friends and acquaintances that have supported my study in many various ways including by stimulating conversations, by inviting me to speak at their conferences, by inviting me to write for their publications, and by referring me to additional sources of knowledge and wisdom. Finally, I am most thankful to all the twins and their families that agreed to participate in this study. Their deeds and devotion in sharing their experiences and ideas have highly inspired me and greatly contributed to the success of this study. I am very indebted to them all. Thank you.


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