The Cinematic Mirror for Psychology and Life Coaching

  • Mary Banks Gregerson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Frank S. Pittman III
    Pages 17-27
  3. Kevin Lanning, Samantha A. Montgomery, Justin Bright, Lenore Broming, Misty Hudelson, Rachel E. Pauletti et al.
    Pages 77-88
  4. Judy Kuriansky, Jeremy Ortman, Jamie DelBuono, Amy Vallarelli
    Pages 89-122
  5. Ani Kalayjian, Lisa Finnegan Abdolian
    Pages 155-169
  6. L.E.A. Walker, M. Robinson, R.L. Duros, J. Henle, J. Caverly, S. Mignone et al.
    Pages 171-192
  7. Danny Wedding
    Pages 247-250
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 251-292

About this book


Cinema both reflects life and contours life—that is its psychological power. And for decades, clinicians and educators have recognized the value of this power, using it to respectively heal in therapy and educate in the classroom. The Cinematic Mirror for Psychology and Life Coaching mines the illustrative value of cinema, offering therapists and life coaches access to ideas that can motivate and enlighten clients.

Although many movie guides exist, this volume complements the available literature by adding positive psychology, mental health, and wellness perspectives to the clinical/educational/coaching mix. The serious intent to cull from cinema its underlying psychological value has motivated noted clinicians, life coaches, and cultural critics to offer science-based analysis and intervention strategies. Readers may add their own movie insights and professional expertise to this rich foundation. The volume covers international as well as domestic cinema in a variety of genres, providing a range of film choices relevant to clients’ lives. Beyond this, it expands on universal concepts of strengths, capabilities, and coping methods. Chapters in The Cinematic Mirror:

  • Analyze how movies can create and relieve trauma.
  • Challenge Hollywood’s portrayal of the American family.
  • Overview the use of movies to examine relationships in therapy.
  • Explore the acclaimed Up television cinema verite series as studies in personal growth and social change.
  • Reinterprets images of disability in terms of positive psychology.
  • Examines models, or the lack thereof, for the American adolescent rite of passage.
  • Traces the history of mental illness stereotypes in film.

The collective wisdom found in The Cinematic Mirror for Psychology and Life Coaching will bring professionals involved in healing, coaching, counseling, education, and mentoring not only new applications but new appreciation for the transformative power of film. That power already exists. Readers just have to "SEE" it.


Counseling coaching intervention psychology trauma

Editors and affiliations

  • Mary Banks Gregerson
    • 1
  1. 1.LeavenworthU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-1113-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-1114-8
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