Emotional development through art in the treatment of psychiatric patients is analyzed in two new works

The authors – psychiatrist and scientist Isac Karniol and psychologist and psychoanalyst Patrícia Karniol – find in art a new language to reach the deepest feelings and emotions of patients. One of the works features drawings produced by the artist Egas Francisco, one of the greatest Brazilian painters, during two years of therapy sessions.

An unprecedented work by psychiatrist and scientist Isac Karniol and psychologist and psychoanalyst Patrícia Karniol seeks to humanize psychiatric therapies by focusing not only on scientific reason, but taking into account “subjectivity” – the feelings and emotions of patients. To reach this new level, scholars use art as a language that enables the expression of the inner world.

One of these experiences was carried out with the renowned plastic artist Egas Francisco, one of the greatest Brazilian painters, during therapy sessions, described in detail in the book The Primordial in Modern Man, by Zagodoni Editorawhich will be launched on June 30, at Zagodoni’s Cultural Space, Café com Leitura, (Rua Oscar Freire, 2284, Pinheiros).

The book shows how specialists helped the artist to develop, in deep depression, in the search for the primordial, “the basic energy of life”. “He experienced an existential emptiness and rarely expressed himself in words during therapy, but in multicolored sketches and drawings. With that, he was able to rebuild his emotional world”, analyzes Isac Karniol, head professor at the Department of Medical Psychology and Psychiatry at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp).

“Art brings through other forms of language the emotions and feelings necessary for the human being to continue developing. Only developed reason is not enough to reach new evolutions”.

Patricia Karniol.

The work brings unpublished documents of the approximately 500 drawings produced by Egas during the two years of therapy sessions. All were born out of the relationship between patient and therapist. “The productions made during the sessions are full of spontaneity and are different from the works produced in the studios, where the presence of reason is more striking.”

Bullying and its targets

Another example of this type of approach is contained in another work by the expert duo, together with the pedagogue Robinéia da Costa Seraphim, which will also be launched on June 30, at the Zagodoni Cultural Space: Bullying, Who are the Targets?, by Editora CRV. The book tells the story of a public school teenager who was systematically bullied at school and had difficulties in relationships with teachers and peers. Through the interpretation of her drawings, teacher Rubinéia realized that she could establish closer communication with the student. Her drawings, which can be seen in the work, expressed her particular anxieties and often even death.

“With his suffering, he even planned to buy a weapon to take revenge on those who mistreated him”, emphasizes Patrícia Karniol, a specialist in psychoanalysis at the University of São Paulo (USP). The benefit obtained during treatment was evident. “He went back to school and emotionally reconstituted himself, even managing to direct his professional life”, concludes the psychoanalyst.

The story of the teenager Seven (fictitious name), who had his life renewed by the action of the teacher and the specialists, will also be told in a documentary: Art, Science and a Divanwhich will be released soon.

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Book launch:

The Primordial in Modern Manby Isac G Karniol and Patrícia SL Karniol, with sketches by Egas Francisco.

Bullying, Who are the Targets?, by Robinéia da Costa Seraphim, Patrícia SL Karniol and Isac G. Karniol

Place: Zagadoni Cultural Space – Café with Reading (Rua Oscar Freire, 2284, Pinheiros. São Paulo, SP).

When: June 30

Time: from 7 pm to 10 pm

Where to buy:

The Primordial in Modern Man‘: at the event or on the Amazon website or on the Zagodoni publisher’s website.

‘Bullying, who are the targets?’: At the event or on the website of Editora CRV, the Travessa bookstore or CTRA Books.

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