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[courtesy of Clare Goodwin

 

ARTISTS AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
  • Although the following refers to artists (as a unique group of individuals), it also stands for the global aspect of "the different" (see "Art as a Way of Life" )
  • Sometimes we tend to pigeonhole others by their conforming or nonconforming to "normal" standards of life; those who do not conform are more likely to be classified as "different" (if not "not normal"...). Have you seen (in real life or on television) an "eccentric" actor? an "outlandish" scientist? a "weird" poet? a hedonistic, aging "Peter Pan" man? - you probably have. Now try to remember how did you classify them...
  • Luckily, difference makes the world go round; unluckily, some fail to see it this way. The latter believe that the "different" would be "better off" once he/she has been "straightened" to the "normal". (Just imagine how boring our planet would then become...).
  • The endeavour of true and honest psychotherapy is not about "straightening" or "normalising" the "different" to conformity at all. It is rather about making the "different" accept and encounter his/her different-ness and celebrate it through full responsibility.

...BECAUSE NORMAL AND DIFFERENT ARE IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER

 


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