The idea of healing benefits and emotional catharsis through reading is intuitively appealing. But does it work that way? Jane Turner Goldsmith finds answers in neuroscience, philosophy and more.
You don’t have to work through trauma on your own.
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A professor of counseling explains how to find therapists and support communities that can help work through these unique challenges.
A refugee family that fled to Pakistan after the Partition of British India.
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Effects of violence and forced migration on survivors’ mental health have not been acknowledged, despite the trauma being passed down generations.
Proponents claim the stones can promote health and well-being.
Crystals are part of a larger tradition of metaphysical religions that have a long history in the U.S.
Canadian Howie Mandel is a veteran stand up comic.
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At its best, comedy can bridge, unite and heal, rather than divide, bully and perpetuate the very ills that it is uniquely equipped to help us solve.
Apparitions of the Virgin Mary have inspired pilgrimages – and souvenirs – in Lourdes, France, for more than a century.
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St. Bernadette’s visions of the Virgin Mary in the 19th century inspired the pilgrimage site millions of Catholics flock to each year.
Have the benefits of meditation been overhyped in the West?
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A scholar studying the relationship of Buddhism and medicine explains how the popular media has misrepresented mindfulness.
Musculoskeletal injuries can cause severe pain and lead to greater problems.
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A biomedical engineer explains how human-made materials inserted in the body hold hope to repair painful injuries more efficiently than bone grafts.
Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims at Lalibela, Ethiopia.
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Ethiopia’s main religions need to take an emotional distance from politics and find a neutral space so they can get moral clarity.
At the beginning of the 12-day celebration of life ceremony, Elder Wendy Phillips performs a smudge.
Was participating in ceremony despite pandemic restrictions an act of Indigenous resistance and resurgence and did it reflect reassertion of nationhood and self-determination?
A makeshift memorial for the Indigenous children who died more than a century ago while attending a boarding school, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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For Indigenous Peoples Day, a scholar of Native American studies explains why understanding the tragic history of Indian boarding schools is important for healing to take place.
A man takes a picture of a statue representing the 5,300-year-old mummy named Ötzi, discovered in the Italian Alps 30 years ago.
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When the 5,300-year-old mummy of Ötzi the Iceman was found 30 years ago, researchers found 61 tattoos on it. A scholar explains how tattoos have been a sacred part of many cultures across the world.
The mind is a powerful thing – it can generate both symptoms of illness and symptoms of healing. Here’s what this could tell us about consciousness.
The Jewish High Holy Days commemorate concepts such as renewal, forgiveness, freedom and joy.
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As the Jewish community prepares to celebrate the High Holy Days, a scholar of the Bible explains their history and why they might offer consolation in times of uncertainty.
Residents and church members gather at the main gate of the Synagogue Church of All Nations headquarters in Lagos to mourn the death of pastor TB Joshua.
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Nigeria’s TB Joshua wasn’t just known for his evangelism and controversies. He was also a beloved philanthropist.
Community storytelling can help participants remember, cope with and heal from traumatic experiences.
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The rituals of ancient Greece – especially public performances of tragic plays – have remarkable resonance with the current moment.
A gathering of women survivors at a Solace Ministries meeting, near Kigali, Rwanda, in 2010.
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A scholar of the Rwandan genocide argues that while a genocide and a pandemic are very different, the experiences of Rwanda’s survivors may provide lessons on how to heal from pandemic trauma.
Greek hero Odysseus reunites with his wife, Penelope, upon his return to Ithaca, in an illustration from Homer’s epic.
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A scholar of Greek literature writes why we need to turn to the past to understand the present – and the lessons that Homer’s hero, Odysseus, holds for us.
Sites of pilgrimages are few and far between in the U.S.
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The pandemic has curtailed religious tourism for many. As the US opens up, perhaps Americans can find solace and healing in the age-old tradition of pilgrimage.
Dostoyevsky’s story ‘The Double’ explores the uncanny theme of a replica of oneself, but today’s literary foes are often amorphous ones like environmental degradation.
Beyond the ‘literature of madness,’ the narratives about mental and physical health published today explore the interdependence of bodies and their environments.