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Reading Literature Helps Chronic Pain Sufferers

“A study conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool, The Reader and the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals Trust, and funded by the British Academy, has found that shared reading (SR) can be a useful therapy for chronic pain sufferers. ”

“small groups (2-12 people) [come] together weekly to read literature – short stories, novels and poetry – together aloud. The reading material ranges across genres and period, and is chosen for its intrinsic interest, not pre-selected with a particular ‘condition’ in mind.

“Regular pauses are taken to encourage participants to reflect on what is being read, on the thoughts or memories the book or poem has stirred, or on how the reading matter relates to their own lives.”

“Group members participate voluntarily, usually in relation to what is happening in the text itself, and what may be happening within themselves as individuals (personal feelings and thoughts, memories and experiences), responding to the shared presence of the text within social group discussion.”

“The literature was a trigger to recall and expression of diverse life experiences – of work, childhood, family members, relationships—related to the entire life-span, not merely the time-period affected by pain, or the time-period pre-pain as contrasted with life in the present. This in itself has a potentially therapeutic effect in helping to recover a whole person, not just an ill one.”

From: medicalxpress.com/news/2017-03-chronic-pain.html

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Read a book, feel the pain: LitBash 24

Books don’t move you? Perhaps you haven’t found just the right books yet. It’s not too late to feel the pain, or as Kafka said: “What are you reading for but to be wounded?” Start with writers who were…

Born this week:

Konstantin Paustowski, Russia

Leonid Leonov, Russia
“I am a girl of my time… maybe just an ordinary girl, but I am the world’s tomorrow… and you should stand up, yes, stand up when you talk to me, if you have a trace of self-respect left!”

Edgar Wallace, UK
“What is a highbrow? He is a man who has found something more interesting than women.”

Marquis de Sade, France
“The law which attempts a man’s life [capital punishment] is impractical, unjust, inadmissible. It has never repressed crime—for a second crime is every day committed at the foot of the scaffold.”

Thomas Hardy, UK
“A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.”

Karl Gjellerup, Denmark
“There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx’s Capital.”

Max Aub, Spain

Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain
“You have always been smart. You have always looked for the worst in people, and have been quick to notice when people are up to no good… But in the case of your children, you are blind.”

Died this week:

Voltaire, France
“Man is free at the instant he wants to be.”

Herman Broch, Austria
“What’s important is promising something to the people, not actually keeping those promises. The people have always lived on hope alone.”

Hugh Walpole, UK
“The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and a thousand other things well.”

Martin Andersen Nexo, Denmark
“Every mother hopes that her daughter will marry a better man than she did, and is convinced that her son will never find a wife as good as his father did.”

Anna Seghers, Germany

Franz Kafka, Austria
“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?”

Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finland

Stephen Crane, USA
“Every sin is the result of collaboration.”

William Porter (O. Henry), USA
“There are a few editor men with whom I am privileged to come in contact. It has not been long since it was their habit to come in contact with me. There is a difference.”

Georges Feydeau, France

Love, Life, and Pain: LitBash 18

“One’s life is more formed, I sometimes think, by books than by human beings: it is out of books one learns about love and pain at second hand. Even if we have the happy chance to fall in love, it is because we have been conditioned by what we have read, and if I had never known love at all, perhaps it was because my father’s library had not contained the right books.” Graham Greene.

Use this week as an opportunity to learn about life, love, and pain. Read books by authors who were born or died the following week.

Born this week:

Charlotte Bronte, UK
“Novelists should never allow themselves to weary of the study of real life.”

Anne de Stael-Holstein, France
“We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.”

William Shakespeare, UK
“Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care”

Vladimir Nabokov, Russia
“What is this jest in majesty? This ass in passion? How do God and Devil combine to form a live dog?”

Halldor Laxness, Iceland
“while there’s a breath left in my nostrils, it will never keep me down, no matter how hard it blows.”

Maurice Druon, France
“Number is the Word but is not utterance; it is wave and light, though no one sees it; it is rhytm and music, though no one hears it. Its variations are limitless and yet it is immutable. Each for of life is a particular reverberation of Number.”

Margit Sandemo, Norway

Anthony Trollope, UK
“No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself.”

Died this week:

Daphne du Maurier, UK
“All autobiography is self-indulgent.”

James Ballard, UK

“I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring.”

Bram Stoker, UK
“I am Dracula, and I bid you welcome”

Jean Baptiste Racine, France
“My only hope lies in my despair.”

Mark Twain, USA
“Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.”

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spain
“You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch in his throne.”

Pamela Lyndon Travers, UK
“A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.”

Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canada

Alejo Carpentier, Cuba
Travel, Music and Writing… my dream.