Diagnostic and Therapeutic Elements in Light-Darkness-Color

Research on Different Types of Depression

Chantal Bernard and Janny Mager


The goal of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Elements in Light-Darkness-Color is to show how Liane Collot d’Herbois’s understanding of the therapeutic uses of painting can provide the basis for precise, complete and reliable diagnosis of a patient’s condition with regard to different symptoms of depression.

Using this diagnosis, it is possible to create a therapeutic plan in collaboration with a doctor that is specific to an individual’s particular needs.

Part 1 uses Collot d’Herbois’ lecture by the same title to develop a basis of understanding of the human constitution in relation to its spiritual, soul, etheric and physical parts. The authors present a conception of pathology from two essential notions: the formation of foreign bodies and the tendency to an illness similar to congenital consumption. They also offer some general elements as to how to conduct a therapy.

Part 2 shows how these elements correspond directly to the conceptions of the human being in health or illness according to the Collot d’Herbois’ approach.

Part 3 demonstrates through analysis of free pictures by the patients in charcoal and in color how we can begin to establish a diagnosis in relation to the two pathological tendencies describes. The the elements of diagnosis and therapy are assembled for the different types of depression related to the cardinal organs.

  1. Please let me know the way of working with an autist.

    Yours truly

    Joanna de Gier


    1. In looking through the book, I don’t find autism addressed directly. The authors’ focus seems to be mainly on healing physical/soul conditions (e.g., depression brought one by weakness of liver/lung function). There is a lot there that I think might be useful in helping some autistic people, but you’d have to work at it yourself for some time to see how to apply what the authors have developed. The authors work is fascinating and is a good companion to Llevejoed’s “Mankind on the Threshold”.