Why Stories Are Good For Us

Whether you’re working with a Jungian analyst, or simply reading a novel or watching a movie, stories have a therapeutic effect. But why? Here are two thoughts:

  • In real life we often hit an impasse, that can last for quite some time (think of the slow transit of outer planets – “how long til Saturn leaves my Venus alone?” etc.) In a novel the protagonists may go through an impasse, but the resolution follows fairly quickly (for the readers at least), and we get to experience the vicarious satisfaction of moving through an impasse.
  • Many aspects of our personality – the good or evil, strong or weak, honorable or shameful parts of us – take on the form of a character, and they each get expressed or “acted out” in the story and meet their own resolution (i.e. ending.)

Hence we can see a story is therapeutic in at least two ways*:
1) resolution of psychic tension through the storyline (tension and release.)
2) expression of all (including the repressed) parts of our psyche, which leads to synthesis

So next time you sit down to read a fiction, comic book or watch a movie, don’t feel guilty – you might be engaging in a very productive activity for your psyche (just tell your family “I’m resolving my psychic tension!”)

*We could posit that learning astrology in itself is therapeutic, since learning all the planetary symbolism leads to recognition of many parts of our psyche (point #2 above), and learning about the potential for resolving the aspect tension can lead to actual resolution of psychic tension (point #1).

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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  1. Dunyazade says:

    “and learning about the potential for resolving the aspect tension can lead to actual resolution of psychic tension”

    This question is not really related with your article (again, lol. Sorry!). I have Saturn square pluto and I think you talked about this aspect saying that doing a laborious job would help manisfest better its energy (or more positively). I think, I’m not sure.

    I wonder: would another way of channeling it be trough exercise? Specifically, lifting weights, bodybuilding? Building, growing muscle in a labourious, persistente way, a long-time effort?
    What recomendation would you give, in terms of exercise, to someone with this aspect?
    (In a way that resolves, like you said, “psychic tension”.)
    (I have saturn in cancer in the 8th and pluto in libra in the 11th.)

  2. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hi dunyazade,

    You’re right, I think…I’ve seen clients with Pluto-Saturn transit start a really hard exercise program (martial arts, even). As an extreme example we know Arnold Schwarzenegger has the aspect. Of course, “hard, hard work” suggested by Pluto-Saturn can manifest in other domains as well (working hard in business, etc.)

    So long as the thing empowers you to work extremely hard, it’s probably channeling this aspect’s energy.

    Best wishes,

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