When I look at art, I notice that I feel the most attracted to psychological subjects or even mental illnesses. Maybe it's because you can not see a mental illness from the outside, in real life, so if you don't have a certain disorder yourself, it is difficult to understand what the person with the disorder is going through. Art helps you understand.
No film can make sure that your negative view of the world suddenly disappears. A film that begins in despair and ends in a victory, however, can give you hope when you feel helpless and everything seems to fall apart. If you can identify with characters, or the situations where they are in, then you share their disappointments and thereby all their steps to victory. This way you see reasons for optimism in your own situation. You can gather the courage to do what is necessary in order to change your situation, as was also done in the movie.
I use examples like 'American Beauty', 'Erin Brockovich', 'Normal', 'The Diving Bell and The Butterfly' and 'A Beautiful Mind'.
In a previous article, 'Cinematherapy: How does it work?', I explained what cinematherapy is and how it works. Now I'm going to tell you more about the effect of laughing and crying during a movie. The movies I discuss are 'The Blindside', 'Freedom Writers' and 'Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?', but I also talk a bit about one of my favorite tv shows: 'How I Met Your Mother'.
With a big interest in both cinema and psychology I like to watch (and make) movies with a therapeutical approach or just a certain storyline or main character that can help the audience cope with their own problems.
In this article I would like to explain how I learned about cinematherapy, what it is and how it actually works.
I am an aspiring visual artist, (screen)writer and filmmaker. On my blog I write about the process of improving my skills, about grabbing every chance I get to become more experienced and about learning from ups and downs. Besides that, I write about everything that inspires me, like film, photography, paintings and psychology.
P.S. I am not a native English speaker, so my English is far from excellent. Sorry for that.