Over the next month, we’ll have a few opportunities to meditate on what reasonable statements can be made about positive impacts the arts have on individuals that struggle with various kinds of sociopathic behavior — everything from acting out in a classroom, to eating disorders and self-esteem issues. . . to, as in the piece below, addiction. What are your instincts about what can be safely said the arts and behavior changes? When can we point to the arts as a primary and causal factor in a positive behavior change? When might it be merely peripheral to other necessary cognitive or behavioral changes?