In this talk, John Green touches on an idea that is close to my heart: Using stories to escape mental illness. I completely understand what he is talking about and I think it is a wonderful technique. It may seem like it is a way to avoid problems you are having, however I viewing life through different characters is a way to get out of your head and gain new perspectives. A new point of view can inform other parts of your life, including difficult challenges you might face–like OCD or anxiety. The magic of storytelling–it is an important tool to living life to the fullest.
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