+353-1-416-8900REST OF WORLD
+44-20-3973-8888REST OF WORLD
1-917-300-0470EAST COAST U.S
1-800-526-8630U.S. (TOLL FREE)


Psychology at the Movies

  • ID: 2249842
  • Book
  • March 2012
  • 268 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
1 of 3
All movies are psychologically alive, exploding with human drama. This drama can be seen from many different angles–in the movies themselves, in the people who make them, and in the people who watch them.


Psychology at the Movies explores these issues and addresses how psychologists have interpreted movies and how psychotherapy and psychopathology have been depicted in film. The author also examines the psychological make–up of legendary directors, such as Hitchcock, Scorsese and Woody Allen, and actors such as Angelina Jolie and Jack Nicholson. Also considered is the powerful impact that film can have on its audience. The author draws upon his extensive experience in the fields of film and psychology to reveal the deep connections between the fantasy world of cinema and the realities of everyday life. Engagingly written to appeal to academics and movie fans alike, Psychology at the Movies is a front row ticket to issues at the forefront of popular cinema and the human mind.

Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown
2 of 3
List of Illustrations and Figures xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1. Introduction The Many Sides of Psychology and the Many Faces of the Movies 3

Goals of Psychology at the Movies 6

Story, Entertainment and Art in the Movies 9

A Liberal Use of Psychology 10

A Symbolic Framework for the Psychology of Film 12

Organization of Psychology at the Movies 14

Further Reading 16

2. The Search for Meaning Psychological Interpretations in the Movies 19

Human Behavior in the Movies 21

Unconscious Conflict in the Movies 24

Archetypes in the Movies 28

Ideology in the Movies 30

Spectators in the Movies 33

Closing Shots: The Boons and Banes of Interpretation 37

Further Reading 39

3. Psychopathology, Psychotherapy and Psycho Psychologists and Their Patients in the Movies 43

Representations of Psychological Disorders 44

Representations of Psychologists and Psychological Treatment 49

Closing Shots: The Impact of Representations of Psychology 55

Further Reading 60

4. Crazy Genius The Psychology of Filmmakers 63

Psychobiography and Filmmakers 64

Auteurs: Profiles of Directors 65

Star–Gazing: Profiles of Actors 69

Psychology for Filmmakers: The Case ofWoody Allen 73

Closing Shots: Evaluating Psychobiography 76

Further Reading 77

5. Picturing the Audience Psychological Profiles of Moviegoers 81

Movie Audiences through the Years 83

The Movies PeopleWatch 85

The Movies People Like 88

Closing Shots: The Viewers behind the Numbers 91

Further Reading 91

6. The Cinematic Moment Emotions and the Comprehension of Movies 95

Cognitive Psychology and the Movies 96

The Perception of Movies 97

The Narrative Comprehension of Movies 99

The Emotional Comprehension of Movies 101

Brain Functioning and the Movies 107

Closing Shots: An Unlikely Partnership 109

Further Reading 110

7. Reflecting on the Screen The Reception of Movies 113

Viewer Enjoyment of Movies 115

Viewer Interpretations of Movies 120

Closing Shots: The Challenges of Audience Response 126

Further Reading 127

8. The Movies Made Me Do It The Effects of Film 131

Effects on Behavior 133

Effects on Thoughts and Emotions 139

Propaganda and Effects on Culture 143

Closing Shots: The Great Debate over Media Effects 145

Further Reading 149

9. Movies as Equipment for Living The Functions of Film 153

Professional Functions of Movies 155

General Functions of Movies in Everyday Life 159

Personal Functions of Movies in Everyday Life 161

Closing Shots: Seeing Movies from a Different Angle 168

Further Reading 169

10. Conclusion Putting the Pieces Together 173

An Appeal for Interdisciplinarity 177

Movies as Art 179

Appendix A: Mental Health Professionals in Top Box Office Grossing Movies, 1990 1999 181

Appendix B: Three Top 50 Lists of Acclaimed Movies 183

Appendix C: Emotionally Arousing Movie Scenes 187

Appendix D: Therapeutic Movies 189

Endnotes 191

Bibliography 219

Filmography 239

Index 249

Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown
3 of 3
Skip Dine Young
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown