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Introduction

Huskinson, L. and Waddell, T. (2014) Introduction. In: Eavesdropping: The psychotherapist in film and television. Routledge, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9780415814102

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Abstract

In Eavesdropping, a selection of contributions from internationally-based film consultants, practicing psychotherapists and interdisciplinary scholars investigate the curious dynamics that occur when films and television programmes attempt to portray the psychotherapist, and the complexities of psychotherapy, for popular audiences. The book evaluates the potential mismatch between the onscreen psychotherapist, whose raison d�être is to entertain and engage global audiences, and the professional, real-life counterpart, who becomes intimately involved with the dramas of their patients. While several contributors conclude that actual psychotherapy, and the way psychotherapists and their clients grapple with notions of fantasy and reality, would make a rather poor show, Eavesdropping demonstrates the importance of psychotherapy and psychotherapists on-screen in assisting us to wrestle with the discomfort � and humour - of our lives. Offering a unique insight into perceptions of psychotherapy, Eavesdropping will be essential and insightful reading for analytical psychologists, psychoanalysts, academics and students of depth psychology, film and television studies, media studies and literature, as well as filmmakers.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Philosophy and Religion
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2015 02:12
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:51
ISBN: 9780415814102
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5288
Publisher: Routledge
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