Art therapy: cure depression?

It is an illusion. This word trap. One has only to think: "De-pres-si-i", and the life fearfully freezes in place. It is worth to say aloud - everything comes again in joyful movement is interrupted in the video movie. The show goes on. But the leading role in it perform very different actors. You list the protagonists suddenly drops out, goes into the category of third-party observer, sitting alone in the dark cinema, still and empty, which is full of on the sidelines of life.

And at this time on the screen real people vigorously solves the problem, easily overcomes obstacles, gush positive emotions, making plans for the future. You've got - oh-ho-ho! - depression. She, my dear, the most. The result of years of kopivsheysya fatigue and constant stress. Chronic, indolent. So, all the "long-playing" plans pushed into a box full of indifference to their fate.

And it is now nowhere to hurry. And why? To the future? No, the future is hazy, a big question mark. WHO is clearly visible only pressing intractable problems. And because in my head constantly sounds pretty hackneyed phrase: "Water is wet, the sky is blue, and life - shit!" ©. Who owns this philosophical gem? Oh yes! Private detective Joe Hallenbeku (aka - The Last Boy Scout from the same gollivudkogo blockbuster).

Art therapy: cure depression?

I wonder if Bruce Willis suggested, played the very Hallenbeka that words once spoken by his hero, will become the most quoted slogan of depressing cynics of the world? I think yes. But if he knew that the film does not claim to special deep hidden meaning, bears, however, a therapeutic effect? Probably no. Although ... "The Last Boy Scout" was filmed in 1991, after several decades since the official appearance in practical psychology of a new direction - art therapy (literally: the art of treatment). So, who knows, maybe the filmmakers were aware of.

Art therapy: cure depression?

"The Last Boy Scout," though it is not necessary on a par with films, the holders of the title of "sample-to-high-art-to-that-sure-worth-join", too, is not without a certain idea of ​​art therapy. Especially if we take into account the traditional American happy ending: the protagonist overcomes his depression, confirms profsostoyatelnost, finds new friends, moving to a new (improved) level of family relationships, and returns to a socially active life. The grass green again, and the sky - blue, and water - wet, and there are no more problems.

If you remember, in the plot of the film even used a real example of the result of the projective art therapy - gloomy pictures of a teenage girl, the daughter of the very detective Hallenbeka. "Water is wet, the sky is blue, and old Satan Claus is looking for new victims" ©. Images - demonstration of feelings of the child, projected onto the paper relation to reality, artistic sublimation of adolescent aggression. So, yes, the filmmakers certainly have been aware of ...

Art therapy: cure depression?

At least they have an idea about the work of Sigmund Freud (the founding father of the theory of the unconscious), to use in their practice, some well-known and now fashionable methods of art therapy. In particular, Freud's patients visualized his inner "I" spontaneous drawing, modeling or letter. Since materialized deep impulses, unconscious (fears, desires, hopes, conflicts) takes on the color and shape. Formulated the idea that patients could not or did not want to put into words, to say out loud. The idea itself is not new artistic expression. It has existed since prehistoric times. Rock painting, for example, it is the message of the artist rendered ancestor on a given topic "How I see the world." And the world is, admittedly, not too was affectionate. On the contrary - is full of dangers, risks and fears.

Maybe because the cave painter and became a stone easel? Drew, for example, eerie Smilodon (saber-toothed tiger). Next - frail, frightened to death, man. Here's what he - a primitive horror! I thought for a moment, pririsoval man's hand a spear. Not so helpless primitive people! Cheer up, even I thought about it. He extended the line of spears thrust into a cartoon tiger side. All. No more fear. Vp-p-ra! The grass is green, the sky is blue, water is wet, and the primitive man - the great prehistoric hunter! Convened the whole family showed the artistic result of his work (read: had group therapy session). People looked, scratched his head, and probably believe it. And some of the tribesmen, possibly even drew an additional series of drawings. To enhance the art a therapeutic effect. Incidentally, I'm not kidding. Such a theory does exist.

The basic postulate of art psycho simple: introduction to the work of (passive acceptance of others and / or active expression of their own) leads to positive changes in the intellectual, social, emotional and personal development. Just like that. And even easier - in art therapy is important symbolism, ie, the vector that defines the path that points to a problem or a key to its solution. And artistry is secondary. So if, say, depression is illusory, light (eg, seasonal) shape, then adjust its internal state, to return vitality, using available art methods, may well try each.