Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • Need to beat the blues? Banging drums can help fight depression

        Weekly sessions on a drumkit reduced feelings of depression by 38 per cent, researchers found. As well as beating the blues, symptoms of anxiety fell 20 per cent while general mental wellbeing improved by 16 per cent. The Royal College of Music study saw 76 mental health service users take part in weekly…

  • Alfredo’s Story – Mental Health Commission of New South Wales

    Growing up, Alfredo felt he never had a sense of security or belonging. His father, an orchestra conductor, travelled across Europe with his mother so Alfredo was often left at home with relatives. When Alfredo’s family moved from Italy to Australia in 1974, he spoke no English, his father’s alcoholism got worse and he began…

  • Anthony Minghella

        Anthony Minghella I have never met Anthony Minghella but I have written a paper and done some research on his life, given that I am interested in humanitarian gifted people. In addition my father Luciano Zotti knew him well because he was an orchestra conductor and was  involved in some work with Anthony.…

  • Humanitarian Gifted People

        Humanitarian Gifted People Alfredo Zotti This paper is dedicated to the famous writer and film director, Anthony Minghella, who was a humanitarian gifted person. I will briefly look at some of his work and his life in an attempt to define a humanitarian gifted person. Essentially, a humanitarian gifted person is one who…

  • About Alfredo Zotti

      Growing up, Alfredo felt he never had a sense of security or belonging. His father, an orchestra conductor, traveled across Europe with his mother so Alfredo was often left at home with relatives. When Alfredo’s family moved from Italy to Australia in 1974, he spoke no English, his father’s alcoholism got worse and he…

  • Method Acting and Coping Mechanisms

        Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro are two of my favorite method actors because they get totally lost in the character that they play to a point where the character comes to life and is fully believable. I am not implying here that actors suffer with a mental disorder. Some may do and…

  • Art Therapy and the Creative Process Book

      I would like to continue the discussion on Art Therapy and the creative process. There is always something interesting to learn so any comments or feedback is welcome. A while ago we completed a book on Art Therapy which was published by LHPress. International voices from across the globe come together in Art Therapy…

  • The relevance of Method Acting and Sensory Memory for better mental health

    Method Acting, Sense Memory and Relaxation as key elements in the control of mood disorders and substance abuse. Alfredo Zotti (2016)  Early next year, around April or May, my new book titled Got Bipolar? An Insider’s Guide to Living Life Effectively will be published and distributed by Loving Healing Press of Victor Volkman. I feel…

  • The Actor

    This is my new painting which is also the cover of my next book that will be titled ‘The Acting Profession and Mental Health.’  

  • The Psychology of Acting (continued)

    Psychologists know very little about the cognitive underpinning of acting, a sharp contrast from what we know about the psychological skills involved in music and in visual art. Performing arts are different because they have to do with the whole complexity of the human experience. I am currently writing a book that proposes that training…

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