• 08 Jul
    Manaswini Venkateswaran

    Using humor as a defense mechanism


    Think about any three things that make you laugh. Are they the things that everyone finds funny or are they a little bit messed up?
     Have you ever met someone who cracks certain jokes that just don’t sit right with you, no matter how much they convince you that they don’t really mean it in a bad way?

    We all like someone with a good sense of humor, but how would we define what that is? Well, a study by  psychologist Rod Martin has shown that there are not one, but four different styles of humor that most of us use. More often than not, we fall into one of these categories:

    • Affiliative Humor:
      Affiliative humour is used with the aim of creating positive bonds with others and making everyone feel comfortable. These are jokes that are not offensive at all and are universally funny. Narrations of funny events, puns, jokes about animals and knock-knock jokes all come under affiliative humor.

    • Aggressive Humor:
      This involves “roasts”, insults and jokes cracked at the expense of others. Granted, these can be funny at times (when you’re not the one being made fun of), and there is a certain amount of creativity that goes into coming up with these wisecracks and insults, but can be incredibly damaging if not controlled or taken in the right spirit. Bullies tend to use this type of humour.

    • Self-Enhancing Humor:
      If you’ve ever met someone who manages to laugh at themselves and find the absurdity in every situation while still remaining pleasant and optimistic, this person probably uses this type of humor. Self-enhancing humor is the perfect balance between taking things too seriously and taking them too lightly. People who have this style of humor can cope with stress much better while still remaining grounded and having a practical course of action.

    • Self-Depreciating Humor:
      Although this is also essentially laughing at yourself, it doesn’t come from a place of optimism, which is the main difference between self-deprecating humor and self-enhancing humor. Self-depreciating humor is making fun of yourself in a way that can be extremely harsh and can make those around you feel uneasy if used excessively. People who use this are generally deeply insecure, and do it so that no one else can make fun of them. So just like aggressive humor is used by the bully, self-depreciating humor is used by the bullied.

      Aside from affecting our interactions with others, studies have shown that humor can be used as a “mature” type of defense mechanism, which a lot of people use to deal with stressful situations. You probably remember that one kid from elementary school who started laughing when he fell down when most children would scream, or your friend who couldn’t stop giggling right before a big test while everyone else was frantically revising.

    There are two reasons for people turning to humor when they’re stressed or upset:

    -It helps to diminish, at least temporarily, the tension and negative emotions arising from the stressful or traumatic event.
    -It increases the likelihood that we will make it through.

    Finding things to laugh at makes us believe that things are not as bad as they initially seemed. However, it is considered inappropriate by most people and understandably so, because when you’re overwhelmed with emotions, joy and laughter seem not only far away but also outrageous.

    However, when done right, humor can be incredibly useful in lightening the mood in high-stress situations as well as making others, who are going through hard times, feel better. A balance of humor, as well as optimism, empathy, and rationality, can make us more resilient in times of adversity.

    The saying, ‘fake it till you make it’ might actually be true in this case. Trying to have a good laugh about something and remaining cheerful in turbulent times can make things much easier for you as well as those around you. It’s easy to play the joker and make others happy on good days but not such an easy task when you’re down in the dumps yourself.

    Although most researchers are in the favor of humor and the positive effect it can have on our mood, health and the way we deal with tough times; just like everything else, it has a downside.

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    If you have ever watched the popular sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S, you would probably remember the lovable character, Chandler Bing, one hell of a Smart Alec, who never ran out of quips and deliciously sarcastic one-liners. Every time he walked into a room, he would lighten up our moods instantly. He was (and is) one of the most iconic characters in sitcom history. But what most of us fail to notice is that how unhealthy his patterns and mannerisms really were. He couldn’t be serious even in situations that required it. He had a hard time being vulnerable and opening up about the difficulties he went through during his childhood, and the insecurities that arose from it - the reason he started using aggressive and self-depreciating styles of humor in the first place. 

    A number of things can go wrong if humor is your chosen coping mechanism. Here are a few examples:

    • The style of humor you use may not agree with everyone. For example, if you have an aggressive style of humor, you may end up hurting someone. Too much affiliative humor in a work setting may bring down the level of authority that you have among subordinates.

    • Rather than bringing people closer, there is a possibility that joking around is a way to push people away. When you’re never serious, you’re never vulnerable. You don’t let people see any other side of you except for the fun, playful side. Hence, humor can act as a way to mask who you really are.

    • Along with shutting others out, using humor to cope can sometimes cause you to avoid dealing with the issue and the feelings that arise from it entirely. Yes, it can help relieve negative feelings, but not processing those feelings entirely is basically denial, which is never a sustainable state.

    Humour is an excellent way to deal with the things that life seems to throw at us, and laughter is a good reminder that life isn’t nearly as grave or serious as we perceive it to be in our heads. That being said, like everything else, it needs to be used in moderation. Also, great care must be taken to ensure that what we pass off as light-hearted banter isn’t damaging to us or others around us.

    Responses 1

    • Sanjna Verma
      Sanjna Verma   Aug 25, 2017 05:20 PM

      This is a very good article on humour and what, where and how should one use this very source of lighting our hearts out. And of course well written. I liked the way humour is compared in both positive and negative aspects.

      As it has been said that Laughter is the Best Medicine. It ensures that we are happy and healthy enough to conduct our daily activities with ease. It is also essential for gaining admiration. Because we love those people who have a cheerful and confident personality.

      At the same point of time, humour should be used in the right place so as to enable that we don't offend anyone's sentiments with our joke. It is also important for the other person to not take humour too seriously and have a healthy response for it.

      I never knew that people used humour to hide their real sufferings. It is not a good thing, obviously. It is important to get over the pain in the right way, I reckon. Maybe this causes harm later on in the person's lives.

  • 07 Jul
    Radhika Goel

    10 Absurd advises you should refrain from giving people having a hard time

    Take a minute and think how would you respond to peers, family, and others, who are patients of mental disorders?

    The way society reacts makes an impact on the well-being of the patients of mental disorders.

    Imagine if others would treat physical problems the way they treat psychological problems. Suppose, you have had a fever for several days and are taking medicines, at this point your family tells you, "Are you sure that is necessary? People will call you crazy! Why don't you just get over it?" Or if  you injured yourself and are in great pain and instead of helping you with medicines your friend tells you, " You just need to change your frame of mind." That is how patients of mental health feel when such suggestions are made to them.

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    They are not only absurd but they trivialize their disorder and suffering, making them feel worse about themselves. These kinds of responses also encourage people to keep their disorders in the dark and suffer alone as they cannot expect empathy from their peers and family.

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    When we attach negativity to psychological disorders and feed to the stigma already attached to them we take away an important element of treatment that is social support. This results in a deteriorating condition of those who already feel helpless. At the same time, those of us who do want to help them do not know how to respond.

    How does one react after someone tells them they are suffering from a mental disorder?

    Do we recognize their suffering and help them out or only show empathy and let them find their own way?

    These are some questions that may come across a person's mind. This is not a problem that only common man wonders about. In the book 'An Unquiet Mind', the author, who is a psychiatrist and patient of bipolar disorder ponders over the dilemma of being accepted as normal and not wanting to be treated as normal at the same time. She herself characterizes bipolar disorder as a state of madness of the mind. Yet, she expects her colleagues and others to treat her as normal and not have any reservations about her ability to work. In such a situation she encounters both types of people in her life. Her sister who shames her for taking medicines to stay normal and her brother who supports her every step of the way.

    Thus, on the one hand, people today are insensitive towards patients of mental disorders and on the other hand, do not know what to say even when they want to help them.

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    Do you think you are good at giving advice and people should listen to you more often?

    Take a look at these ten points to see if you are indeed right or are you making people feel worse about themselves.

    Many of us may wonder about how we should treat patients as not to hurt and isolate them but to help them.These are some things one should keep in mind when encountered with such situations:

    1. It's in your head. One should acknowledge that they know they are suffering from a real illness and that's what's causing their feelings instead of saying it's in their head.
    2. Do not say, ‘Everyone goes through this'. Instead, express your concern and show a willingness to understand their illness and show keenness to help them in any way you can.
    3. Do not tell someone who has lost the desire to live that, "You have so much to live for, why do you want to die?" It is more helpful for you to tell them that they matter to you and are important for you.
    4. Do your own research to understand their situation and try to talk to them about their experiences. One should encourage them to think that things will get better and their feelings will not last forever. Telling someone to 'snap out of it' or 'stop worrying needlessly' does not help.
    5. Distraction or getting a hobby is not the key to curing mental problems. Advice like 'Try not thinking about it' makes no sense. If they could do that they would have done that long back.
    6. Tell them that you are there for them and do not question them impatiently about how they have been ‘sick' for too long.
    7. Instead of labeling individuals or telling people who are suffering from anxiety or depression, 'you are doing this for attention'. You should tell them that they do not have to feel sorry for their illness and encourage them to express their feelings to you or their therapist.
    8. Reminding people of how happy they used to be or telling them about how happy they usually seem are also not very helpful comments. Telling them it is going to get better may instill some hope instead. 
    9. Telling them 'medicines are doing this to you' is not helpful. Patients need support and therapy to get better. Even you cannot help please to stop them from helping themselves.
    10. You do not need to tell them what they 'need' to do. Give them the space to figure it out themselves with the help of their therapist. 

    It is highly appreciable that you wish to help but consider doing it the right way. People like to give free opinions and advice beyond their level of expertise. If you are one among them please refrain from doing so because it is not only absurd but also may affect the sufferer adversely. The best thing you can do is to be there when they need you, listen to them, and support them to recover with the help of a professional.


    Responses 1

    • Sanjna Verma
      Sanjna Verma   Aug 10, 2017 10:17 PM

      It is good information about how to help others who are suffering psychologically and a good remark against those who think mental disorder is nothing but a medium to gain attention. The points which you mentioned at the end of the article are helpful for us, as Psychology students or for someone who knows and is Keen to know about how to deal with people facing problems while considering their side of story as well.

      The people need support and the right guidance to overcome the problem and certain advices knowingly or unknowingly can make an individual feel guilty about their problem. But as a mind who hardly knows anything speak much more than a person who has great amount of knowledge. And if this goes on, 'the free advisers' in this society have got a job to do.

      But we as people who have a fairly good amount of understanding for such problems should try and console them that life is going to be okay and ensure professional guidance towards the treatment.

  • 04 Jul
    Shruti Gupta Dehradun

    Hindi Medium- A Language Or A Label?

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    The movie, Hindi Medium, is a classic portrayal of how a language can divide the people into two distinct groups. The first group comprises those who are proficient speakers of the English language while the second comprises those who are Hindi Medium. In India, English is not just a language but a class. This movie shows the struggle of a couple who want their child to belong to this so-called class. The dialogue from the movie, 

     Koi angrezi me usse baat karega to uski rooh kaanp jayegi, fit nahi ho payegi na society mein.
    Translation: If anyone will communicate with her in the English language, she will be scared to death because she won't consider herself to be capable enough to fit in the society.

     efficiently states the plight of the non-English speaking Indians. It states the fear every Indian has that if he is not a promising speaker of the English language, he may not get a good job which in turn will make him seem worthless to the society.


    Raj Batra and Mita Batra, the main characters of the movie, do not want their daughter Piya to face the same humiliation they had to face because of their poor English speaking skills. So, they leave no stone unturned to get Piya’s admission in a reputed institute that will provide her with good knowledge and better speaking skills. They leave their house and move to a posh locality near the best schools so that the process of admissions gets easier but all their efforts go in vain when they fail to clear the interview, which is a prerequisite for admissions. They try different schools but they fail every time.
     The only option that they are left with is to apply through the quota reserved for the poor. Raj uses his money to get Piya’s admission through the same but due to the fear of getting caught, they shift to a locality where the majority of the residents are poor. Their daughter gets the admission in a highly reputed institute but at the cost of Raj’s friend Shyam’s son’s seat, who deserved it more that Piya did.  Raj feels ashamed of what he did to Shyam because he had risked his own life to help Raj to arrange the fees for Piya's admissions. This fills Raj with feelings of remorse and thus, decides to transform the government school in which Shyam's son studied, completely. When Shyam realises this, he wishes to personally thank the person who did so much for his son. When he meets Raj, he is shocked to know that had lied to him about his financial status just to take away the little hope of ray he had for his son.
    In the end, Raj is seen giving an emotional speech about how his own mother tongue became his weakness. He decides to send Piya to the same government school where he had received his education because according to him, it might not train Piya to be an efficient English speaker but it will certainly make her a better human being.


    Non-English speaking Indians are often looked down upon by the English speaking Indians. People today feel that when they communicate well in English, they seem to acquire a position of authority in the society which gives them the right to ridicule anyone they want. Today, English is not just a language but a status symbol. Westernisation has led people into thinking that our own culture and language are not good enough.  Listeners of the Indian classical or Bollywood music are laughed at whereas viewers of English television series are looked up to. If you can portray yourself as someone who can ‘talk in English, walk in English and laugh in English’, then you are a man of letters. The truth, however, is that a person who has true knowledge of English language will never mock those who do not speak the language. For him, the way you communicate would matter and not the language you choose to communicate in. Just like an empty utensil makes the most noise, a person who has little of half knowledge about something, boasts the most about it. Your values define you and not your medium of communication. We have an identity in the world because we are Indians and we must respect everything that makes us including the language Hindi. It is who we are and we must not feel conscious in communicating in our own language, no matter how competent we are in English or in any other foreign language. I agree that English is a global language, and being competent in it will give us an edge, but that does not give us the right to despise others on the basis of the language they speak. 

    In the end, I would like to quote a dialogue from the movie,

     English is not India and India is not English.

    We are more than just the non-English speaking nation. We have our very own identity and we should be proud of who we are.


    Responses 3

    • Sanjna Verma
      Sanjna Verma   Aug 11, 2017 09:13 PM

      Hindi Medium brought a major issue as to whether English is just a language or is it a label towards defining the status of the person in the society. I think that such bias occurs because of the fact that the upper class or the upper middle class have an easy access to educational institutions due to their economic status and then they try to boast about it to others. It should not be the case, obviously.

      People are so much allured towards materialistic things like getting a job and earning money to show off that they are willing to take any step to earn respect in the society. Hindi Medium depicts this well, in terms of language.

      A person will be know for his /her psoitive qualities at the end of the day. It is so unfortunate to see that there is hardly any emohsis on learning of ethics and moral values. These issues are considered of very less importance in schools.

    • Radhika Goel
      Radhika Goel   Jul 16, 2017 02:56 PM

      Hey Shruti, thank you for bringing this forward, this is an important topic for discussion. It has been 60 years since Independence and while it was a need during British raj to be able to communicate in English to get good jobs, today we need to realise the importance of our culture and work towards preserving it. This just does not apply to Hindi but other local languages as well. Schools today teach French, Spanish and German enthusiastically while there is no initiative to teach languages that are being spoken 20 km away from our houses. It is a shame that we cannot even count in our local languages and then look down upon our help that can. We have created a hierarchy that puts English on top and hence look down upon speakers of local languages in third world countries. We should learn to speak English because majority of the world communicates in it and not because it is a better language.

  • 02 Jul
    Sneha Chauhan

    Things you didn't know about lucid dreaming


    Lucid dreaming

    Lucid dreaming is a concept very few of us are aware of. The term ‘lucid dreaming’ was introduced first by Dutch psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in his article ‘A Study of Dreams’ in the year 1913. A person is said to be lucid dreaming when they are in the middle of a normal dream and are aware that they are dreaming. This awareness while dreaming can range from faint recognition to ever broadening perspective. During such situations, the dreamer might be able to control their dreams to some extent. It might seem hard to grasp, but it actually happens and most of us have experienced it without knowing that it was actually possible and very prevalent.

    Celia Green (1968), analyzed the main characteristics of such dreams, reviewing previously published work on the subject and incorporating new data from subjects of her own. She debriefed that “Lucid dreams were a category of experience quite distinct from ordinary dreams”, and also predicted that they would turn out to be linked with rapid eye movement sleep or REM sleep. REM sleep is a state of sleep wherein brain activity resembles waking restfulness accompanied by muscle relaxation and eye movements. Most dreams occur during REM sleep.

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    Let’s begin with the facts less known to most people about lucid dreaming:

    1. It’s a skill you can learn and develop: This awesome mental skill is as attainable as learning a new language. It is an explosion of senses even while you are sleeping. Very few individuals possess the innate tendency to achieve lucidity, while most people experience lucidity as a rare spontaneous event. Any individual can be trained and developed to enjoy lucid dreams at their own will. With specific techniques, you can increase the quantity and quality of your capability to recall dreams, which will in turn greatly increase your ability to have lucid dreams.
    2. Not so rare: One out of five people have lucid dreams in the interval of a month or probably less. So it’s safe to assume that it’s not rare. Most people are unaware of the scientific term for lucidity, especially children, who have spontaneous control over their dreams. When the dreamer realizes the fact that they are dreaming whilst dreaming (mostly when they are having nightmares), they either use this knowledge to wake themselves up, or they transform their dreams into something more pleasant.
      We are unaware of how many people around us have had the experience of lucid dreaming – you just have to ask about it and the mystery will unfold.
    3. Lucid dreaming as a part of therapy: Allan Hobson in his work “The neurobiology of consciousness: Lucid dreaming wakes up” provides us with a useful review on the therapeutic uses of lucid dreaming and argued that lucid dreaming may have potential as a therapeutic tool against recurrent nightmares. Studies have shown that by inducing a lucid dream recurrent nightmares can be heightened. It is unclear whether this alleviation is due to the transparency of the dream state or the ability to alter the dream itself.
      In a study, 'Lucid dreaming treatment for nightmares: a pilot study', psychologists Spoormaker and Van den Bout investigated lucid dreaming treatment for nightmares. They tested twenty three subjects by having two-hour individual session. Those sessions mainly consisted of lucid dreaming exposure, mastery, exercises and practicing. The result of the study revealed that the nightmare frequency had decreased and the sleep quality had no significant changes.
    4. Linked to the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine: REM sleep is often said to be triggered from the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Dr. Allan Hobson stated that “Cholinergic brainstem mechanisms cause REM sleep and dreaming.
      By taking the supplement of acetylcholine, one can experience profoundly vivid and imaginative dreams which have a better chance of turning into lucidity.
    5. Flying and sexual encounters are most common: The most common activities during lucid dreaming are flying and making love. Lucid dreamers can do possibly anything in their dreams, but the most recorded activities during their dreams are flying and sensual acts. Exposure of mind to sex during sleep might also cause someone to have an orgasm in the dream as well as the real life. Lucid dream sex is obviously very arousing and if you don’t wake up before the final act, there are chances of you having real life orgasms.
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    6. Have been in practice since history: Ancient Egypt had temples of sleep (also known as dream temples), where ancient Egyptians practiced hypnotism, lucid dreaming, and perhaps astral travels. The “Dreamlords” of such Dream temples used to help those who wanted to seek enlightenment and to heal someone whilst in ‘sleep’ or what we call a trance state. They believed that the sleep state connected them to the gods, and a vision of how to solve their problems would be provided to them during the dream by their gods. These believers may or may not have had a direct connection to their gods, but they learned to establish a rapport with their unconscious mind.
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    7. There are real world benefits of lucid dreaming: While lucid dreaming one can learn to safely overcome fears and phobias without actually exposing themselves. What bad could possibly happen in a dream? Not only is the person completely safe, but you can control the situations to be more mild and comfortable.
      Dream lucidity also brings awareness and a fresher perception towards life because of the momentous broadening of perspective. The positivity that is induced by lucid dreaming is known to change us physically, on a cellular level.
    8. You can experiment with your fantasies: The best part about lucid dreaming is that you can do anything you want. The sense of enlightenment lets you explore the very fantasies you have. You can fly, jump from a tower, have reunions with your loved ones, anything that one can imagine is possible in lucid dreams.
    9. Deeper knowledge of self: Our subconscious mind plays a major role in lucid dreaming. The dreams basically occur from the changes in consciousness during sleep. These changes allow an individual to explore more from the universe inside him which can be very enlightening as well as life changing. There are things we are unaware of that lie deeper in our own minds, which start to unfold while we dream. The things you have bolted away inside, new possibilities, undiscovered abilities, everything hidden inside you is immediately accessed when one knows how to use it accurately.

    Responses 1

    • Sanjna Verma
      Sanjna Verma   Aug 19, 2017 02:47 PM
      This is so interesting to know about. I mean, we can control our dreams like a remote control. After having read this piece it made me realize why Freud emphasised too much on dreams and these being the royal road to consciousness. Even I think I have undergone through this! I was dreaming and at one particular moment I realised that I cannot live this 'dream' anymore so I woke up. As I read this article and also through my own experience, it makes me realise that dreams are something which reflect our current situation or mostly some unfulfilled desire or a hidden fear which comes out in the form of dreams. These are most of the times ambiguous but now I got to know that these can be structured as we control them. Even I would want to learn this art of 'lucid dreaming.'
  • 01 Jul
    Sameeksha Pavaskar

    Paw Therapy: Animal Assisted Therapy


    A Dog Is The Only Being Who Loves You More Than Himself  

    When we are walking around the street, we tend to see cute little dogs and cats (obviously they are too independent).Even when there are some of us who are not animal lovers, as soon as you look at them you can't stop yourself from saying,"Awww". If you are with a kid and they spot a dog then you better forget all your work. As the dog comes to know that he is getting the attention he will sit with the attitude that 'I Am The Boss' and 'come, pat me' (this will happen most of the time). When just spotting one dog can turn our bad day into a good one, can dogs become a part of the therapy? Does this therapy have satisfactory results? Let's find out.


    What is Animal Assisted Therapy(AAT)?

      It is a therapeutic interaction between the trained pet (therapy animal)client and the therapist.The animal as well as the therapists are both trained.The therapy animal always works in partnership with the therapist, in some circumstances a dog handler can be present. The therapy helps in building up compassion, trust and a non judgemental attitude with the help of the animal.There are other programs which can be carried out with the client and the animal in a similar setting, it is called the Animal Assisted Activity (the main goal is relaxation or help the client relax  with the help of the dog), Animal Assisted Reading Program(generally carried out at crosswords or the kids basically read a book to the dog and yes, the dog sits, listens to you and he can understand everything).

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     How does it really work?

      In many of the disorders especially in disorders like ADHD, autism etc. it is a big challenge to make the kids sit down for a therapy session.The dog becomes the center of attraction,the child may not sit next to the dog right in the first session but as the curiosity of the child increases, he will start to come near the dog try to touch and examine his tail or his ears etc.


    Factors which form the basis of the therapy are:-


    • Non-judgemental attitude- This is one major advantage which helps the client come back to the therapy and work on his problem areas. A dog will never judge your flaws rather he will accept you and love you unconditionally.
    • Reinforcement- The therapy agent also acts as a reinforcement.When the child with ADHD might come and sit with the dog, it might wag his tail. This acts like a reinforcer and their will be higher chances that the chid will sit for a longer duration in the next session.
    • Physical Contact and Touch- For some people,touch from another person may not be acceptable but the furry, warm touch of a dog or a cat can be more comforting.
    • Rapport- In this therapy, the rapport building takes place way faster as animals serve as the channel for the communication between the client and the therapists
    • Lesser Reluctance- The chances that the client might be reluctant to come for the next session is very rare as they will always have a desire to meet the dog and work with him.


    Works best with:-



    • Children having problems like Mental Retardation.
    • It tends to work the best for children with cerebral palsy.These kids may experience a lot of main when they are told to do exercises for the muscle moments but when they have to touch a dog they can actually stretch a little more irrespective of the pain just to pat the dog so that the dog can wag its tail.
    • The therapy is also useful in case of PTSD patients as well those who have experienced a traumatic event. 
    • It can be used for senior citizens as well who need companionship and for the ones who are suffering from depression, Alzheimer's disease.
    • It also helps in case of cancer patients.


    Which Animals Can Be Used? 

    All types of animals can be used right from dogs to fishes. It's the temperament which matters the most. Horses are also used when animal assisted therapy is used with occupational therapy. All the animals need to receive a proper training before they enter into the real life setting.

    Current Scenario In India:-

    The project of AAT was first conducted in Thane, it was conducted in the year 2003.It was the first structured documented study in this field in India.There are many schools for special needs children which have this therapy as a part of their curriculum.There is a project called as  the airport project wherein the therapy dogs are taken to the airport to keep the passengers engaged till the boarding starts. Currently, Animal Angels Foundation in India looks after the work related to this field in India. It provides training for the animals as well as the therapists.

     All the dog lovers or cat lovers or animal lovers in general,you have one major reason to convince your parents to get a pet. If you are a person who already has a dog or cat,you can make most of his life and give your dog the chance to be the angel of mankind.


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    • Sanjna Verma
      Sanjna Verma   Sep 01, 2017 03:57 PM

      This is an interesting topic. I never knew that animals can be used for psychological treatment. I am not much of a dog lover, though but I see that innocence in the eyes of these animals. As I look at it, I feel bad how people metaphorically use the term of 'behaving like animals.'

      A good piece of information and very well written. Yeah, you are right in saying that this piece gives the reason to have a pet in the house. Also it serves as a purpose for people who are afraid of a dog or cat even approaching them! Instead of shooting them away.

      I believe such therapies should be brought more in use.

    • Shruti Gupta Dehradun
      Shruti Gupta Dehradun   Jul 26, 2017 12:23 AM

      Well said Sameeksha!

      Dogs are truly the angel of mankind. I lost my angel last year so I exactly know what role they play in our lives. Seeing their wagging tails every morning you get up and every night you sleep is the most satisfactory thing in the world. Their innocence is the best way to see the good the world has.  

      Dogs love us more than they love themselves and listen to us as if they understand every bit we tell them. Paw therapy as you call it is probably the best one can get. After all, all you need is someone who listens to you patiently and loves you unconditionally. You just need to show some love towards them. 

      This isn't just restricted to dogs or cats. Any Animal who gets love gives love in return. Animals accept you the way you are and that is what works as therapy for people who are looking for acceptance. There are many organizations which provide this kind of therapy as mentioned in the article.

      I hope this article gets success in making people more vigilant about this therapy. Best wishes.

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