Monday, 1 December 2008

Poetry as Therapy


Here's an interesting article on Poetry as Therapy from the Huffington Post.

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In an article for the Psychiatric Centers Information Network, registered poetry therapist Perie J. Longo instructs us that "the word therapy, after all, comes from the Greek word therapeia meaning to nurse or cure through dance, song, poem and drama."
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2 comments:

SarahA said...

Writing Poetry is actually my safety valve. I keep alot inside of myself, as I'm not really a 'peoples person'. So I write to let such out.I can see it being used as such and I think great to have in waiting rooms in Doctors surgery or even the Dentist! Brilliant. I think I may even suggest it to mine.

mge said...

Poetry, and writing in general, is a very powerful healing technique.

Taking a poem into a therapy session is like creating a dialogue (or a bridge) between two unsconscius minds.

It works too with some psychotic patients: the more they write, the less they hallucinate.