Art therapy in humanistic psychiatry

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Without art imagining life as full and meaningful is impossible. Art-therapy is one of the new technologies in humanistic psychiatry. It mainly deals with a kind of treatment based on the use of artistic production. Art is creation, play, beauty, communication, and intuition. Artists express their emotional world through art, and the spectators or readers let this world pass through the realm of their sensuality. The true essence of art is in its perceptible and imaginary nature. Art can be pictured as the mirror of direct experience and feelings and sentiments of people. Images and symbols are considered the carriers of emotions and feelings. Through feelings, art deepens the inner world of a human being, inspires us and makes us humane, creates a 'personality' within a person. Creating a personality, art can solve pedagogical and psychological problems of human being. Moreover, art is a psycho-therapeutic remedy for a soul, a means of psychological and psychic relief. The object behind art-therapy is the human mind, that is, the emotional world of a human being, a human soul. Art can purify the sensual world (catharsis), and correct its orientation. Through art-therapy, psychical and psychological disorders can be diagnosed and cured. © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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Farokhi, M. (2011). Art therapy in humanistic psychiatry. In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (Vol. 30, pp. 2088–2092).

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