Thursday, October 03, 2013

Looking at the finger and missing the moon, Part 1

From Ordinary People. I think this is the origin of the crappy couch and passionate psychotherapist with poor self-care.
(Thanks to Ferdy on Films for the image)
Let's get one thing straight. I enjoy psychotherapy, both as the therapist and the customer (yes, I know people who use psychotherapy tend to be called "clients," but I think "customer" is far more accurate; if you disagree or would like to know why, please leave a comment and we'll talk).

When I was first considering the field, I talked with some friends of mine who were practicing psychotherapists and asked what inspired them to enter the profession. Specifically, I said, "Okay, tell me which movie it was--I know it was a movie and it left an impression on you, so which one was it?"

I admit, it was a little presumptuous (I hadn't been trained yet, what can I say?), but I got answers from people about the movies that inspired them. Ordinary People was a popular choice, followed by Good Will Hunting.

Good Will Hunting. Shit's about to get real. And another psychotherapist with poor self-care. Just sayin'.
(Image from A.V. Club)
Sure, some people talked about being influenced by their own therapists, high school counselors, Yoda, and just plain caring people who wanted to listen and provide a bit of guidance when needed.

However, I found that film--the myths of our modern world--had quite an impact on people's ability to imagine themselves into a career. It doesn't matter that the depictions were overly dramatic and for psychotherapists, usually involved unethical behavior.

The famous, It's Not Your Fault scene from Good Will Hunting
(Image from A.V. Club)
So when a friend asked me in return which movie influenced me to pursue psychotherapy (alongside my career as an artist), I said, Prince of Tides.

Next up on Sunday: WTH? Prince of Tides, really? Stay tuned for Part 2 of Looking at the Finger and Missing the Moon!

Invite Beauty,

I.



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