Chocolate by therapy

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Chocolate has long been associated with romance, but it also can tell us something about ourselves, according to Dr. Sonja Koukel, Health Home and Family Development Program educator for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

Koukel will lead an interactive workshop about chocolate therapy at 6:30 tonight at the Bill Ray Center at 1108 F. St., Room 154.

The workshop's premise is that the size, shape and type of chocolate we choose can tell us a lot about ourselves, Koukel said.

"Whether it would be dark chocolate or milk chocolate ... those choices reveal characteristics about your own personality and how you deal with people."

Koukel's workshop evolved from a study by Murray Langham, a New Zealand psychotherapist and author of the book "Chocolate Therapy: Dare To Discover Your Inner Self."

Langham's study seeks to explain the correlation between our choices in chocolate, even how we dispose of the wrapper, and our personality.

Although Koukel believes "chocolate therapy is about discovering your inner center," she admits, "I'm not a therapist. I'm not a counselor. ... It's just a fun thing where people do discover things about themselves."

At Koukel's workshop, participants will choose chocolates to gain personal insights. And most importantly, chocolate will be provided.

"It can be a real eye-opener," Koukel said, "especially when people bring somebody with them who they know. It's a lot of fun."

Did you know?

What: "Chocolate Therapy: Dare To Discover Your Inner Center" interactive workshop designed around chocolate. Taught by Dr. Sonja Koukel.

• Sponsor: The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

When: 6:30 to 8 tonight.

Where: Bill Ray Center, 1108 F St., Room 154.

Tickets: $3. Bring a friend and pay $5 for both. Registration is required, space limited. Call 796-6221 for more information.

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