I have seen films play a vital role in my own growth and personal growth over the years. At first it was unintentional and unintentional, just a coincidence that a particular film had a strong emotional impact that left a lasting impression that inspired me to grow. Then I had a therapist give me therapy assignments to watch movies that we explored and discussed in detail during our therapy sessions. We discussed emotional reactions and the insights we learned by analyzing the parts of the film that evoke strong emotional reactions. When I was in graduate school, watching movies was part of my class assignments, we analyzed the characters’ behavior and the symbolic meanings from the movies. So, when I got my first job as a counselor and was assigned to facilitate a movie therapy group, I understood the therapeutic value of movies.
A film in a short amount of time can stir up many different emotions and if we pay attention to our emotions we can gain insight into our character and emotional health. If we dare to ask ourselves important questions, what does my emotional reaction to this film or character say about me? becoming aware. To be alert Getting in touch with our inner self.
If we take the time to listen to our feelings, we can learn about ourselves while watching movies. When a character makes me angry, what is it saying about me that this character made me angry. Or what does it say about me that made me sad. Movies can promote healing, growth and inspiration. When we dare to ask important questions about the emotional responses we have to characters and events, we can open ourselves up to gain insight into our hidden character. I found that paying attention to the emotions and feelings toward characters and events in movies helps provide insight into my state of being.
While watching a film in my mid-twenties, I found one particular aspect of the film to be a permanent emotional consciousness. The film was Terms of Endearment. This film helped me gain insight into the fact that I hold resentment and anger towards my parents. When I got in touch with my feelings and learned about my negative beliefs about myself and my family, I was able to make changes in myself that improved my relationship with my parents.
Take the time to pause the film and replay scenes listing emotional reactions while watching the film for personal growth and insight. take notes. If you’re watching a movie with a partner or friend, discuss and compare notes on how a character or scene made each of you feel. Write questions to get you to think and explore.
When watching movies for personal growth it is important to focus on the characters you dislike as well as the ones you like. It is equally important to ask yourself what your dislike of the character says about you. Beyond the fact that the character was a bad person. When we reach a point in our personal development to answer difficult questions, we can learn to accept not only the humanity of others, but our humanity as well.