Chi Hao Wei Photography Exhibition: Communication with The Psychiatrist Written by: Dr. Li Min-Shan
Since we came into this world, our bodies and minds have been on a journey of discovery. We explore ourselves, our families, our society, and our lives. But sometimes, while we were busy with our lives, we left our minds less explored, and our thoughts are less insightful. Thus, we tend to sink into mediocrity, and even our senses to explore the world have become dull.

PhotoYung Sung

TextDr. Li Min Shan

The so-called six senses are like:
Our eyes see the scenery along the way to work; our ears hear the sound of various sounds in life such as walking, talking, and radio music; our nose smells various familiar smells such as the smell of breakfast, the smell of coffee in the office; the sweetness, saltiness, or spicy taste of the food we taste every day; and our sense of touch, the feeling of different materials, the clothes touching our skin; the softness of our pillow when we sleep.

The most important of that sixth sense, the mind, is the integration of the previous five senses. With this sense, we can feel the world, the wonders of life, and the experience of the friendship between people, whether it is family, friendship, or love, and understand the value of our existence and the meaning of life.

We can feel the world, the wonders of life, and the experience of the friendship between people, whether it is family, friendship, or love, and understand the value of our existence and the meaning of life.
However, we may take these six senses for granted, for our lives are too busy to make a stop and experience them properly.

This is why we often ignore the signals of the senses and feel our life is boring and deprived. Thus, we may wonder, what is the purpose of living like this every day? Is it to make ourselves richer? Is it to make ourselves healthier and live longer? But in fact, everyone's goal is the same. What being important is the journey you experience.

When I opened Mr. Chi Hao Wei's photography book and followed his view of the universe from the perspective of a guest, I could feel and imagine the warmth, humidity, and smell of seawater, the voice of children running around, and the photographer watching his beloved wife and wonderful children interacting with the land under the beautiful scenery.

That feeling of spiritual satisfaction is something you couldn’t ask for more in life.

In fact, it is part of color psychology. Color has a psychological impact on people and affects their emotions, and these effects occur unconsciously at different levels, some are direct stimuli, some by association, and some involve concepts and beliefs.

The innate color stimulation from nature allows people to feel the most primitive sensory experience.

Green is the color of grasslands and forests in nature, which brings people free, fresh, and comfortable feelings, casts out the fatigue and brings a sense of security and peace.

Experiments also proved that seeing green will slow down breathing and even lower blood pressure. While blue of the sky, the sea, and the river, is the color of spirituality and knowledge.

In the color psychology test, almost no one is averse to blue. It has a calming and relaxing effect on the mood and is also a color suitable for contemplation. When I travel, I can often experience such a large scale of the color blue, which is also why I like to keep reading Chi Hao's photography books. I feel relaxed after each reading.

About Art therapy :

One of the therapeutic modalities in our psychosomatic practice is called art therapy, which conveys the idea that complete artistic expression can purify and heal emotions.

In the process of art creations, especially images, which have multi-level symbolic meanings, the creator can convey their profound emotional experience, which can also lead to transformation or change.

For example, when I am in a negative emotional state, I will arrange a self-guided trip and record photos of things I find beautiful during the trip. The angle and color scheme taken in the same scene will be different for me and my travel companion.

Through the process of image creation, I would look at my photos and think about how I express what I find beautiful in my heart to examine my current state, become aware and reflective in order to organize the space of my mind. In this way, by the end of the trip, I can no longer find the emotional depression I felt when the trip started.
Deep and refined travel allows people to have time and space to organize themselves. If the travel pace is too fast and making you neglective of the scenery, how could it be different from the mundane life?

For people who are busy with business with no time to enjoy and spend the money properly, it’s advisable to choose more refined travel arrangements, with a slow pace of life to make good use of the six senses experience. Using the money that you earned to achieve the increased quality of travel, in fact, is also a way to relieve stress.

Dr. Li Min-Shan Bio:
Director of JUST! Mental Health Clinic
Former attending physician of Department of Psychiatry in Taipei City Hospital
Former physician of Santé à Vous Clinic
Member of Taiwanese Society of Biological Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology
Member of Taiwan Dementia Society
Fellow physician of Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology in National Taiwan University Hospital

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