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Reading fiction, reading minds: Implications for psychological therapies

Reading fiction, reading minds: Implications for psychological therapies
600 University Ave, Mount Sinai Hospital, Auditorium 18th fl
Time: Dec 16th, 10:30 am End: Dec 16th, 12:00 pm
Interest Categories: Psychology, Psychoanalytic, Psychiatry, Medicine, Faculty of , English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Keith Oatley

 Please mark your calendars for an upcoming presentation/grand rounds with Dr. Keith Oatley:

 ³Reading fiction, reading minds: Implications for psychological therapies.²

Dr. Keith Oatley

Friday December 16th, 1030-noon

Mt. Sinai Hospital, Auditorium-18th Floora

 Keith Oatley is a cognitive psychologist who has conducted work on emotions. (He’s been the lead author of the standard textbook on the subject, Understanding Emotions.) He is also a novelist, who won an international prize for The Case of Emily V. He has trained in psychotherapy with R.D. Laing, carried out clinical trials on cognitive behavioural therapy for agoraphobia, and worked on the psychiatric epidemiology of depression. His current research (with Raymond Mar and Maja Djikic) has shown how reading fiction enables greater empathy and understanding of others, and how literary reading can prompt transformation of the self.

 Learning objectives or, rather, questions to think about:

 1. Benefits of reading or watching fiction for (a) psychiatrists and psychotherapists and (b) patients and clients.

 2. The importance, in therapy and life, of understanding of people and their emotions from the inside rather than just from the outside.

 3. The issue of indirect communication (rather than instruction or persuasion), and how it can be a critical component in psychiatry.


This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required.




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