Can A Book Be Your Therapist?

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 21 2012 @ 9:41am

Alain de Botton and his London-based School of Life staff want you to give it a shot:

Their “bibliotherapy” program matches individuals struggling in any aspect of their lives with a list of books hand-selected to help them through tough times. You get your reading list after an initial consultation with a bibliotherapist in which you discuss your life, your reading history, and your problems.

No, results have not been tested to work. But:

Inflexible thinking is characteristic of both anxiety and depression, the two most common psychological complaints. In their non-clinical forms, these ailments are self-perpetuating because the sufferer is locked into thought-patterns that reinforce them. While unproven, literature’s rumored power to reorient and rewire these patterns is certainly worthy of future study.