Be Your Own Therapist

Trauma takes many forms, and has different levels of impact on our mental health for each of us. In addition to professional counseling, there are many resources for self-healing.

Psychotherapist Daniel Mackler speaks about nurturing our ability to know and take care of ourselves through writing:

“Journaling – that is, writing down the truth of your feelings, your point of view, your fears, your angers, your hopes, your expectations, your desires, your fantasies, your hatreds…requires massive intimacy with yourself. This self-intimacy is the essence of good therapy, and yet is also what makes good therapy so difficult.”

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Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health

How do people make use of traumatic experiences in their creative work? What impacts on mental health can trauma have, and how can people regain mental and emotional health?

Patrick Stewart is an example of many creative people who have been deeply impacted by trauma in early life.

An interview article notes he was “for decades a man plagued by fear and stifled by rage. The roots of his struggle go back to a difficult childhood, marked by poverty and abuse that took him years to understand.”

“I have been inclined to be solitary in huge chunks of my life,” says Stewart. “I don’t think that’s a good thing anymore. I think the interaction of being with people, especially people you like, is very important for keeping you sharp, alert, active, connected.”

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Creative Inspiration: The Art of Discovery book

This article is about the book The Art of Discovery: Hollywood Stars Reveal Their Inspirations, Edited by Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition.

She comments: “A few bars of music can evoke even the dimmest of memories, while architecture and design define the spaces we live in. Art helps us discover who we are. What could be more important than that?”

One of the artists in the book, Jessica Chastain, comments: “In my favorite novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch says, ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’

“It wasn’t until I began acting that I discovered the true meaning of that statement. Acting makes me feel like I’m part of something larger than myself – we’re all connected.”

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