Overcoming Fears, Trying Something New

by Bob Krider
(Cincinnati, Ohio)

I'm a recreational therapist on a behavioral health unit. Every week or two I introduce origami to a new group of adults. Many have heard of origami, many haven't. The majority are very wary and are reluctant to give it a try. However, overcoming fears and the need to try something new is just why I see them.


Folks that are admitted are having a variety of crises, most so critical that they can't live with themselves. They come into the hospital's psychiatric unit typically because life in their estimation is not worth living.

They typically want some magic that will make the pain go away. However, the best we can offer is safety, caring people, building coping skills, and sending them off with connections to continue long-term help. A small part of that help happens to be origami.

As a small group around a table attempts to accomplish something unknown, the elements of origami opens all sorts of opportunities for teaching moments that readily relate to real-life challenges. Paying attention to details, asking for help, helping others, dealing with frustration, laughing, the joy of accomplishment, and on and on.

Any one who has taught someone else origami has experienced the remarkable power in a square piece of paper. Sometimes someone gets very enthusiastic. Some may never attempt another origami swan or hopping frog. The pleasant experience is enough.

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I adore and have been trying to master the field of Origami. Origami is one of the best ways to calm oneself down and as a difference do something pleasant. This makes the individual to concentrate more on the art rather than his personal suffering which gives relief. No wonder recreational therapist’s like you are using to treat the mental ailments of the group which is good to know.

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by: Martha Ramsey

i had my 77th birthday in January, 2013. On July 24, 2012, I fell in my yard. Broke wrist, thumb and ankle. Following surgery for pinning, I was nearly helpless. Could not walk without aid of wheelchair or walker. Depression, of course, set in since I am naturally a busy person. I don't sit and wait well, at all.

Following recovery which is still ongoing, I could make it around the house somewhat, do a few chores, but had to sit and rest frequently. Reading quickly grew stale, video movies helped a bit, but I needed something which would aid my recovery. I did origami as a child, Lotus, fortune teller, and another we called a wasp nest made from folded palmetto leaves. I did not know enoug to call it origami then, just knew I really liked doing. I think over my lifetime, I must have made at least a thousand lotus flowers. I was too ignorant of the craft to call it what it really is. To me it was a chysanthemum. Oh, well.

To shorten the story, I decided I wanted to do origami during my downtime, since not a minute spent folding paper is wasted. I went online and ordered some origami paper, and a beginner book. Not bad, but not exactly what I needed. I went online again and found Robin's site. What a treasure !! Her enthusiasm helped me as much as any of the instructions.

I have reaped many benefits, not the least of which, is that my fingers are no longer stiff and uncooperative. My brain works much quicker, and now that I have made origami Easter baskets and puffy bunnies to put surprises into for my great and great, great nephews, I am pleased with myself and my accomplishments. I can' wait to see their faces when they open their bunnies.

I would definitely recommend origami to anyone who has downtime for whatever reason.

For thirteen years, I worked with those with mental illnesses, most of whom were depressed. Things like this really matter. I wish I had thought to try origami with some of my patients.

Thank you, Robin, and all the good people here. I wish you the best and a wonderful Easter.

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I'm 87 years old. a grandmother that makes origami bills for christmas presents. No grand- kid wants underwear or socks or a ugly sweater. Loved the horses as my kids and grandkids call me grandMARE. the old gray MARE.

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It took some thought and effort but I've designed my business card to help fold the traditional hopping frog.

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Sorry no photos of happy eyes
by: Bob Krider

You'll just have to trust me that folks enjoy the challenge of origami on my behavioral health unit - confidentiality.

We folded today. To most it was a new experience, all enjoyed. Swan, frog, and tulip with leaf & stem.

Nov 19, 2012
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i lovvvvvvvvvvvvvve what you and these people have done......but do you have a picture maybe. NO offense i just want to see the excitment in the people's eyes

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Therapy for all!
by: Anonymous

That great we all need therapy sometime!
I work withthe elderly. I use pastels picture. Everyone loved them and said we needed a show.
It would be great if some of the clients and staff had a joint venture!

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