“A book may offer someone a step-by-step guide to dealing with a mental or emotional issue.”
“There is a degree of scepticism [about it] because its no hard science. Often you rely on people’s experiences and their stories about how it’s helped them but it’s difficult to pin-point exactly what it is about it.”
“I think reading in itself is inherently therapeutic.”
“there is a value in creative reading; novels and poetry provide ways of promoting well-being that let you escape your own worries and learn about your own experiences”.
“I think books have more to offer besides the gaining of intellectual wisdom and artistic value. There’s something magical about how literature can be a platform or spur for people to talk about personal things, which they would otherwise have difficulty expressing. Our brains are wired for narrative. We try and make sense of the out of the chaos of the world through stories and I think that’s why the therapy works.”