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  1. For Rio Mental Patients, the Play’s the Thing

    Call it crazy, “yet there is method in it.” Brazilian doctor Vitor Pordeus claims his psychotic, schizophrenic and depressed patients emerge from their shells when playing Shakespearean characters for his “Madness Hotel” collective. The idea seems rooted in Samba culture that offered collective redemption by recalling past trauma, and in more recent advances in psychotherapy, which use painting and sculpting as means of self-expression. On a more controversial level, some believe that heightened creativity may even rewire our psyches.


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