The Psychology of Adult Coloring: How Coloring Creates Health and Healing

The Psychology of Adult Coloring: How Coloring Creates Health and Healing

by Blake LeVine

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Overview

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”. Pablo Picasso

Coloring has become an active and pleasurable interest for millions of adults. It's a phenomenon that captivates more people every day, but why? What is the psychological reason so many of us find peace, enjoyment, and hope when coloring? How does the simple act of putting pencil crayon to paper affect our brains, our bodies, and our emotional health?

The Psychology of Adult Coloring explores the history of coloring and the vast array of options now available. It looks at how art has been used as an outlet to express what some can't or won't say, and how art therapy has been a valuable tool helping those with depression, addictions, facing the loss of loved ones, cancer and many other issues.

You'll even learn tips on how to create your own coloring group. They're the perfect way to slow down, let go of fears, find hope and break down emotional walls.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510717633
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Blake LeVine holds a masters degree in social work and works as a consultant for global corporations and organizations around the world on how to improve mental health. He founded BipolarOnline.com where he educates families and individuals facing mental illness. LeVine also developed Rap Therapy to teach inner city youth to write hip hop song, dance and art about their lives.

Table of Contents

Introduction v

Chapter 1 The History of Coloring 1

Chapter 2 Why Is Art Therapy? 6

Chapter 3 Right Brain Coloring 12

Chapter 4 Mandalas Reducing Anxiety 18

Chapter 5 Relaxing for Improved Health 23

Chapter 6 Depression and Coloring 32

Chapter 7 Brain Health and Our Choices 39

Chapter 8 Releasing Problems 45

Chapter 9 Disconnecting from Technology 51

Chapter 10 A Deeper Look at Feelings 60

Chapter 11 A Substitute for Addictions 66

Chapter 12 The Meaning of Colors 71

Chapter 13 Finding Light in Creativity 79

Chapter 14 The Artist Struggles 85

Chapter 15 Creating a Coloring Group 91

Chapter 16 Mixing Meditation and Coloring 101

Chapter 17 Healthy Escapes 107

Chapter 18 Parenting, Coloring, and Kids 113

Chapter 19 Liberation of Your Life 121

Chapter 20 Letting Go 127

Chapter 21 Creating an Adult Coloring Teaching Lesson 132

Chapter 22 A Coloring Experiment 139

Chapter 23 The Starving Artist 145

Chapter 24 Art is a Part of Us 151

Chapter 25 Learning to Change May Be Strange 157

Chapter 26 A New Path Forward 167

Chapter 27 Art Quotes 172

Chapter 28 More Questions than Answers 186

Chapter 29 Real Progress Takes Time 191

Chapter 30 Coloring and Hope 195

About the Author 200

Resources 203

Acknowledgments 204

Disclaimer 205

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