Saturday, March 12, 2005
Using Movies for Healing and Growth
I do this already. Aristotle called it "catharsis", when you use art to purge your emotions. Cinematherapy.com is an entire Web site, inspired by a psychotherapist, devoted to (besides selling her book) showing you how to use movies to trigger or challenge yourself emotionally, as a therapeutic tool in addressing issues. It provides a handy list of films, categorized according to with which group of issues you want to deal, and then sub-categories of specific issues. At the very least, watching these movies could stimulate a lot of helpful conversations with your friends, family, or spiritual advisor. I'm sure you could make a great list of movies that have helped you in this way.