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How Geek Culture is saving the world. Can geeky, nerdy, and techy things help heal the world? Absolutely. | For the Geek Therapy Podcast and more, visit http://www.geektherapy.com.
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Geek Therapy: Connecting with clients through comics, video games and other ‘geeky’ pursuits

Geek Therapy: Connecting with clients through comics, video games and other ‘geeky’ pursuits | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

With geek therapy, “You’re dealing with people’s passions,” says Kuniak, .... “It helps us to create a common language, to facilitate conversation. It makes us more human to people. … The biggest benefit is that it makes us more accessible.”

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17 Things The Princess Bride Taught Me About Autism Parenting

17 Things The Princess Bride Taught Me About Autism Parenting | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
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Check out this list demonstrating once again that you can find great insight from your favorite movies.

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Ni No Kuni and Coping With Depression

Ni No Kuni and Coping With Depression | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

"I love it when video games can manage to connect at an unexpectedly emotional level, and in Ni No Kuni’s case, I certainly wasn’t expecting it to resonate with me this much prior to starting. Indeed, many reviews hint that it hits all the right emotional high-notes through excellent writing, pacing and character growth, yet it’s the game’s indirect commentary on coping with depression that managed to strike a particular chord. These are just a handful of early examples too; the mending of broken hearts remains a constant theme throughout.

 

At the centre of it all is the bond that I felt with Ollie in particular, a young man that I had initially thought I’d dislike, but instead grew to look up to and admire. We shared something in common, he and I, and although my own depression wasn’t related to a loss, I fully understood him in his strongest and weakest moments. I found common ground in the ways in which we both chose to cope with our own sadness, our acceptance, and our recovery.

 

It hits me now that, despite dealing with the morose subjects of loss and depression, Level 5 and Studio Ghibli have avoided the tired genre tropes of the internally angry, disengaged loner and created a protagonist that deals with his anguish in far more human and relatable ways. Because of this, Ni Ni Kuni might well be one of the most important and relevant JRPGs in more than a decade."

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The writer of this articles discusses how he connected the experiences of the game's main character with his own experiences with depression. 

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