The Healing Movie Book is an exciting book that does the following:
- Removes the mystery of psychotherapy, explaining in clear, lively prose, what it’s for, how it works, and why it works.
- Shows how pivotal scenes from commercially available movies, spanning more than 70 years can facilitate the positive outcome of a psychotherapy.
- Includes plot outlines and analyses of 169 movies from a unique Psychiatric viewpoint that makes classic films fresh for even the most seasoned movie-lover.
- Informs and entertains with anecdotes and poignant clinical tales peppered throughout the text.
Most useful are the straight forward exercises the author suggests by asking us, for example , to remember a time in our lives that we faced problems and dilemmas similar to those portrayed on the screen, to focus on the ways that the story enlightens the actors concerning particular problems, and to ask ourselves how the characters master challenges successfully.
As we connect with what is going on in the movie, we can also connect with what is going on in our own lives. Also of great use and interest are the film index and film lists which catalogue subjects that are part of the human condition and link these topics to specific movies.
About the Author of The Healing Movie Book – Precious Images: The Healing Use of Cinema in Psychotherapy: Michael A. Kalm, M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah and in full time private practice.
Author: Michael Kalm
Year of Release: 2004