Chess Therapy

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Chess Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses chess games between a therapist and client to form a strong connection towards achieving a diagnosis and eventually, healing goal. Chess therapy is used in different psychotherapeutic ways according to the needs of the patient.

Chess Therapy is used to from a better rapport between a therapist and client for the purpose of achieving a better or higher level of functioning. The approach is often used by clients and therapist who are familiar with the rules of playing chess.

The main purpose is to help therapists diagnose the client’s personality and to help the client develop self-awareness and insight regarding his/her disposition as well as teach social experience.

Also, chess therapy is used to help patients clear their mind in order to reorganize their feelings in a more positive and practical manner. Chess therapy is used to help the client to adjust to unpredictable situations.

Historically, chess therapy can be traced to the Persian Polymath Rhazes (AD 852-932), who at the time was the chief physician of the Baghdad hospital. At the time, he used the rules of chess as metaphors in real life to help his patients think better.

In chess therapy, chess games are used to access thoughts, emotions and actions. It allows the therapist to see the aggressive impulses and desires of the client. Chess has been proven to aid skills such as focusing, thinking ahead, visualizing and planning.

In modern day, chess has been used to help children grow confidence by being master of the game. Chess therapy has also been used to teach and help children with disabilities and autism. It helps the children to focus more and help them with self-control.


SOURCE: ResearchGate


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