In Cosmopolitan , writer Gina Tomaine explains why, when she was feeling “out of sorts,” she consulted a social worker who did tarot readings.
Tarot cards “have always had deep roots in psychological applications,” Tomaine says.
“Psychoanalyst Carl Jung explained that the cards were an easy way to represent the ‘archetypes of mankind’—or universal traits like strength, ambition, and passion—in psychology, making them ideal tools for therapy and mental health.”
Thomas Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, said recently, “I don’t think we moved the needle in reducing suicide, reducing hospitalizations, improving recovery for the tens of millions of people who have mental illness.”
Research into the brain and mind has yet to produce truly persuasive theories of and treatments for mental illness.
As a recent essay in a British psychiatric journal argues, “it is still not possible to cite a single neuroscience or genetic finding that has been of use to the practicing psychiatrist in managing [mental] illnesses despite attempts to suggest the contrary.”