Even though people have been turning to story and lyric for centuries, the wisdom and guidance available to us in poems, stories and drama can get lost, especially in today’s fast-paced world.
In my classes, we always discuss the motivation of the author. Authors write to express some human issue, to transform and give meaning to experience. In discussing these things, individuals may come to understand universal aspects of their own lives.
The real joy and comfort in literature lies in its ability to connect us with all aspects of being human, and to allow for healing or an increase in understanding beyond the realm of traditional counseling or therapy.
I will work with your current query or struggle and find literary connections for us to discuss together. With literature, there is no one answer or “fix.” Characters are rarely without scars at the end of their tale, but they have often found some meaning, someone who acts as guide, or some way to move to the next part of their lives.
Read more about the growing field of bibliotherapy here.
For more about the effects of our modern world on our psyche, see Dr. Sherry Turkle‘s research and work as director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self and her discussion of the need for human connection.