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Cinema Therapy: How We Can Use Movies To Learn More About Ourselves


Everyone has that one movie they could watch over and over again. Whether it’s a comedy or a love story, action or thriller, there is just that one storyline that always makes us feel better.

Well, have you ever wondered why that is? According to Birgit Wolz, PhD., MFT, “Cinema therapy can be a powerful catalyst for healing and growth… {it} allows us to use the effect of imagery, plot, music, etc. in films on our psyche for insight, inspiration, emotional release or relief, and natural change.”

Movies can help encourage an emotional release, make us happier when we’re sad, give insight into events in our own lives, while also giving us a break from our own realities, and even those movies that stress us out at the beginning, (like any horror movie ever), can bring us a sense of the relief by the time it’s over.

So next time you’re watching a movie, ask yourself these questions.

  1. Why did you pick this movie?
  2. What’s going on that you can relate to in the movie?
  3. What insight did you gain after the movie is over?

And if you want to read more in-depth about this topic, check out these articles called “How Watching Movies Can Benefit Our Mental Health”  and “Film Therapy: The Benefits of Watching Movies.”


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