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Why everyone needs a book therapist in their life.

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Why everyone needs a book therapist in their life.

Best for book serendipity in a world where we are overwhelmed with books. Bibliotherapists or book therapists are experts on books. There are so many books, many of which we may never know about were it not for someone who has read extensively and is aware of what book is the most relevant for your particular needs at a given point in time: the magic of the right book at the right time. In that respect a book therapist can be life-changing and in a world where we are all fighting for time, it might just be the best investment...

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What are the benefits of book therapy?

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What are the benefits of book therapy?

Self-awareness, empathy and mental well-being Reading is more than just voraciously devouring words as we hurriedly rush through the chapters of an engaging J K Rowling book for example. It is the connection that we feel with the characters, the identification with those characters, the sense of comfort and the feeling of being understood.  A 2011 study published in the Annual Review of Psychology confirmed that when people read about an experience the same part of the brain lights up as having experienced it themselves. This suggests that people who read a lot, tend to empathise better with others, and are able...

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What kind of issues can be treated with book therapy?

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What kind of issues can be treated with book therapy?

There's a whole list under our A - Z of Book Prescriptions Book therapy can be very useful for those suffering from low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, abuse, addiction, stress, communication skills as well as relationship and family issues. At Book Therapy, however we prescribe books for every issue under the sun from divorce, break-ups, friends disappointing us, difficult in-laws, boredom, child-birth, commitment issues, ageing, ageing parents, unemployment, snoring, guilt, the hero complex to shopaholism. These are but a few. View our A - Z of Book Prescriptions for the full list.   Book Therapy offers an alternative to conventional therapy using the...

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A Short History of Bibliotherapy

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A Short History of Bibliotherapy

"Healing for the Soul" The first origins of book therapy or bibliotherapy can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks, who built libraries holding both entertainment and educational books. Aristotle's literature was considered medicine for the soul. King Ramses II also had a dedicated chamber filled with books that was aptly labelled "House of Healing for the Soul". In the early nineteenth century doctors were prescribing books for guidance and respite from suffering. Soldiers who were involved in World War One were reading to manage post-war trauma. The practice expanded further in the 1950s when Carolyn Shrodes, author of 'The...

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The Types of Book Therapy

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The Types of Book Therapy

From educational to developmental The goal of book therapy is to inform, educate and heal. Book therapy or bibliotherapy comprises two main types: educational and therapeutic. Educational book therapy is often used amongst school-age children and adolescence to teach them about developmental milestones, for example, puberty and building resilience. Therapeutic book therapy focuses on specific issues, phobias or conditions. It uses fiction, non-fiction or a combination of the two to help alleviate the symptoms and resolve the issue. These could involve short stories, novels, biographies, poetry and self-help books. Imaginative or creative book therapy can be powerful in helping someone...

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