From art to science, that is, fairy tales in the fight against disease
The disease is a story, that is, a few words introducing you to narrative medicine and art therapy
Each of us has our own history, usually unwritten ... And if you treat life as a novel, the variety and length of the works would be enormous. We would browse bloated volumes, adventurous sagas, short short stories suddenly interrupted, stories of great love, breakthrough discoveries and touching prose of life.
And on these pages we would also read the reflections of the sick, struggling with the suffering of a body broken by pain. So I dare say that the disease is a story. This is evidenced by the diaries, the authors of which often describe their ailments.
Therefore, the patient is the narrator, and the humanist doctor is an attentive and sensitive listener. For in the words of a sick person there is sometimes a secret of suffering, its source and course.
But it's not easy to talk about pain.
Therefore, art becomes an important bridge between the patient and the doctor. How much can you express through a picture, a melody or a poem ...
Art therapy teaches, on the one hand, the interpretation of the patient's creativity, and on the other hand, the expression of emotions through art. The therapist stands between the doctor and the patient and helps to create a communication bridge. Bibliotherapy and fairy-tale therapy are a special type of therapy through art. The latter is aimed at the youngest.
Narrative medicine treats literature as a significant support for dialogue with the patient. To this end, the interpretation of literary works becomes a valuable skill for medical personnel.
And this is what I am going to tell you about bibliotherapy and narrative medicine ...
As a member of EUNAMES, the European Narrative Medicine Society, I invite you to see my presentation at the September conference in Milan, devoted to art therapy and narrative medicine.