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Promote Well-Being by Reading: Bibliotherapy

Before we talk about bibliotherapy, let’s ask: Do you remember when you first started reading? When did you first experience this magical experience where you took a stroll through the pages of books and began to dance with words?

Books have been an essential part of our lives since the first day we started reading as a magical world where we can give ourselves nice breaks in daily life. The literary world can show us new paths, gain new perspectives, and grow us. Books that lead us in ways we do not know, teach about lands we have not seen, and push the limits of our imagination can help us and even heal us by wrapping up our wounds.

Bibliotherapy in Ancient Greece

Bibliotherapy, which has been used as a method that is good for human psychology since ancient Greece and is also a form of self-help, is defined as helping the individual relax by bringing the right book together with the right person at the right time (Philpot, 1997). In this method, resources approved by psychology and psychiatry experts are presented to people as healing tools. In addition to these definitions, bibliotherapy can be understood with a sentence at the entrance of a library in Ancient Greece: “The Place where the Human Spirit is Healed” (Riordan and Wilson 1989). From ancient Greece to the modern world, bibliotherapy, that is, books, serve people like volunteer psychologists. Perhaps this is why some of the psychological processes that have been proven and expressed as a result of countless scientific studies have been described in literature much earlier.

Bibliotherapy in the Modern World

Today, bibliotherapy is used to increase and deepen the understanding of the individual’s difficulties or to raise awareness about himself. With this method, the individual can deal with the difficulties experienced in sessions with psychologists and psychiatrists and outside the session.

Despite the increase in the prevalence of psychological difficulties in the modern world, we know that few people can reach the necessary treatment, and some individuals who need it cannot reach psychological help services for economic, social, familial, or individual reasons. Therefore, self-help books can be life-saving in such situations. For these reasons, I would like to recommend you two scientifically proven books:

1. Feeling Good – David Burns

This book, which can have a wrap-around effect, argues that it is especially effective in treating anxiety (anxiety) and depression. It offers ways to help us feel better by restructuring the negative thought patterns surrounding us from time to time in our lives with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.

2. Growing up in a Difficult Family – Susan Forward & Craig Buck

This book, which deals with the harm that parents cause to their children knowingly or unknowingly, and the children who carry this damage on their back like a heavy sack for years, also offers new ways to help individuals who have to grow up in a problematic family by explaining how they can cope with difficulties.

Words as letters come together, sentences combined with words holding hands, and books that emerge with a terrific dance of sentences… Don’t you think the effect of this effect of books on our psychological health and healing is fascinating?