Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Book Review: Chocolate Therapy

The first week in October is "National Mental Health Illness Week" and while that might not seem to have much to do with Chocolate, let's be blunt, Sisters and Brothers, a lot of us turn to food, especially chocolate, alcohol or other drugs, to help us with emotional or mental health issues.  I did this with Chocolate in my own life and I still struggle not to do it myself.  That's one of the reasons I started The Chocolate Cult.

But instead of bringing us all down, I want to look at a book I received two birthdays back called Chocolate Therapy: Dare to Discover Your Inner Center!

This is a pop therapy idea that the type of chocolate you like or love is a reflection of your inner mind or personality.  Murray Langham uses four categories listed in three layers to pop analysis your psyche.  The first layer is based on the shape and the type of chocolate you like. This primarily works for chocolates you buy by the piece from smaller shops.

The second layer is about what you add to your chocolate, what he calls the "centers" and he lists 25 of these.  Let's be blunt, sometimes we don't like anything but plain doesn't seem to have an entry.

The third layer looks at behavior or what you do with the wrappers or cups such chocolate is often offered in.

So this isn't serious, not really, no book can provide us with serious mental health help only ongoing hard personal work, family and friend support, and a trained professional can help, but it is fun so check it out.

2 comments:

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

That sounds like it would be a great party book though - one of those fun conversation starters.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Jen, I think that would be the best way to use the book. Get a bunch of chocolate and have folks grab a piece or two then start sharing what it all means and laugh.