Art therapy can be used as a creative way to express and heal inner struggle. Creative art therapies hold a wealth of inspired options for a person experiencing trauma. Poetry, writing, drawing, painting, sculpture music or dramatic play can release understanding and promote healing for an inner struggle that is often disconnected from our cognitive functions.
Philosopher Alain de Botton has written about art’s ability to mediate our psychological shortcomings and assuage our anxieties about imperfection. His basic proposition is that, far more than mere aesthetic indulgence, art is a tool — a tool that serves a rather complex yet straightforwardly important purpose in our existence:
“Like other tools, art has the power to extend our capacities beyond those that nature has originally endowed us with. Art compensates us for certain inborn weaknesses, in this case of the mind rather than the body, weaknesses that we can refer to as psychological frailties.”
De Botton identifies seven core psychological functions of art: