Bibliotherapy. Evidently, it’s a real thing. Of course, any reader can tell you the mental and emotional benefits of reading. (Not just self-help books either but fiction.) It’s an escape into a fictional world. The Rivendell to the journey through life.
But it’s also a way to deal with problems. Last time, I wrote about how writing has helped me through different events in my life. (Okay, so I only listed one major example, but there are plenty of others.) Reading has done the same.
During that same time of growing up that I mentioned in the last post, I was very much into The Lord of the Rings. Like, my mom and I had weekly marathons of all three films. I found myself relating heavily to Sam Gamgee. He is the epitome of loyalty. The journey wasn’t really his, but he wouldn’t let Frodo go alone. He supported Frodo at every turn, even when that meant he would inevitably die. I was good at being a friend before, but I think I became a better one thanks to Sam.
Evidently, though, this idea of bibliotherapy started with the Greeks and has carried on into modern society. And for good reason. It works. And here’s the original article that inspired this post in the first place: “Bibliotherapy Is Real and Wonderful.” (Newly discovered note about the link: It now redirects to an offer to download their plug in before showing the article. Obnoxious, I know. If you click on the round “Go to blog post” at the bottom, it’ll show the content I meant for you to see. Sorry about that!)
So I suppose this means that, if I ever decide to move away from teaching, I can become a bibliotherapist instead.
What books have helped you through hard times in your life? Would you want to be a bibliotherapist too?