Anti-stress, stimulating cognitive functions up to 30%, memory and attention. They also develop empathy! Well-being and mental health
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In times of hardship, a book or a story that touches us helps us to step back from the situation, to bounce back, to build future resilience
Fictions and their emotions are ways to learn, to cultivate ourselves, to inform ourselves differently.
To create communities and social ties
To invent new possibilities
To create conversations, triggering action and commitment on major social issues
To accompany life and/or professional journeys via "bibliotherapy".
6 emotions to find and share books, the only emotional search engine of its kind in the world. It is a technical principle as well as a philosophical conviction: it is human beings who index books emotionally. We are committed to the diversity of the online catalog.
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The platform also offers never-before-seen criteria for finding the ideal book: reading time, where and when to read, reading season, perceived difficulty of reading, average reading time, etc.
Libraries in which books are presented according to the emotions they arouse. Their primary vocation is to transform the library from an intimidating and museum-like space into a fun and bonding experience.
Multiple objectives for places: to take care of its public, to create a link, to bring serenity, to give a cultural dimension to a place, to stimulate reading, to make it warmer.
Where can they be installed? In libraries/media libraries as a complement to the existing ones, in historical places that receive the public, in coworking spaces/incubators, in hotels and reception areas, in health care facilities (medical or paramedical) or social centers, in ephemeral places in the city, inside physical activity centers, inside cultural centers, outside building halls, village or city squares, at home! Etc...
Originally, "biblio-therapy" is the use of books to heal. In 1905, Proust, in Sur la Lecture, advocated the virtues of reading to regain a taste for willpower. During the First World War, the Alabama Military Hospital used books to relieve post-traumatic stress in soldiers returning from combat, thanks to the commitment of bookseller Sadie Delaney Peterson.
Used in some hospitals (Bichat, Cypress, USA, UK), it is also an approach for the general public and for so-called vulnerable people (isolated people, people undergoing social reconstruction, elderly people, people who have undergone a trauma during the COVID, etc.).
Bibliotherapy is a boost to well-being, a source of inspiration, a resource for moving forward.
It is a tool for mental health care and social innovation. Love for Livres offers bibliotherapy programs for citizens, the general public (including health care professionals and caregivers) and employees. See "Our Services" for more details.
We would like to remind that bibliotherapy can in no way replace a medical consultation or a medication treatment.
We have created and registered a methodology to measure the emotional intensity felt by readers after 3 years of empirical research.
This research has led to the creation of a specific indicator: the KEI® - Key Emotion Indicator, which is the counterpart of the KPI (Key performance indicator) and which seems essential to us in a period in which empathy is a key resource for our humanities.
We are continuously training, experimenting and evaluating our methods, based on neurocognitive approaches and the social role of emotions.
We wish to continue our research and are open to proposals for action research partnerships.