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Films of the Psyche (Soul)

Films of the Psyche (Soul)

Posted by kathathaway in on 14 October, 2017

Soulful Films

I love film.  Seeing some of my inner world reflected on screen creates links, understandings and meanings for me.  It accesses the wisdom of the right brain, in the same way as art can do. And since much psychological phenomena has archetypal content, many stories in film and media relate to common themes that we, as humans, face.

Here is a list of films that can echo these issues and can support a client’s journey.

  • The Truman Show : a fantastic depiction of the protector/controller figure within the psyche that can allow us to only live our lives in one way… it’s way!
  • The Croods : another illustration of the protector/controller part.
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy : the Gollum/Smeagol split is a great demonstration of the way we can have different parts of ourselves within the same psyche.  Obviously, this movie shows quite an extreme example, but have you ever done or said something and wondered “who was that”?  The disowned shadow can come out in surprising (and sometimes embarrassing ways!).
  • Fearless : some of the effects of trauma, the way it can propel us into either split off, disconnected hyper spiritualised dissociation or plummet us into the depths of depression… or sometimes leave us swinging in between.
  • The Cell:  here, the protector/controller goes to extreme lengths to preserve the innocent child within the psyche and is depicted as a persecutory, demonic figure.  This film provides a perfect example of the understandings of Donald Kalsched Ph.D and the archetypal self care system.  Not a film for the faint hearted!
  • Female Perversions: an incredible film with one of my favourite actors Tilda Swinton, this film shows the call of the deep, inner Self when the false adapted self is no longer enough.  This theme is demonstrated often in cinema and is shown beautifully in both When Night is Falling and, also, Fur.
  • When Night is Falling 
  • Fur
  • Griff the Invisible: this film holds the Soul Centred understanding of meeting a client in the place where they are, confirming their reality.  This is why Soul Centred Psychotherapy is so very client centred.  We don’t expect that the client will need to adapt to what we can offer, instead we have a range of methods to meet the client where they are… so that they can feel held… sometimes for the first time ever.
  • Lars and the Real Girl: similar to above, and with an entire community participating.  Just beautiful.
  • The King’s Speech: a film showing the incredible wholeness of the mind body system.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth: a powerful depiction of the archetypal world of the unconscious.
  • Mother!: a challenging illustration of the positive mother complex, and the way it ultimately destroys.
  • The Babadook: an outstanding Australian horror film about the effects of unprocessed trauma and disowned grief.
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: about Narcissistic collapse, death, and the need to become authentically who we are.
  • Inside Out: an animated film about emotions. A great psycho-emotional educational film.