The 7 Psychological Functions of Art

Blog find of the day was Maria Popova’s review of “Art as Therapy” by philosopher Alain DeBotton and historian John Armstrong.

In it they propose that Art is more than just an aesthetic indulgence but is a tool that helps  fulfil seven core psychological functions:

  • Remembering
  • Hope
  • Sorrow
  • Rebalancing
  • Self understanding
  • Growth
  • Appreciation

 

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