Archive for December, 2010

The Transformative Power of Love in ‘Groundhog Day,’ Part II

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

The second part of

The Transformative Power of Love in ‘Groundhog Day,’ Part I

Monday, December 27th, 2010

‘Groundhog Day’ with Bill Murray and Andie McDowell demonstrates the power of love to transform character in a way that leads to profound psychological and emotional growth.

“Black Swan” and the Recovery of the Shadow Self

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Darren Aronofsky’s visually stunning new film, ‘Black Swan’, tells us that while it may be terrifying and socially unacceptable to experience “black” feeling, when we try to be all “white” we only end up weak and frightened, incapable of passionate engagement with our world.

Harry Potter vs. The Lord of the Rings, Part III

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Continuing discussion of the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter sagas as a metaphor for the psychic conflict between love and hatred.

Harry Potter vs. The Lord of the Rings, Part II

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

A continuation of an earlier post that discusses both epics in terms of human psychology, especially splitting and ambivalence.

Harry Potter vs. The Lord of the Rings, Part I

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The Harry Potter saga, as well as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy of books and movies, is a wonderfully complex fairy tale that can be understood as both an epic battle between good and evil as well as the externalization of internal emotional conflicts.

Welcome to Movies and Mental Health

Monday, December 13th, 2010

I’m pleased to introduce Movies and Mental Health with Joseph Burgo, Ph.D. This blog is devoted to looking at films — both recent, contemporary movies and the classics — as an avenue for examining different aspects of the human experience.

“I’m particularly interested in exploring and writing about the nexus between mental health issues and popular culture,” says Dr. Burgo. “From time to time, a book or TV show might also be an appropriate topic for discussion.”

I love movies, and I love delving into the psychological aspects of their characters, because there are just so many darned good stories out there. So I must admit, I’m not only happy to introduce this new blog, but also will be an avid reader of it.

Please give Joseph a big Psych Central welcome!


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