Ten Psychological Conditions Named After Literary Characters

It is said art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. Some books achieve that with ease, their characters haunting our thoughts long after we’ve finished reading a book. Apparently, those characters are so endearing that psychologists have decided to name actual psychological disorders after them. They could have named them after themselves, as they tend to do in other fields.

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Are Autobiographies Literature?

Contemporary literature puts a lot of emphasis on the “inspired by true events.” The fictional, which by definition means invented, imagined into existence, sustained by the magic of the arts, no longer interests the modern day reader. Literature must have, at its foundations, a bit of the real world, an element from an author’s biography, as if better understanding reality can only be done when reading about “true events.”

But what is true? What is real? What happened? What didn’t? Continue reading Are Autobiographies Literature?

Feeling Depressed? Read.

More than 350 million people around the world suffer from depression. Less than half of them ever receive treatment. Antidepressants have become the most prescribed type of medicine in the United States. In the United Kingdom, one in six adults has been under anti depressive medication at least once.

But is it that difficult to conceive that maybe the problems of the mind can be interpreted as crisis of the soul? Maybe music, pets, dancing, or creating art are better than medication when dealing with depression. Maybe therapists should advise people on buying a dog or take a dancing class.  Continue reading Feeling Depressed? Read.