If there is a difficult exam or a difficult conversation ahead, or maybe just not feeling good from reading the news, there is a way to quickly pull yourself together. Art therapy can help. You can draw, make something with your own hands, or just admire what others have done. In general, this method does not help only one in ten. The rest are able to relax.
According to Dmitry Deulin, Dean of the Faculty of Extreme Psychology at the Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University, in 90% of cases, drawing and contemplating art objects help to neutralize an anxiety attack – both after reading negative news and before an exam. The psychologist came to such conclusions on the basis of experiments with volunteers. The instructor did not disclose the details of these experiments.
Deulin told TASS that study participants (apparently they were students) also “noted an overall decrease in stress, a desire to smile more often and look for positive moments in life.” Although it is possible that they just wanted to please the teacher.
As for the remaining 10% of the subjects, at the time of testing they were “in a more difficult psychological state”, so art therapy did not work on them.
According to the interlocutor, isotherapy can be used both as an “ambulance” for an anxiety attack, and to achieve long-term goals. For example, regular drawing classes help people analyze the causes of their experiences on a subconscious level, as well as improve memory and develop imagination.
“After long periods of drawing, some people may find they have the ability to write, do ballet, and so on,” the psychologist said about the relationship between different types of art.
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