Fear & Loathing: Inspiration Through Literature
Posted on November 1, 2016
We are almost done with this election! After getting so many great musical suggestions last week, I wanted to send out one more self-care reminder. I love history! As a student of psychology, I’ve always seen a people’s history as the foundation for their collective consciousness – or collective unconsciousness. We can only understand ourselves when we take the context of the past into consideration.
I always rotate historical reading into my book rotation. Recently, I’ve noticed a trend that I’m sure has been a coping mechanism, helping me to handle my anxiety around the current toxic political environment, and what it means for those of us who are trying to advocate for change and further integration of the trauma informed paradigm. Currently, I’m on my fifth book on Arctic exploration this month!
The history of the Arctic is one of both human struggle and astounding leadership, and shows what a group of people can survive and achieve if they work together (and what the consequences can be if they don’t!). Compared to Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, the nightly news seems survivable. When I think about living on a floating piece of ice in the violent Arctic sea for months with little food or hope for rescue, I find myself grounded and reassured that we will survive this and maybe even become stronger.
I’m wondering if anyone else is using literature for survival! If so, please share in the comment section.