Can a book cure mental illness?
A charming essay by Lori Gottleib in The New York Times about bibliotherapy.
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Bibliotherapy is unbelievably powerful and is the cornerstone to “Feelin’ Good”, the book that brought cognitive behavioral therapy to the mainstream in the 90s. It’s a good (and hefty) read on the subject!
The article talks a lot about using fiction as a tool but it can work equally as well with non-fiction. I love reading texts on neurobiology and mental disorders!
I also really liked that the author was open about the times it didn’t work. My therapist has definitely recommended books to me that I didn’t sync up with and made for some awkward silences at our next session. :joy:
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