Discuss Bibliotherapy. Do you believe literature can be a viable form of therapy? Is literary writing more or less therapeutic than pop lit or nonfiction?
Why can't literature be a viable form of therapy? I mean, they make you pop pills, shock therapy, keep a diary, why not read books?
Okay, so, we all have bad days, or down days, or rainy days. I get myself some tea, a blanket, and a book. Why not? You sit down and let yourself be taken in by a different world, a different story, a different cast of characters that aren't you family, co-workers, or friends. You're allowing yourself to zone out. It's sort of like a drug. It is acceptable that the world's population does whatever they are comfortable with to relieve stress. You can meditate, craft, garden, cook, what have you, and somehow it is a form of personal therapy.
I think that reading books should really be pushed for people in need of a mild form of therapy. There's a book for everyone out there, as I'm sure my readers will all agree with. Why not take a moment to do something relaxing, mentally healthy, and calm? I'm confident that allowing somebody who's experienceing any form of depression to peruse their local bookstore may help them. I'm not forcing a specific genre or prose on them, I' allowing them to be in control of what they want to read.
As far as writing goes, I'm not sure if there's a specific form that helps relaxation to bloom in certain people. While I believe that, yes, literary works are probably more self-evident and you are allowed to express more personal issues in them, pop-lit or nonfiction can easily be made readily available for people who are more comfortable writing as such.
Pop-lit I am well aware of being sort of... okay, really fake, and nonfiction is when you reach and grab from other sources. Literary writing makes you grab from yourself, and may be extremely healthy. (Well, I suppose it is. I write some-what literary goodies and I always feel better after I do.) I don't see how it really matters. A lot of therapists call for their clients to keep a diary. Writing a little more in depth is just a step further for a lot of people.
So bibliotherapy appeals to me for obvious reasons. I mean, look, I run a book blog for goodness sake. If I ran a blog about crafting with dried fruit, I would probably find therapeutic help in orchards.
Books and writing help, plain as that. Are they the answer to all problems? Of course not, but not every therapy can help every patient. Bibliotherapy may be the next break-through in mild therapeutic research. I only say this because in my days of having down times, it's worked for me.
What do you think?