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Running head: BIBLIOTHERAPY 1 More Research for Bibliotherapy Misty D. Romigh EN 104 Herzing Akron Campus
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BIBLIOTHERAPY 2 All my life I have had an astounding imagination. I have been able to see the different sides to almost every situation. It is rare that I can have a conversation with someone that believes in the magic of books the way that I do. From my experience, very few people can understand what I am talking about when I say magic. I do not read just simply to read. When I read, I can leave the reality around me and enter that which is portrayed within the story. I do not only see the words on the page; I feel the emotion in the story that each word tells. I developed the ability to do this at a young age. I struggled with depression and self-harm issues while growing up, and no matter what I did the feelings of worthlessness and despair would not cease. At least until I experience the magical relief that the books offered. The stories I read were my escape, I no longer felt helpless. The way the stories allowed me to enter their worlds, the way the emotions were like my own, this, is what helped me get through. Eventually, I was able to use the stories I experienced in my real life and overcome the emotions that devoured my mind every day. From my experience reading for pleasure is beneficial for both emotional and cognitive health. Background Mental health is something that many people today struggle with and bibliotherapy could help them cope in a healthy way. Bibliotherapy is a technique that uses literature as a way to help people learn to handle difficult problems that they face (Sullivan & Strang, 2003). Records show that people from ancient Greece placed a symbol above their library that stated it was a healing place for the soul (Sullivan & Strang, 2003). The earliest documented bibliotherapy treatment was in 1840, however, in 1916 the term "bibliotherapy" was used in an article that explained using books for patients who needed help understanding their problems (Sullivan & Strang 2003). Initially, this method was used to treat adults, but now it is considered a
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BIBLIOTHERAPY 3 developing strategy that can be used for clinical problems as well as helping children with developmental needs (Sullivan & Strang, 2003). Bibliotherapy can help people of all ages with healing and developing coping skills not with just reading but in many other ways as well such as using art, drama, puppetry and creative writing as a way to help people discuss the feelings that they are facing (De Vries et al., 2017). Unfortunately, there are not many professionals that have adapted to this method or even tried to incorporate it in treatment plans for patients with mental health diagnoses. What are the different techniques involved in bibliotherapy? What are the different types of bibliotherapy?
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