Catharsis, Self Care and Therapeutic (Mis)reading

In times like these, it’s easy to get down. Sometimes you try to distract yourself to feel better. Other times, you embrace the feeling until it runs its course. Some of us do that with fiction–movies, TV shows, books, music.

It’s there for us. So what’s going on when we appropriate fiction therapeutically?

In last week’s video essay, I took a stab at answering this question by examining concepts from literary theory. Katharsis, metaphor, metonymy and hermeneia describe ways that fiction and language operate and can be used to describe how therapeutic reading is sort of like speech.

Therapeutic misreading is one way we interpret and express our own experience.

Watch the video below, and be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel if you haven’t already.



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