Monday, February 6, 2012

The Arts & Therapy

Art therapy has always fascinated me. Take a troubled person, it can be either a child or an adult, give them a piece of paper, some colored pencils, crayons, chalk, paint, what every you have lying around and let their mind wander. Let their hand wander over the fabric of the paper, or canvas and see what they come up with.

Therapist say you can tell a lot about about a person by what they draw. What is on their mind, what is troubling them. What we draw is what our mind's eye sees. It is a very personal thing. It is a very private thing to explore. It's interesting taking these pictures and interpreting them. It can be scary too. I mean, do you really want to know what your brain is thinking? Therapist do.

Take a child who has gone through some trauma in their life. Some times this is the only way to reach them. Take a stroke victim. They understand you, but are having trouble speaking. Drawing releases what the mind is thinking and so many professions use it. Therapists, detectives, social workers, parents all get an insight into the mind.

How does this relate to writing? I'm glad you asked. Writing is therapy too, but you all knew that already didn't you? Of course. Writing is a way of release. It lets us explore ideas, thoughts, feelings that are hard for us to deal with in day to day life in a safe environment. We throw all our anger, fear and despair into our characters that we sometimes have to deal with ourselves. Only in this world, one that we build, we can control the uncontrollable.

I love the idea of the arts and how it gives us a peak into the human mind. It's amazing what we can find their. We can learn a lesson about our loved ones, and ourselves.

Writing is a useful tool. Take a journal for example. Have you ever read your journal years later to see what you wrote? How were you feeling at the time? What was your state of mind, and how have you healed since then? 

1 comment:

  1. I'd love to get my hands on all those arts supplies and be a child again! But as a writer, I'm addicted to composition books, pens, and highlighters (the kind with colored tabs to mark pages).