Teaching and learning about psychoanalysis. Film as a teaching tool, with reference to a particular film, Morvern Caller

Edwards, Judith (2010) Teaching and learning about psychoanalysis. Film as a teaching tool, with reference to a particular film, Morvern Caller. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 26 (1). pp. 80-99. ISSN Print ISSN: 0265-9883 Online ISSN: 1752-0118

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Using the film, Morvern Callar, directed by Lynne Ramsay (2002) in order to reflect on the impact of the countertransference, the author suggests that film is a powerful medium which can be used to communicate intense emotional and preverbal states, and to make sense of certain key psychoanalytic concepts via a direct emotional experience. Describing the film's narrative, with particular reference to the central character, she links this with predominantly Kleinian psychoanalytic thinking about schizoid states, and puts forward the idea that, by watching the film in a particular way, non-clinical students may have the proto-experience of aspects of clinical work, especially those linked with the countertransference. This, she suggests, offers a bridge towards clinical experience possibly obtained at a later date, where emotional states may be projected into the clinician.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Awarded The Jan Lee Prize for Analysis and the Arts in 2010. The prize is for a paper published in UK psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic Journals that demonstrates a creative approach to the arts from an analytic perspective.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Projection, Projective identification, Splitting, Preverbal states, Trauma, Dissociation, Deprivation, Countertransference, Film as a Teaching Tool, Teaching Psychoanalytic Concepts
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalysis
Department/People: Tavistock Consultancy Service
Depositing User: Ms Angela Douglas
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 17:01
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2016 17:00
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/316

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