Movie therapy is the use movies to help people develop an analytic view of life events or situations. One watches a movie with a problem or issue that is similar, which opens the process for analyzing. The idea is to identify with a character in the movie who is dealing with something similar to you. This allows people to view their issue from a distant and safe view and develop understanding. Movies can be a powerful vehicle for personal change and development. One of the best things about movie therapy is that it can be done alone or in tandem with talk therapy. There are several books available on Amazon.com which one can choose from that focus on movie therapy, some of these books are designed to work with a therapist, but some of these books are designed to be used by yourself.
Many therapists have claimed that movie therapy has been successful in their practices. There are several reasons why movie therapy is so successful. Watching a movie allows one to open up a space to explore an issue without the fear of being judged. For example, there are movies that help with substance abuse issues in which a person can watch a movie about a character struggling with drugs or alcohol and develop empathy and understanding of the character, and then realize that they can apply those things to their self.
Although movie therapy can have powerful positive benefits one still needs to do the work. This means that you cannot just sit down and watch the movie. You must take on a different perspective than your typical movie watcher. Your goal with movie therapy is to learn to analyze the movie, and analyze the characters. For example, if the movie you are watching is about anger, then you can observe how the character handles his or herself. You may want to ask the following questions to help you analyze a movie, should the character have done anything differently, has the character done something that you can adopt to your personal life? Anyone can use this therapy, there are movies for children as well to help teach important life lessons. Good luck and happy movie hunting.