The Prompter Room

For Friday, February 10, 2017:


Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness (Alain de Botton)

“The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history.  For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anais Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess.  But the highest achievement of art might be something that reconciles the two: a channel of empathy into our own psychology that lets us both exorcise and better understand our emotions – in other words, a form of therapy …”

Maria Popova,

This is the opening paragraph to Popova’s article ‘Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art’ (2013) on de Botton’s book Art as Therapy.  The article is so replete with gems to ponder, links to investigate, and ‘the seven core psychological functions of art,’ that I highly recommend further exploration.  Click on the link here or go to


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