Have you ever thought why the Game of Thrones has been so successful? But, because it was about “blood, tears and sweat”, as the Greek song says. In other words, it was based on the psychoanalytic diptych “Eros and Death,” which characterizes the fundamental insticts of the human soul.
That is why a collective conspiracy was created: because all viewers love, get angry, hate, sympathize with Arya Stark, Jaime Lannister, etc., they felt to live through the characters in a fantasy world where many hidden desires and fears were incarnated by the protagonists. In addition, because a lot of people had seen the series, it became a common experience where everyone was “accomplices” and witnessed the most prolific feelings of the heroes first and foremost of their own. As the audience was entertained, unscrupulous trends emerged as symbols of their thoughts and needs in the face of one or another protagonist.
Those who wondered what was what conveyed them but were unable to understand it in their entirety can decode it through Cinematherapy and Cinema-Coaching.
The common starting points of these two self-awareness approaches are entertainment and self-awareness. The medium, that is the tool, is the cinema, which makes a common cinematic experience. They “exploit” Cinematherapy and Cinema-Coaching as they rely on the psychological and mental mechanisms that are activated during the screening. In addition, they use thoughts, feelings and fantasies to create a connection with untold desires and unexplored obstacles. Both approaches reinterpret the experiences, but with another goal.
The fundamental difference between Cinematherapy and Cinema-Coaching lies in the prospect: Cinematherapy utilizes memories and feelings that were moved by a film, looking back in the past. It aims at healing, at relieving pain and at “cutting the knot”.
Cinema-Coaching focuses on the future, evaluating the thoughts that emerged from the film as tools for learning and developing skills and abilities. The thoughts and behaviors that the client recognizes in the film as his own, he can use them as a reason for action that concerns the next day. It aims at creating a positive worldview and activating our untapped potential.
Self-awareness begins with Cinematherapy when we try to understand why a movie with a specific subject touches us so much. With this in mind, I have composed two e-learning Cinematherapy programs at the University of Athens: In the Cinematherapy program we learn how and why we see a movie. The models help to process thoughts and emotions that appear. Detailed guidelines define the context of the use of cinema in psychotherapy.
The program Cinematherapy: Experimental applications consist of case studies that show the models in detail and give clear guidelines for their application in different professional contexts (education, psychotherapy, cinema, etc.). The experiential character of the program is determined by live streaming meetings where the application of the theoretical background is determined by personal participation.
Then, with Cinema-Coaching, we can discover through films alternate universes that fit perfectly to our needs and aspirations. The cinema will help us identify our personal vision, realize what holds us back and support us to become what we have always dreamed of. Then, it will help us design the ecology of our self-realization system and move fully empowered to fullfill our goals.
Workshops and seminars are organized from time to time in collaboration with various institutions. Information about these can be found at events, on facebook (Cinema-Coaching) and Instagram.
If you are interested in individual or theam sessions or trainings, please contact me!