Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Self help nonfiction mainstream bibliotherapy


If they took this a step further and recommended fiction titles to read in conjunction with the self help books, a more comprehensive approach would result. The idea with bibliotherapy is to process on an emotional level, not just take in information. The most advantageous scenario would involve informational and emotional reading followed by group or one on one discussion about the characters' journey or struggle in relation to the reader's own. Expressive arts therapy in the form of poetry, music or other creative outlet as a way to help the reader access feelings that may not be rational but are integrated strongly in the psychological complex causing the feelings of distress is the true bibliotherapeutic experience and necessary in order to fully integrate change.