PsycCRITIQUES Blog tag:typepad.com,2003:weblog-1686616 2015-07-09T08:26:44-04:00 A Discussion of Book, Film, & Video Reviews TypePad "A Role Model for Resilience — But Does It Help You or Your Clients Change?" tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a67883301b7c7a2ac19970b 2015-07-09T08:26:44-04:00 2015-07-02T15:02:51-04:00 The film Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, tells the remarkable story of Louis Zamperini, a prisoner of war during World War II who survived numerous traumas, including a plane crash, 47 days on a raft at sea, and systematic torture... Ryan M. Niemiec

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The film Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, tells the remarkable story of Louis Zamperini, a prisoner of war during World War II who survived numerous traumas, including a plane crash, 47 days on a raft at sea, and systematic torture for 27 months. It would seem unimaginable, for most of us, to put ourselves in Zamperini's shoes for even 1/10 of these traumas.

In his review of the film, psychologist and author Paul T. P. Wong discusses how Zamperini's resilience/perseverance emerges through a combination of many factors, such as finding meaning in suffering, having faith in an ultimate rescuer, and channeling personal willpower and passion throughout his lifetime (including pretrauma).

Many psychologists use films such as Unbroken for clients to exemplify resilience and to provide role models of figures who have overcome problems. Do you and your clients find characterizations of figures like Zamperini to be helpful role models for rallying your own or your clients' resilience? Or are such portrayals too challenging to relate to and thus not as helpful as, say, a family member or friend who has overcome a personal challenge? Feel free to share an example in your response.

Either way, perhaps such examples create additional pathways for viewers to reflect on how they relate to their suffering, how they tap into the power of the human condition, and how they make meaning out of adversity. From this perspective, are films like Unbroken always helpful?

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ReviewThe Positive Psychology of Grit: The Defiant Power of the Human Spirit
By Paul T. P. Wong
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2015 Vol 60(25)
What 2014 Films Would Win if Psychologists Gave out Academy Awards? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a67883301bb07fd2a6d970d 2015-03-12T08:39:10-04:00 2015-03-12T08:41:54-04:00 The decision to add selected psychologically relevant films to PsycCRITIQUES (a practice introduced by E. G. Boring, the first editor of Contemporary Psychology) has been widely applauded, and many readers report they read the film reviews before turning to the... Ryan M. Niemiec

APA The decision to add selected psychologically relevant films to PsycCRITIQUES (a practice introduced by E. G. Boring, the first editor of Contemporary Psychology) has been widely applauded, and many readers report they read the film reviews before turning to the more pedestrian reviews of books.

Some of the 2014 films that have been (or will be) reviewed in PsycCRITIQUES include Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, American Sniper, Skeleton Twins, The Railway Man, Noah, Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma, Still Alice, Wild, Unbroken, and Birdman.

If you were giving awards for psychologically relevant films, which movies would you nominate?

Below are reviews of nine films from 2014 that are worth viewing with a psychological lens. To dig deeper, peruse these reviews published in PsycCRITIQUES.

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ReviewTomorrow’s Another Day
By David G. Wall and Jacqueline Remondet Wall
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2015 Vol 60(10)
  • A review of the film The Theory of Everything
ReviewWhen Resilence Fails, Vulnerability Wreaks Havoc
      By Reshma Naidoo
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2015 Vol 60(9)
  • A review of the film Gone Girl

 

ReviewThe Railway Man: Next Stop PTSD
By Michael Fass
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2015 Vol 60(5)
  • A review of the film The Railway Man
ReviewInterstellar Dreams Big
By Christopher J. Ferguson
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2015 Vol 60(4)
  • A review of the film Intersellar

 

ReviewGus's Mamartia
By David G. Wall and Jacqueline Remondet Wall
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2015 Vol 60(2)
  • A review of the film The Fault in Our Stars
ReviewCoded Messages
By Keith Oatley
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(52)
  • A review of the film The Imitation Game

 

ReviewIf It Bleeds, It Leads
By Jason A. Cantone and Brandon Kuss PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(51)
  • A review of the film Nightcrawler

 ReviewGrowing Up in America
By Keith Oatley
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(50)

  • A review of the film Boyhood

 

ReviewWhat Is Left of Creation
By David Manier
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(43)
  • A review of the film Noah
Has Psychology Lost Its Humanity? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a67883301b7c74182a2970b 2015-02-26T07:34:26-05:00 2015-02-24T14:40:48-05:00 In his intriguing review of the multilayered film Interstellar, Chris Ferguson applauds the film for attempting to bring in some science (despite being a science fiction film) and for unveiling deeper meaning in its exploration of humanity. He contrasts this... Ryan M. Niemiec

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In his intriguing review of the multilayered film Interstellar, Chris Ferguson applauds the film for attempting to bring in some science (despite being a science fiction film) and for unveiling deeper meaning in its exploration of humanity. He contrasts this with the field of psychology that, in some ways, has taken steps backward rather than advanced itself as a science. Ferguson explains:

I worry that psychology has lost its humanity. Psychological science seems to have ceased asking the big questions, or trying to understand the human condition. Instead we squabble over small-scale theories, or attempt to defend the societal importance of correlational effect sizes of r = .20 or less. Our theories have become unfalsifiable, surviving in some undead like state even as they are rocked by replication crises. The conduct of our research has become so cynical that leading researchers openly acknowledge not reporting theory unfavorable results (see Schimmack, 2014). I argue that psychology has fundamentally lost sight of itself and what it was meant to study. (para. 10)

What do you think? Has psychology lost its humanity? 

Or, would you argue for the exact opposite, that some fields within psychological science have significantly advanced and deepened from a scientific perspective? 

In either case, what are the best next steps to advance our field?

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ReviewInterstellar Dreams Big
By Christopher J. Ferguson
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2015 Vol 60(4)
Virtue and Balance: Personal, Interpersonal, and Societal Implications tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a67883301b8d06cc405970c 2014-10-09T09:04:16-04:00 2014-10-07T12:41:20-04:00 The action-drama film Divergent, based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth, depicts a dystopian society divided by virtues and explores important questions on individual, interpersonal, and societal levels, such as the following. Individual level: Are we all divergent?... Ryan M. Niemiec

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The action-drama film Divergent, based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth, depicts a dystopian society divided by virtues and explores important questions on individual, interpersonal, and societal levels, such as the following.

  • Individual level: Are we all divergent? In other words, do we all express a strong constellation of many virtues and character strengths, or do we mostly tend to express one in particular? In what situations do we commonly overuse these strengths?
  • Interpersonal level: How do we relate to people who strongly express a virtue different from our own (e.g., wisdom versus courage; temperance versus justice)? Can the expression of one virtue collide with the expression of another?
  • Societal level: What is the role of virtue in society? What are the limits of virtue? Can society have too much courage, too much justice, too much knowledge? Are virtues the key element of a utopian society?

Whether you’ve seen the film or not, consider these questions and offer your observations and opinions on whichever cluster strikes you most.

In my PsycCRITIQUES review of the film, I chose to focus on the first cluster of questions and delve into the concept of "overuse" of virtue or character strengths. Hearkening back to ideas first opined by Aristotle, all of us are vulnerable to bringing forth our strengths and virtues too strongly (e.g., being too honest, attempting to offer too much wise advice, being too curious, and so on). The science of positive psychology is investigating these areas more closely and is finding that great importance might be placed on finding balance with our virtue and character strength expression. What do you think?

 

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ReviewThe Overuse of Strengths: 10 Principles
By Ryan M. Niemiec
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(33)
What's Your View of Heaven? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a67883301a511f2222b970c 2014-08-14T08:35:20-04:00 2014-08-12T16:06:48-04:00 Heaven Is for Real is a film based on the true story of a 4-year-old boy who reported he visited heaven while under anesthesia during a life-threatening operation. The film has garnered a significant amount of media attention and popular... Ryan M. Niemiec

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Heaven Is for Real is a film based on the true story of a 4-year-old boy who reported he visited heaven while under anesthesia during a life-threatening operation. The film has garnered a significant amount of media attention and popular interest. In his review, Edward Cumella reports that the film offers minimal insight into the phenomenon of near death experiences (NDEs) and misses opportunities to discuss scientific information and explore complex questions relating to NDEs. In addition, he reports that the film reinforces stereotypes of psychologists and of scientists.

What is your view about NDEs? Are they a connection with “something greater” (e.g., a heaven), are they merely an artifact of our brain processing material, or are they something else?

Is it possible for movies or books to convince consumers one way or another on the existence of an afterlife? Or, are they simply mechanisms that individuals ultimately use to support their existing bias?

Do movies that perpetrate misconceptions about scientists and psychologists do more harm than good for the field of psychology?

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ReviewIs Heaven Real? Heaven Knows!
By Edward J. Cumella
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(32)
The Imperative of Forgiveness and the Deployment of "Heroic" Character Strengths tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a67883301a73d98ddaf970d 2014-03-27T08:52:36-04:00 2014-03-25T13:18:31-04:00 Consider atrocities that have occurred in Rwanda, Israel, Northern Ireland, and Palestine. Think about the people on both sides of the experience—living victims and perpetrators. Now, reflect on the following questions: What does it take to truly forgive someone after... Ryan M. Niemiec

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Consider atrocities that have occurred in Rwanda, Israel, Northern Ireland, and Palestine. Think about the people on both sides of the experience—living victims and perpetrators. Now, reflect on the following questions:

  • What does it take to truly forgive someone after he or she has committed a terrible wrong?
  • Is it possible to forgive an entire group of people (e.g., a race, a country, those who practice a particular religion)? Is it easier to forgive an individual perpetrator or a group of perpetrators?
  • On the other hand, what does it take to ask for forgiveness? For a perpetrator who has been forgiven, is it of greater benefit if he or she first acknowledged the full extent of the wrongdoing and asked for forgiveness?

The science of positive psychology, which encapsulates the upsurge in scientific findings on forgiveness, informs us of the physical and psychological benefits of forgiving others. However, there are many dynamics yet to be thoroughly examined by positive psychology. In their review of the documentary film Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness, Frank Farley and  Mona Sarshar examine the challenges of reconciliation and some of the benefits for those who display this character strength in action. They point out that despite an increase in research, there remain few studies on the benefits to perpetrators who have been forgiven. In addition, they emphasize the importance of altruism, generosity, and other "heroic" character strengths to counteract such horrors. 

Indeed, if we all deployed our character strengths in ways to benefit others, we would not be having this conversation. What thoughts, opinions, and comments does this idea elicit in you?

 

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ReviewFrom Giving to Forgiving—A Bridge Too Far?
By Frank Farley and Mona Sarshar
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(8)
What 2013 Films Would Win If Psychologists Gave Out Academy Awards? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a67883301a511700858970c 2014-02-27T08:49:10-05:00 2014-02-25T13:46:37-05:00 The decision to add selected psychologically relevant films to PsycCRITIQUES (a practice introduced by E. G. Boring, the first editor of Contemporary Psychology) has been widely applauded, and many readers report they read the film reviews before turning to the... Danny Wedding, PhD

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The decision to add selected psychologically relevant films to PsycCRITIQUES (a practice introduced by E. G. Boring, the first editor of Contemporary Psychology) has been widely applauded, and many readers report they read the film reviews before turning to the more pedestrian reviews of books.

Some of the 2013 films that have been (or will be) reviewed in PsycCRITIQUES include The Great Gatsby, 42, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Her, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Butler, and Before Midnight.

If you were giving awards for psychologically relevant films, which movies would you nominate?

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ReviewDream
By Keith Oatley
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(41)
  • A review of the film The Great Gatsby
ReviewThe Fountainhead of Eudaemonia
By David G. Wall
      and Jacqueline Remondet Wall
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(39)
  • A review of the film 42

 

ReviewHeroism on the High Seas: Piracy, Type T Personality, and Perspicacity
      By Frank Farley
      and Mona Sarshar
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(4)
  • A review of the film Captain Phillips
ReviewWhen Gravity Shall Set You Free
By Richard W. Bloom
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(47)
  • A review of the film Gravity

 

 

ReviewThe Butler Did It
By Christopher J. Ferguson
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(3)
  • A review of the film The Butler
ReviewKeeping Love Visible
By David G. Wall
      and Jacqueline Remondet Wall
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(51)
  • A review of the film Before Midnight
Flight: A Powerful and Popular Film on Addiction tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a678833019b00b279d8970c 2013-11-07T09:39:44-05:00 2013-11-07T09:54:49-05:00 The engaging film Flight, starring Denzel Washington as Whip, an airline pilot suffering from alcohol dependence, offers viewers a wide range of material to consider—powerful portrayal of addiction, realistic consequences of a disease, the struggle of recovery, emotional turmoil, and... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> The engaging film <em>Flight</em>, starring Denzel Washington as Whip, an airline pilot suffering from alcohol dependence, offers viewers a wide range of material to consider&#8212;powerful portrayal of addiction, realistic consequences of a disease, the struggle of recovery, emotional turmoil, and hope.<br /><br />As <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev1426" title="Ronda L. Dearing" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Ronda Dearing</a> and <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev4631" title="Molly S. Rath" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Molly Rath</a> emphasize in their <em>PsycCRITIQUES</em> review, this film does not take the approach of most addiction films emphasizing the "why" of the addiction, such as abuse/trauma, parents with alcoholism, and/or persistent feelings of failure. Instead, the focus is on the present-day character of Whip, who is facing major challenges and displays his full personality&#8212;his addictive behaviors, his positive character strengths, and his struggle to make the right decisions. Thus, viewers see a more realistic, complex human being. Viewers are likely to have a range of reactions to the portrayal, for example, empathy, sympathy, admiration, disgust, anger, gratitude, and pride.<br /><br />What were some of your emotional reactions to the portrayal of Whip? Did your feelings change as the film progressed?<br /><br />The film recently won a Prism award for best substance abuse film because of its accuracy in the portrayal of an individual suffering this condition. Would you consider Denzel Washington's portrayal of addiction to be spot-on in terms of accuracy? What would you change?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201325500_psq_58-37_anOrdinaryDay.pdf">An Ordinary Day</a><br /> By Ronda L. Dearing and Molly S. Rath<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(37)</div></div> Argo: Acclaim, Misconceptions, and the Priority of Entertainment tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a6788330192aa45e6b3970d 2013-07-03T09:23:03-04:00 2013-07-03T09:23:03-04:00 The widely acclaimed film Argo swooped up numerous awards last year including prestigious Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film offers a riveting, intense story of a creative CIA plan to "make a fake movie" in... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> The widely acclaimed film <span style="font-style: italic;">Argo</span> swooped up numerous awards last year including prestigious Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film offers a riveting, intense story of a creative CIA plan to "make a fake movie" in order to save hostages in a volatile Iran in 1980. Despite the high entertainment value, the film does exhibit some stereotypes that are worth critiquing.<br /><br />In her review of the film, <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev178" title="Jaine Darwin" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Jaine Darwin</a> observes the reductionistic, all-or-none quality of the film to portray the U.S. democracy as good and the Iranian theist state as bad. No doubt this is done in part to create a deep allegiance in the viewer and intensify the climactic scenes. In addition, a strong theme of the film is the CIA agent's decision to disobey authority and orders and continue the undercover plot despite increasing danger. Darwin points out that this perpetuates "the misconception that in order to be successful or to survive, one must fail to obey orders." Such behavior is rampant in the action film genre as well as in those involving political and government plotlines.<br /><br />Do you agree with Darwin's observations? To what extent does this detract from your appreciation of the film?<br /><br />In some cases, filmmakers have to choose to sacrifice some degree of accuracy in order to provide more extensive entertainment. Is there a line that can be drawn in terms of amount of accuracy sacrificed for level of entertainment gained?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201310787_psq_58-23_theGoldenFleeceRedux.pdf">The Golden Fleece Redux</a><br /> By Jaine Darwin<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(23)</div></div> What Do Our Students Need to Know About Detainee Interrogations? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a67883301901c77419f970b 2013-05-30T09:22:40-04:00 2013-05-30T09:22:40-04:00 Paul Kimmel and W. Brad Johnson offer separate reviews of clinical psychologist Martha Davis's film Doctors of the Dark Side in the May 8, 2013, release of PsycCRITIQUES. Kimmel is a former president of the APA's Society for the Study... Danny Wedding, PhD <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3225" title="Paul Kimmel" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Paul Kimmel</a> and <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev2606" title="W. Brad Johnson" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">W. Brad Johnson</a> offer separate reviews of clinical psychologist Martha Davis's film <span style="font-style: italic;">Doctors of the Dark Side</span> in the May 8, 2013, release of <em>PsycCRITIQUES</em>. Kimmel is a former president of the APA's Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology (Division 48) and a highly respected peace advocate. Johnson is a former president of the APA Society for Military Psychology (Division 19), former chair of the APA Ethics Committee, and a professor in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at the U.S. Naval Academy. Both reviewers offer thoughtful perspectives on the role of psychologists in interrogations, and both believe <em>Doctors of the Dark Side</em> might be a valuable training tool for psychologists and other health professionals preparing to work in national security jobs. For example, Johnson notes,<blockquote>New professionals will hardly be able to absorb this film without appreciating the risks associated with detainee interview and interrogation work and the terrible toll associated with ignoring human rights.</blockquote>Should this film routinely be shown in psychology training programs?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Reviews</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201313107_psq_58-19_doAsLittleHarmAsPossible.pdf">Do as Little Harm as Possible</a><br /> By Paul Kimmel<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(19)</div><br /> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201312976_psq_58-19_psychologistsRolesInNationalSecurity.pdf">Psychologists' Roles in National Security: Getting Beyond Dichotomous Thinking</a><br /> By W. Brad Johnson<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(19)</div></div> Nature, Nurture, and Violence tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a678833017d414bd638970c 2013-03-14T09:53:26-04:00 2013-03-14T09:53:26-04:00 The film We Need to Talk About Kevin focuses on a mother coping with the horrifying reality of her son's mass killing at school. The film offers flashbacks of the complex and troubled relationship between the mother and son but... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> The film <span style="font-style: italic;">We Need to Talk About Kevin</span> focuses on a mother coping with the horrifying reality of her son's mass killing at school. The film offers flashbacks of the complex and troubled relationship between the mother and son but provides no definitive answer as to the cause of the atrocity.<br /><br />In their review of the film, <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev765" title="April Bradley" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">April Bradley</a> and <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev4410" title="Erin Olufs" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Erin Olufs</a> discuss a variety of factors that can shed light on such a situation, for example, attachment styles, temperament, parenting, genetics, and parent&#8211;child conflict. Which do you believe plays the most significant role? Is it possible that one factor is typically the most dominant, or is it always relative to the particular situation or individual? Although the people responsible for mass killings are the product of <em>both</em> nature and nurture (and their interaction), which factor is <em>most</em> responsible for violent acts? Is there research to justify your position?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201229994_psq_57-49_familyDynamicsAndSchoolViolence.pdf">Family Dynamics and School Violence</a><br /> By April Bradley and Erin Olufs<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(49)</div></div> What 2012 Films Would Win If Psychologists Gave Out Academy Awards? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a678833017c37240446970b 2013-02-28T12:57:13-05:00 2013-02-28T14:33:12-05:00 The decision to add selected psychologically relevant films to PsycCRITIQUES (a practice introduced by E. G. Boring, the first editor of Contemporary Psychology) has been widely applauded, and many readers report they read the film reviews before turning to the... Danny Wedding, PhD <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> The decision to add selected psychologically relevant films to <em>PsycCRITIQUES</em> (a practice introduced by E. G. Boring, the first editor of <em>Contemporary Psychology</em>) has been widely applauded, and many readers report they read the film reviews before turning to the more pedestrian reviews of books.<br /><br />Some of the 2012 films that have been (or will be) reviewed in <em>PsycCRITIQUES</em> include <em>Brave</em>, <em>Les Mis&#233;rables</em>, <em>The Hunger Games</em>, <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, <em>Argo</em>, <em>Beasts of the Southern Wild</em>, <em>Amour</em>, <em>The Central Park Five</em>, <em>Silver Linings Playbook</em>, and <em>Lincoln</em>.<br /><br />If you were organizing awards for psychologically relevant films, which movies would you nominate?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Reviews</div> <div style="width:50%;float:left;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float:left;margin-bottom:5px;margin-right:5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201223060_psq_57-35_aRayOfHopeInAWorldOfDarkness.pdf">A Ray of Hope in a World of Darkness</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3782" title="Jeremy Clyman" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Jeremy Clyman</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(35)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style:italic;">The Dark Knight Rises</span></li></ul></div> <div style="width:50%;float:right;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float:left;margin-bottom:5px;margin-right:5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201213522_psq_57-23_appetiteForDestruction.pdf">Appetite for Destruction</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3163" title="Christopher J. Ferguson" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Christopher J. Ferguson</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(23)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style:italic;">The Hunger Games</span></li></ul></div> <br style="clear: both;" /> <div style="width:50%;float:left;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float:left;margin-bottom:5px;margin-right:5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201229124_psq_57-45_facingOurMonsters.pdf">Facing Our Monsters</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev271" title="Jacqueline Remondet Wall" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Jacqueline Remondet Wall</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;and <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev270" title="David G. Wall" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">David G. Wall</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(45)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style:italic;">Beasts of the Southern Wild</span></li></ul></div> <div style="width:50%;float:right;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float:left;margin-bottom:5px;margin-right:5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201221049_psq_57-36_theAmazingSpiderMan.pdf">The Amazing Spider-Man: Growth<br />Over Grief</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3782" title="Jeremy Clyman" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Jeremy Clyman</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(36)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style:italic;">The Amazing Spider-Man</span></li></ul></div> <br style="clear: both;" /> <div style="width:50%;float:left;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float:left;margin-bottom:5px;margin-right:5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201233677_psq_58-3_selvesAndOthers.pdf">Selves and Others</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev1193" title="Keith Oatley" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Keith Oatley</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(3)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style:italic;">Anna Karenina</span></li></ul></div> <div style="width:50%;float:right;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float:left;margin-bottom:5px;margin-right:5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201233676_psq_58-1_comingCloser.pdf">Coming Closer</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev1193" title="Keith Oatley" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Keith Oatley</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(1)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style:italic;">The Sessions</span></li></ul></div> <br style="clear: both;" /> <div style="width:50%;float:left;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float:left;margin-bottom:5px;margin-right:5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201302507_psq_58-8_drawAndRelease.pdf">Draw and Release: Tension and Independence in the<br /><span style="padding-left:24px;"><!--doing this hack to get title lined up correctly with left justify --></span>Mother–Daughter Dyad</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev4342" title="Leafar F. Espinoza" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Leafar F. Espinoza</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(8)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style:italic;">Brave</span></li></ul></div> <div style="width:50%;float:right;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float:left;margin-bottom:5px;margin-right:5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201301609_psq_58-6_justCallMeHitch.pdf">"Just Call Me Hitch . . .": The Enigma of Alfred Hitchcock</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev1333" title="Marlene M. Eisenberg" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Marlene M. Eisenberg</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;and <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev697" title="Michael B. Blank" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Michael B. Blank</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(6)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style:italic;">Hitchcock</span></li></ul></div></div> Seeing Our Shadow Side in Films tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a678833017c3462367e970b 2012-12-20T09:00:00-05:00 2012-12-12T15:09:00-05:00 Roman Polanski, the controversial filmmaker, recently adapted the play God of Carnage into a film, Carnage. It's a fascinating, raw, yet realistic film about two couples who meet to discuss an altercation between their sons. This discussion soon leads to... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> Roman Polanski, the controversial filmmaker, recently adapted the play <span style="font-style: italic;">God of Carnage</span> into a film, <span style="font-style: italic;">Carnage</span>. It's a fascinating, raw, yet realistic film about two couples who meet to discuss an altercation between their sons. This discussion soon leads to subtle and very direct confrontation between the parents and a situation in which each character affronts the others in a harmful way. The deteriorating interactions between the families are troubling and the tension palpable.<br /><br />Despite the negativism, the film is incredibly engaging and interesting. How could viewers use the film to enhance their own communication skills?<br /><br />In their review of the film, <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev289" title="Dana S. Dunn" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Dana Dunn</a> and <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev4520" title="Sarah Sacks Dunn" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Sarah Sacks Dunn</a> assert that, despite the despicable behavior of these characters, every viewer has some degree of each of the four characters within himself or herself. However, if we accept this fact, we can use the film, or others like it, for personal growth.<br /><br />What movie characters in history do you resonate with the most? Do you see parts of yourself in their shadow side?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201230243_psq_57-48_narcissistsAreUs.pdf">Narcissists Are Us?</a><br /> By Dana S. Dunn and Sarah Sacks Dunn<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(48)</div></div> Darkness, Violence, and Hope Connected With The Dark Knight Rises tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a678833017c318a02a3970b 2012-09-04T15:49:04-04:00 2012-09-12T13:19:50-04:00 Hope and excitement filled the audience members at the opening, midnight showing of one of the most anticipated movies of the last half-decade. But The Dark Knight Rises will not be remembered for its captivating action sequences, surprising plot twists,... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> Hope and excitement filled the audience members at the opening, midnight showing of one of the most anticipated movies of the last half-decade. But <span style="font-style: italic;">The Dark Knight Rises</span> will not be remembered for its captivating action sequences, surprising plot twists, cinematic mastery, or its attentive and meaningful encapsulation of one of the most remarkable trilogies in film history. Instead, the film will forever be linked with the horrifying massacre of 12 people and injuries to 58 others in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, allegedly by recent graduate school dropout James Holmes.<br /><br />Holmes's actions have experts&#8212;desperate to find comforting causation for such incomprehensible behavior&#8212;reaching for mental illness as a solitary explanation. Holmes apparently made claims connecting himself to "the Joker," a character with a psychopathic personality from the second film in the trilogy. News reports indicate he had been treated by more than one mental health professional, and various diagnostic labels have been suggested.<br /><br />The violence perpetrated at the Aurora movie theater mirrors a common stereotype perpetrated in movies&#8212;that all people with mental illness are violent. In reality, people with a mental illness are much more likely to be victims of a violent crime than to perpetrate one. Choe et al. (2008) found that 2 to 13 percent of outpatients with a mental illness perpetrated violence in the previous 3 years, whereas 20 to 34 percent had been violently victimized.<br /><br />As stories of mental illness and violence shroud the Aurora tragedy, equal weight should be given to the heroism, bravery, and self-sacrifice of many of the deceased and survivors of the shooting. In this spirit of reframing, the <span style="font-style: italic;">PsycCRITIQUES</span> review of <span style="font-style: italic;">The Dark Knight Rises</span> by <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3782" title="Jeremy Clyman" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Jeremy Clyman</a> helps viewers focus their attention on the artistic and thematic merits of the film. Clyman highlights the science surrounding the character strength of hope as it is deftly portrayed in the film. If there was a strength of value for not only film-goers studying the movie, but also those afflicted with a mental illness and most especially those victims and families struggling to move forward, it would be hope.<br /><br />What strikes you most about the film and the events surrounding the film?<br /><br />What factors might most contribute to such extreme violent acts? To what degree do you believe mental illness played a role?<br /><br /><div style="border:1px solid #a6Bee6;padding:8px;background-color:#f8f8f8;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Reference</span><br /><br />Choe, J. Y., Teplin, L. A., & Abram, K. M. (2008). Perpetration of violence, violent victimization, and severe mental illness: Balancing public health concerns. <span style="font-style: italic;">Psychiatric Services</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">59</span>, 153-164.</div></p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201223060_psq_57-35_aRayOfHopeInAWorldOfDarkness.pdf">A Ray of Hope in a World of Darkness</a><br /> By Jeremy Clyman<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(34)</div></div> Sex, Boundary Violations, and Psychiatry Legends tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a6788330168eb84f7a4970c 2012-06-14T10:17:01-04:00 2012-06-14T10:39:15-04:00 The provocative and entertaining film A Dangerous Method is a piece of historical fiction dipping into the early days of psychoanalysis and some of the interactions between Freud and Jung. The film also features the character Sabina, a patient with... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> The provocative and entertaining film <span style="font-style: italic;">A Dangerous Method</span> is a piece of historical fiction dipping into the early days of psychoanalysis and some of the interactions between Freud and Jung. The film also features the character Sabina, a patient with psychosis, who prior to becoming a physician and scholar was treated by both Freud and Jung. In the film, Jung has erotic, ecstatic, and sado-masochistic sex with Sabina. But as <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3073" title="Eugene Taylor" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Eugene Taylor</a> notes in his review of the film, "there is no evidence that any of the sexual scenes in the film actually ever happened."<br /><br />Films are notorious for depicting psychologists and psychiatrists who cross boundaries, often of a melodramatic and sexual nature. But is there some truth to this boundary-crossing? Do most psychotherapists cross a "boundary" with patients at some point in their career? What percentage do you believe commit serious, substantive boundary violations such as sexual intercourse with a patient?<br /><br />For those who have closely studied Freud, Jung, and/or psychoanalysis, how accurate is the portrayal of psychoanalysis and the characterization of these legendary psychiatrists in <span style="font-style: italic;">A Dangerous Method</span>?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201206963_psq_57-16_didJungReallySleepWithSabina.pdf">Did Jung Really Sleep With Sabina?</a><br /> By Eugene Taylor<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(16)</div></div> When Does Science Go Too Far? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a67883301676538e35f970b 2012-05-10T09:32:02-04:00 2012-05-10T09:32:02-04:00 Project Nim is a documentary film depicting the life of the now-famous chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky who was raised by humans and taught to read sign language. In gathering research data on their subject over several years, scientists put Nim through... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> <span style="font-style: italic;">Project Nim</span> is a documentary film depicting the life of the now-famous chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky who was raised by humans and taught to read sign language. In gathering research data on their subject over several years, scientists put Nim through a variety of hardships such as various transfers, poor living conditions at times, and forcing him into a variety of situations he was unprepared for.<br /><br />The project revealed a number of insights about human&#8211;animal communication and the science of animal learning. At the same time, there is controversy as to whether the experiment should have even been started, in addition to whether the research study went on for too long. In her review of the film, <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev2620" title="Judith Stillion" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Judith Stillion</a> observes that this is an example where psychology lost its way and learned from it. Stillion goes on to say,<blockquote>The film tries to show that there were no real villains in Nim's case, just human beings who did not have the vision to understand the consequences of their actions. With the benefit of hindsight, all of the principals in the project who were interviewed in the film were unanimous that this study was a mistake.</blockquote>In considering the risks and benefits of these kinds of projects (also recall the Zimbardo Prison Experiment and the Milgram studies), to what extent do you believe scientific pursuit should compromise the well-being of other beings? How might a researcher best balance consideration of harm and the promise of scientific findings? To what extent do your views change when the subjects are humans, dogs, primates, or rats?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201207171_psq_57-15_psychologyLosingItsWayAndLearningFromIt.pdf">Psychology: Losing Its Way and Learning From It</a><br /> By Judith Stillion<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(15)</div></div> Romance Gone Bad...But Why? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a678833016300dca4fa970d 2012-02-16T09:00:00-05:00 2012-02-07T11:09:18-05:00 The popular film Blue Valentine is an engaging and interesting drama that explores the vicissitudes of a romantic relationship, times when it is going well and vibrating with excitement, periods when it is languishing into a downward spiral, and those... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> The popular film <span style="font-style: italic;">Blue Valentine</span> is an engaging and interesting drama that explores the vicissitudes of a romantic relationship, times when it is going well and vibrating with excitement, periods when it is languishing into a downward spiral, and those mundane experiences somewhere in between. In her review of the film, <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev1956" title="Karen Conner" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Karen Conner</a> notes that there is a paucity of research that explores the origins of those emotional dynamics that lead to early divorce (e.g., stonewalling, defensiveness, cynicism). In this vein, she poses some interesting questions for viewers/readers to consider, including the following: What happens to a relationship when one partner is in romantic love and the other is not? Under what circumstances does such a relationship survive and thrive, or devolve into one of wounding accusations and bitter disappointment?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201200173_psq_57-4_theLoveThatWasnt.pdf">The Love That Wasn't</a><br /> By Karen Conner<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(4)</div></div> Amazing Potential Meets Hidden Dangers tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a6788330154345b837e970c 2011-10-13T16:19:36-04:00 2011-10-13T16:19:36-04:00 The film Limitless, about a protagonist who must deal with newfound supermental powers, raises some interesting themes of interest to psychologists and the general public. Mary Spiers, in her review of the film, reflects on the film's core theme by... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> The film <span style="font-style: italic;">Limitless</span>, about a protagonist who must deal with newfound supermental powers, raises some interesting themes of interest to psychologists and the general public. <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev4182" title="Mary V. Spiers" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Mary Spiers</a>, in her review of the film, reflects on the film's core theme by discussing the current trends and research in neuroenhancement, in which drugs are used or studied as methods for improving cognitive performance. Addiction and physical and psychological side effects loom large with these drugs, yet uncharted self-improvement and societal change hold an irresistible allure for many.<br /><br />What would you suggest are the ethical parameters for the use of such medications? Should a line be drawn with such medications? What are the hidden, potential dangers of pursuing neuroenhancement? In your future practice, a client will likely be speaking to you about similar medications; how might you provide a balanced point of view to help him or her arrive at a useful decision?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201113763_psq_56-31_neuroenhancementDoSmartPillsHaveLimits.pdf">Neuroenhancement: Do “Smart Pills” Have Limits?</a><br /> By Mary V. Spiers<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2011 Vol 56(31)</div></div> Law and Psychology at the Movies tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a678833015432fe463f970c 2011-08-02T09:27:16-04:00 2011-08-02T09:27:16-04:00 In his review of the film The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Jason A. Cantone notes the importance of diversifying psycholegal research, arguing that:Much psycholegal research presents police officers as the bad guys, with experiments examining forced confessions and biased line-ups. The... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> In his review of the film <span style="font-style: italic;">The Lincoln Lawyer</span> (2011), <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev4173/" title="Jason A. Cantone" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Jason A. Cantone</a> notes the importance of diversifying psycholegal research, arguing that:<blockquote>Much psycholegal research presents police officers as the bad guys, with experiments examining forced confessions and biased line-ups. <span style="font-style: italic;">The Lincoln Lawyer</span> bucks this trend, presenting the police and prosecutors as people trying to do the right thing, while [the protagonist's] legal representation poses the larger ethical quandaries. This is not to say that research should stop investigating the negative impact of false confessions, biased line-ups, and the pitfalls of eyewitness and earwitness testimony. For example, Kassin et al. (2010) should be commended for their excellent article on police-induced confessions, which concluded with a recommendation to mandate the recording of all interrogations. Instead, it is a comment on the relative dearth of psycholegal research on attorney misconduct.</blockquote>As psychologists and legal theorists seek to bridge the gap between research in psychology and law, what research should be done to better understand the role attorney misconduct plays in the judicial process? How can psychology examine the legal and ethical quandaries faced by attorneys? How can psychology be utilized to encourage adequate representation of counsel for all clients?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201108713_psq_56-30_unequalJustice.pdf">Unequal Justice</a><br /> By Jason A. Cantone<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2011 Vol 56(30)</div></div> Mental Illness, Beauty, and Character Strength tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a67883301538e031d8e970b 2011-05-03T09:25:05-04:00 2011-05-03T11:16:20-04:00 In the poetic, experimental film Crooked Beauty: Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, director Ken Paul Rosenthal weaves photographic images and film of the mercurial weather patterns of the San Francisco Bay area with voice-over storytelling and artwork by... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> In the poetic, experimental film <span style="font-style: italic;">Crooked Beauty: Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness</span>, director Ken Paul Rosenthal weaves photographic images and film of the mercurial weather patterns of the San Francisco Bay area with voice-over storytelling and artwork by activist/artist Jacks Ashley McNamara, a woman who suffers from a severe mental illness. This short film is stunning as a positive psychology film, one that depicts psychological struggle and turmoil, while simultaneously depicting the resilience, creativity, humanity, and ultimately triumph therein. The film elicits important questions for psychologists in the domain of mental illness and its treatment as well as the domain of positive psychological functioning. Here are some themes that offer reflection.<br /><br />(1) In their <span style="font-style: italic;">PsycCRITIQUES</span> review of <span style="font-style: italic;">Crooked Beauty</span>, <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev454/" title="Larry M. Leitner" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Larry Leitner</a> and <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev4136" title="Hideaki Imai" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Hideaki Imai</a> cite studies that have found people with schizophrenia can achieve better outcomes in particular treatment programs without medication. The pervasiveness of psychiatry and the medical model can often lead to the alternative: "The net result is that the client can be condemned to a lifetime of medication, and many of them will shorten the client’s life span by as much as 20 years." What do you believe are the limitations of psychiatric treatment? Should people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, be encouraged to employ treatments without medication, or should treatments only be selected in conjunction with medication?<br /><br />(2) Many psychologists, such as Dean Simonton, have done studies on the interrelationship of creativity and mental illness. In the film, Jacks discusses this connection as it relates to her life. What about other character strengths in addition to creativity? Which character strengths are most important for people suffering from a mental illness to employ? What will help them become more resilient and triumph over their suffering? Is it the character strengths of hope, wisdom, spirituality, perseverance, zest, kindness, humor, or self-regulation that make the critical difference, or is it some intricate combination of these strengths?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201102284_psq_56-10_manyPeopleLabeledMentallyIllHaveBrokenHearts.pdf">Many People Labeled Mentally Ill Have Broken Hearts</a><br /> By Larry M. Leitner and Hideaki Imai<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2011 Vol 56(10)</div></div> What Film Would Win If Psychologists Gave Out Academy Awards? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a678833014e5f987a34970c 2011-03-02T18:05:52-05:00 2011-03-03T10:42:17-05:00 The decision to add selected psychologically relevant films to PsycCRITIQUES (a practice introduced by E. G. Boring, the first editor of Contemporary Psychology) has been widely applauded, and many readers report they read the film reviews before turning to the... Danny Wedding, PhD <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> The decision to add selected psychologically relevant films to <span style="font-style: italic;">PsycCRITIQUES</span> (a practice introduced by E. G. Boring, the first editor of <span style="font-style: italic;">Contemporary Psychology</span>) has been widely applauded, and many readers report they read the film reviews before turning to the more pedestrian reviews of books.<br /><br />Some of the films that have been (or will be) reviewed in <span style="font-style: italic;">PsycCRITIQUES</span> include <span style="font-style: italic;">The Secret in Their Eyes</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Solitary Man</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Black Swan</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Peacock</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Inception</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">The Social Network</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Life During Wartime</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Temple Grandin</span>, <span style="font-style: italic;">Skin</span>, and <span style="font-style: italic;">The Kids Are All Right</span>.<br /><br />If you were organizing awards for psychologically relevant films, which movies would you nominate?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Reviews</div> <div style="width: 50%; float: left;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201100716_psq_56-8_NoManIsAnIslandOrIsHe.pdf">No Man Is an Island, or Is He?</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3720" title="Meera Rastogi" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Meera Rastogi</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2011 Vol 56(8)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style: italic;">Solitary Man</span></li></ul></div> <div style="width: 50%; float: right;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201022094_psq_55-51_OfTwoMinds.pdf">Of Two Minds</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev661" title="Etzel Cardeña" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Etzel Cardeña</a> and <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3933" title="Sophie Reijman" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Sophie Reijman</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(51)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style: italic;">Peacock</span></li></ul></div> <br style="clear: both;" /> <div style="width: 50%; float: left;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201023126_psq_55-50_TheTenacityOfAnIdea.pdf">The Tenacity of an Idea</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev1193" title="Keith Oatley" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Keith Oatley</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(50)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style: italic;">Inception</span></li></ul></div> <div style="width: 50%; float: right;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201021611_psq_55-44_ALifeWithAutism.pdf">A Life With Autism</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev436" title="Donald Oswald" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Donald Oswald</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(44)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style: italic;">Temple Grandin</span></li></ul></div> <br style="clear: both;" /> <div style="width: 50%; float: left;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201023907_psq_55-49_ARollerCoasterOfIntelligences.pdf">A Roller-Coaster of Intelligences</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3782" title="Jeremy Clyman" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Jeremy Clyman</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(49)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style: italic;">The Social Network</span></li></ul></div> <div style="width: 50%; float: right;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201018946_psq_55-39_MuddlingThrough.pdf">Muddling Through</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev947" title="Steven N. Gold" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Steven N. Gold</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(39)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style: italic;">The Kids Are All Right</span></li></ul></div> <br style="clear: both;" /> <div style="width: 50%; float: left;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201020157_psq_55-43_WhenSheWasWhite.pdf">When She Was White: The Value of White Skin During Apartheid</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev372" title="Kellina M. Craig-Henderson" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Kellina M. Craig-Henderson</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(43)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style: italic;">Skin</span></li></ul></div> <div style="width: 50%; float: left;"><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201020924_psq_55-48_Unforgiveable.pdf">Unforgiveable</a><br />By <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev1193" title="Keith Oatley" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Keith Oatley</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(48)<br /> <ul><li>A review of the film <span style="font-style: italic;">Life During Wartime</span></li></ul></div></div> Autism and Alternative Treatments tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a6788330148c7798409970c 2011-02-15T09:36:13-05:00 2011-02-15T10:02:45-05:00 Dr. Donald Oswald, a renowned scholar in autism spectrum disorders, reviewed The Horse Boy, a film about a family who takes extensive measures to identify an alternative treatment for their son's autism. Oswald reviews the literature on complementary/alternative treatments for... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> Dr. <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev436/" title="Donald Oswald" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Donald Oswald</a>, a renowned scholar in autism spectrum disorders, reviewed <span style="font-style: italic;">The Horse Boy</span>, a film about a family who takes extensive measures to identify an alternative treatment for their son's autism. Oswald reviews the literature on complementary/alternative treatments for autism, including the use of animals in treatment (e.g., horses, dolphins, dogs), and he explores the issues parents confront as they search for miracles: "Faced with parents' desperate inclination to try any new intervention that is promulgated on TV or the Internet, clinicians are frequently called upon to take some stance."<br /><br />As a clinician, have you had to take a stand in favor of or against a controversial treatment suggested by one of your clients? How did you approach the situation with your client?<br /><br />Autism in particular has received significant media attention over the last decade. One of the issues raised and recently debunked has been the idea that vaccinations cause autism. How much of an impact do the media have on important decisions parents will make for their children? How might parents best balance contradictions from what they hear in the media and what health professionals say? What role do you, as a psychologist, have to play in this?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201101442_psq_56-6_HorsesAndAutism.pdf">Horses and Autism</a><br /> By Donald Oswald<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2011 Vol 56(6)</div></div> Revenge and Retribution tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a6788330134878789fa970c 2010-11-09T09:18:54-05:00 2010-11-09T09:18:54-05:00 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a poignant and gripping story, based on a widely popular novel from Swedish author Stieg Larsson. There are a number of relevant psychological themes in the film—revenge, trauma, aggression, and trait anger—each discussed... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> <span style="font-style: italic;">The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</span> is a poignant and gripping story, based on a widely popular novel from Swedish author Stieg Larsson. There are a number of relevant psychological themes in the film&#8212;revenge, trauma, aggression, and trait anger&#8212;each discussed by <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3406" title="Lauren S. Seifert" onclick="Modalbox.show('<iframe src=\'' + this.href + '\' style=\'width: 100%; height: 400px;\' scrolling=\'auto\' frameborder=\'0\' vspace=\'0\' hspace=\'0\' marginwidth=\'0\' marginheight=\'0\'></iframe>', {title: this.title, width: 750}); return false;" class="reviewerLink">Lauren Seifert</a> in her review of the film. After one protagonist, Lisbeth, is abused and raped, she seeks revenge in a similar manner&#8212;surprising, aggressive, and brutal. Seifert cites research in her review that "one of the most important aspects of revenge is the avenger's expectation that the message of retribution will be understood by the other party." Do you agree? In your experience, is this the key psychosocial aspect of revenge? If you viewed this film, is there a parallel process akin to satisfaction that occurs for you as the viewer witnessing Lisbeth get her revenge? What is the meaning behind such occurrences?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201018321_psq_55-37_absorbingLoathing.pdf">Absorbing Loathing</a><br /> By Lauren S. Seifert<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(37)</div></div> A Horrific Dilemma tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a678833013486909b8c970c 2010-09-07T12:12:14-04:00 2010-09-07T12:12:14-04:00 In so many films these days, the use of violence is gratuitous—there to shock viewers and to sell tickets. The acclaimed French film A Prophet appears to be a notable exception. PsycCRITIQUES film reviewers Gabriel Rupp and James Atkison describe... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> In so many films these days, the use of violence is gratuitous&#8212;there to shock viewers and to sell tickets. The acclaimed French film <span style="font-style: italic;">A Prophet</span> appears to be a notable exception. <span style="font-style: italic;">PsycCRITIQUES</span> film reviewers <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev1409" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">Gabriel Rupp</a> and <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3976" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">James Atkison</a> describe one particularly violent scene this way: "This scene, like so many in the movie, is neither a Tarantino-esque cartoon of violence nor a slick, film noir realism, but rather something hurtful, disturbing, and inevitable." What do you believe is the purpose and meaning of the violence in this film?<br /><br />Rupp and Atkison explain,<blockquote>[T]he film is what we call a successful failure in that it presents all too accurately the human condition in a world of uncertainty, violence, and suffocating social roles. The success is in the director's masterful choice of very human actors living out prescribed roles. The failure, we believe, is in current society itself, where underneath the surface of civilization lurks the bestial, the violent.</blockquote>Part of this poignant description emerges from a major plot device in the film in which the protagonist, Malik, finds himself in a situation where he must murder a fellow prisoner in order to save his own life. How is the director commenting on today's society by presenting this dilemma? Do you believe Malik had exhausted his options? What psychological mechanisms must be employed to commit such an act? How might you have handled the situation?</p><br /><br /> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201013254_psq_55-33_AProphet.pdf">A Prophet: A Study in the Dialogics of the Social and the Psychological</a><br /> By Gabriel V. Rupp [and] James Atkison<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(33)</div></div> Coping Mechanisms as Depicted on the Screen tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a6788330133ecfdaff0970b 2010-05-11T10:46:48-04:00 2010-05-11T10:46:48-04:00 In a review of the psychological drama/thriller The Lovely Bones, Ngoc Bui discusses several themes in the film, including bereavement and loss. Bui cites research describing two types of bereavement stressors that are readily apparent in the film: "Loss-oriented stressors... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> In a review of the psychological drama/thriller <span style="font-style: italic;">The Lovely Bones</span>, <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3858/" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">Ngoc Bui</a> discusses several themes in the film, including bereavement and loss. Bui cites research describing two types of bereavement stressors that are readily apparent in the film: "Loss-oriented stressors involve the primary stressors in losing a loved one&#8230;the restoration-oriented stressors include denial and avoidance of the grief and dealing with the psychosocial changes or transitions in regard to identity or roles that accompany the loss."<br /><br />Are these the main types of stress the family experiences in the loss of the young girl? What are the healthy and the unhealthy coping mechanisms they display? How does the serial killer cope with the loss?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/201005409_psq_55-17_LettingGoAndMovingOn.pdf">Letting Go and Moving on</a><br /> By Ngoc H. Bui<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(17)</div></div> Why Do We Laugh? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a6788330120a8ec08a6970b 2010-03-08T12:55:43-05:00 2010-03-08T12:55:43-05:00 In his review of the quirky French comedy Welcome to the Sticks (2008), Keith Oatley notes this film is "not of the kind in which one might laugh at someone slipping on a banana skin. Instead the director and actors... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> In his review of the quirky French comedy <span style="font-style: italic;">Welcome to the Sticks</span> (2008), <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev1193/" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">Keith Oatley</a> notes this film is "not of the kind in which one might laugh at someone slipping on a banana skin. Instead the director and actors have contrived a joining-in-together laughter, in which they take part." He goes on to comment on the film in the context of an early 20th century philosopher's take on why people laugh&#8212;that laughter is completely human, that we do not laugh unless we are a bit detached, and that laughter is social so we only laugh when we are in touch with others. How well do you believe these ideas hold true? How might you expand or edit these points? What other key principles would you add based on the latest science?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/200919181_psq_54-45_JustForALaugh.pdf">Just for a Laugh</a><br /> By Keith Oatley<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(45)</div></div> Self-Regulation on the Silver Screen tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a6788330120a6c60dd9970b 2009-11-23T13:48:05-05:00 2009-11-23T14:18:52-05:00 In our review of the widely popular film Twilight, Jeremy Clyman and I take a closer look at the character strength of self-regulation, one of the least endorsed strengths across the world and one of the least portrayed in film.... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> In our review of the widely popular film <span style="font-style: italic;">Twilight</span>, <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev3782/" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">Jeremy Clyman</a> and <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev154/" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">I</a> take a closer look at the character strength of self-regulation, one of the least endorsed strengths across the world and one of the least portrayed in film. One of the film's protagonists, Edward Cullen, is a paragon for self-regulation in the way in which he maintains exquisite, healthy control of his emotions, impulses, and instincts. We note:<blockquote>Edward tries hard to display self-control as he faces a crescendo of challenges in which he must continue to develop his "muscle" of self-control. Numerous scenes show him resisting. Although he struggles honestly, exclaiming, "I still don't know if I can control myself," he is successful in his efforts.</blockquote>Is self-control a strength that can easily be built up? What are the best ways for a therapist to help a client enhance their self-control/self-regulation?<br /><br />What makes this such a popular film?<br /><br />The second film in this series, <span style="font-style: italic;">New Moon</span>, just arrived in various cities around the world. Does Edward's character strength of self-regulation/self-control continue as strongly through this film as well? What evidence do you see to support your view?</p><br /><br /> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/200919180_psq_54-46_TemperanceTheQuietVirtueFindsAHome.pdf">Temperance: The Quiet Virtue Finds a Home</a><br /> By Ryan M. Niemiec [and] Jeremy Clyman<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(46)</div></div> Is Genius Mad? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00e5538e7a678833011570a5a0ea970c 2009-07-02T10:48:43-04:00 2009-07-02T10:48:43-04:00 One of the long-standing debates in discussions relating to psychopathology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and creativity surrounds the relationship between mental illness and creativity. Indeed, there is some connection but to what extent are they related? Is there a typical... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> One of the long-standing debates in discussions relating to psychopathology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and creativity surrounds the relationship between mental illness and creativity. Indeed, there is some connection but to what extent are they related? Is there a typical psychological makeup or certain diagnoses to which this link is most prominent? Which comes first: madness or genius? Does one cause the other? One individual that has forged ahead in examining these issues over the decades is creativity researcher and luminary <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev825/" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">Dean Keith Simonton</a>. In his review of two documentary films that offer some insight on these issues, <span style="font-style: italic;">Between Madness and Art: The Prinzhorn Collection</span> and <span style="font-style: italic;">Hidden Gifts: The Mystery of Angus MacPhee</span>, Simonton begins the exploration with some questions of his own: "First, is genius born or made? Second, does a high IQ a genius make? And third, is genius mad?"<br /><br />How would you respond to these questions? What research supports your perspective? Do you have any clinical case examples that support your views?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/200907437_psq-54-26_HowThinIsThePartitionWhereDoesItReside.pdf">How Thin Is the Partition? Where Does It Reside?</a><br /> By Dean Keith Simonton<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(26)</div></div> Slumdog Millionaire is a Winner tag:typepad.com,2003:post-63893479 2009-03-10T13:40:16-04:00 2009-03-10T13:40:16-04:00 David Wall and Jacqueline Remondet Wall enthusiastically endorse Slumdog Millionaire as a film that psychologists should see. They note,the strong emotional tie-in that [Director Danny] Boyle hits in almost every scene is the underdog status of the three protagonists. It... Danny Wedding, PhD <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev270/" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">David Wall</a> and <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev271/" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">Jacqueline Remondet Wall</a> enthusiastically endorse <span style="font-style: italic;">Slumdog Millionaire</span> as a film that psychologists should see. They note,<blockquote>the strong emotional tie-in that [Director Danny] Boyle hits in almost every scene is the underdog status of the three protagonists. It is almost as if he were specifically referencing the underdog psychology research. Did we feel emotionally manipulated by Boyle's effort? Perhaps we did. Did we feel good and happy when we left the theater? Definitely we did. Do we recommend the film? By all means. It is definitely our pick for the Best Underdog Film for 2008 and maybe for all time.</blockquote>Can psychological science help us understand the widespread international popularity of this film?</p><br /><br /> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/200902257_psq_54-8_NominationsForTheBestUnderdogPictureAreAndTheWinnerIs.pdf">Nominations for the Best Underdog Picture Are&#8230;and the Winner is&#8230;</a><br /> By David G. Wall [and] Jacqueline Remondet Wall<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(8)</div></div> Using Films to Develop Moral Reasoning tag:typepad.com,2003:post-62646097 2009-02-16T10:33:06-05:00 2009-02-16T10:33:06-05:00 In two retrospective reviews of acclaimed director Krzysztof Kieslowski's film series The Decalogue, Keith Oatley emphasizes the storytelling power of these ten 1-hour films. He remarks that each film is a vignette raising provocative moral questions about the effects of... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> In two retrospective reviews of acclaimed director Krzysztof Kieslowski's film series <span style="font-style: italic;">The Decalogue</span>, <a href="http://supp.apa.org/psyccritiques/bios/rev1193/" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">Keith Oatley</a> emphasizes the storytelling power of these ten 1-hour films. He remarks that each film is a vignette raising provocative moral questions about the effects of good and bad actions on others. Specifically, he notes:<blockquote>Vignettes have become useful in psychology, as they tap moral intuitions such as the one discovered by Waldemann & Dieterich (2007), that most people think it is right to affect the path of an inanimate agent such as the trolley so that it kills one rather than five people, but wrong to act on people themselves, for instance by pushing them under the trolley or in some way that directly condemns them to death.</blockquote>Can films really teach us about moral reasoning and moral development? If so, what is the most effective teaching method for integrating such films in the classroom? Can a person of poor moral character be positively impacted by a portrayal of a character of high moral integrity?</p><br /><br /> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Reviews</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/200814259_psq_54-1_WhatShouldWeDo.pdf">What Should We Do?</a> and <img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/200814470_psq_54-1_RulesWeLiveBy.pdf">Rules We Live By</a> <br /> By Keith Oatley<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(1)</div></div> When Is Sex Gratuitous? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-60035430 2008-12-15T10:28:57-05:00 2008-12-15T10:28:57-05:00 Dean Keith Simonton, reviewing Ang Lee's film Lust, Caution, notes that "Although the story Lust, Caution (2007) centers on a heterosexual love affair, Lee pushes the limit in a different direction: Where Brokeback [Mountain] stayed within the bounds of an... Danny Wedding, PhD <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> <a href="http://www.apa.org/psyccritiques/reviewers/rev825/" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">Dean Keith Simonton</a>, reviewing Ang Lee's film <span style="font-style: italic;">Lust, Caution</span>, notes that "Although the story <span style="font-style: italic;">Lust, Caution</span> (2007) centers on a heterosexual love affair, Lee pushes the limit in a different direction: Where <span style="font-style: italic;">Brokeback [Mountain]</span> stayed within the bounds of an R-rated film, Lee thrusts <span style="font-style: italic;">Lust, Caution</span> quite emphatically into NC-17 territory. The sex is not only explicit but brutal." Simonton later notes "explicit sex becomes far more artistically critical to the very extent that it departs dramatically from what we would usually expect on the silver screen." <br /><br /> When is sex in films essential, and when is it simply gratuitous?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/200815993_psq-53-50-PracticingEssentialCinematicSex.pdf">Practicing Essential Cinematic Sex</a><br /> By Dean Keith Simonton<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2008 Vol 53(50)</div></div> The Psychological Relevancy of the Love Story Genre tag:typepad.com,2003:post-57448331 2008-10-27T17:15:00-04:00 2008-10-27T17:15:00-04:00 In her review of Feast of Love, Linda Young contends, "Viewers are given only superficial glimpses of the characters' histories … [and] … not given any indicators of how the characters work through the impasses and conflicts that are usually... Ryan M. Niemiec <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> In her review of <span style="font-style: italic;">Feast of Love</span>, <a href="http://www.apa.org/psyccritiques/reviewers/rev3254/" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">Linda Young</a> contends, "Viewers are given only superficial glimpses of the characters' histories &#8230; [and] &#8230; not given any indicators of how the characters work through the impasses and conflicts that are usually necessary to achieve relational growth. Growth and healing seem to happen spontaneously and magically." <br /><br /> Given that there are countless films that deal with love, but few that teach us about love itself, what are your criteria for a love film that is both psychologically relevant and educational? Does <span style="font-style: italic;">Feast of Love</span> educate the viewer about important dynamics about love, or does it simply use love as an empty plot device?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/200811401_psq_53-43_FastFoodLoveFeast.pdf">Fast-Food Love Feast</a><br /> By Linda R. Young<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2008 Vol 53(43)</div></div> Are Children Almost Always Better Off with Their Biological Parents? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-57404937 2008-10-22T13:26:10-04:00 2008-10-22T13:26:10-04:00 In her review of Gone Baby Gone, Kim Kirkland argues that even desperately poor children belong with their biological parents, and she cites the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights to support her position. Does psychological science have anything to... Danny Wedding, PhD <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img height="26" border="0" width="27" title="APA" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/my_weblog/images/2008/07/17/apa_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> In her review of <span style="font-style: italic;">Gone Baby Gone</span>, <a href="http://www.apa.org/psyccritiques/reviewers/rev2632/" target="_blank" class="reviewerLink">Kim Kirkland</a> argues that even desperately poor children belong with their biological parents, and she cites the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights to support her position. <br /><br /> Does psychological science have anything to contribute to this debate? How do you feel about this?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img height="19" border="0" width="20" title="Review" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/200805035_psq-53-25_ParentalRightsAreHumanRights.pdf">Parental Rights Are Human Rights</a><br /> By Kimberly Kirkland<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2008 Vol 53(25)</div></div> Is Clint Eastwood Prejudiced? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-56070760 2008-09-24T09:29:26-04:00 2008-09-24T09:29:26-04:00 In Kris Hagglund's review of Million Dollar Baby, he writes, "The disability community, by and large, has been incensed by this movie. It perpetuates the stereotype that people who experience a spinal cord injury, especially one that results in tetraplegia,... Danny Wedding, PhD <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img width="27" height="26" border="0" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/my_weblog/images/2008/07/17/apa_2.jpg" alt="APA" title="APA" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> In <a class="reviewerLink" target="_blank" href="http://www.apa.org/psyccritiques/reviewers/rev1178/">Kris Hagglund's</a> review of <span style="font-style: italic;">Million Dollar Baby</span>, he writes, &quot;The disability community, by and large, has been incensed by this movie. It perpetuates the stereotype that people who experience a spinal cord injury, especially one that results in tetraplegia, would rather be dead—that life isn't worth living any longer. Maggie says &quot;I can't be like this, not after what I done. People chanted my name. I want to die before I can't hear the voices.&quot; Maggie's plea is devastatingly romantic, reminiscent of other tragedies (e.g., Romeo and Juliet). However, the simple truth of the matter is that individuals who sustain traumatic, body-altering injuries do not want to die. Filmmakers and other artists have historically and irresponsibly perpetuated this myth.&quot; <br /><br /> How do you feel about Maggie's decision to die rather than to continue to cope with the limitations associated with her spinal cord injury?</p> <div style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px;">Read the Review</div> <div><img width="20" height="19" border="0" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" alt="Review" title="Review" style="float: left; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/200508444_psq-50-36_MillionDollarBaby.pdf"><span style="font-style: italic;">Million Dollar Baby</span>: An Oscar's Worth of Grit</a><br /> By Kristofer J. Hagglund<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2005 Vol 50(36)</div></div> Do Diagnoses Really Matter in Films? tag:typepad.com,2003:post-55221154 2008-09-06T10:53:04-04:00 2008-09-06T10:53:04-04:00 In his review of Lars and the Real Girl, Larry Leitner notes, “Lars, a tender and decent man [would] probably earn a DSM diagnosis of schizoid, avoidant, or perhaps even schizotypal personality disorder.” What diagnosis would you give Lars? Read... Danny Wedding, PhD <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p><img title="APA" height="26" alt="APA" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/my_weblog/images/2008/07/17/apa_2.jpg" width="27" border="0" style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px" /> In his review of <span style="FONT-STYLE: italic">Lars and the Real Girl</span>, <a class="reviewerLink" href="http://www.apa.org/psyccritiques/reviewers/rev454/" target="_blank">Larry Leitner</a> notes, “Lars, a tender and decent man [would] probably earn a DSM diagnosis of schizoid, avoidant, or perhaps even schizotypal personality disorder.” <br /><br />What diagnosis would you give Lars?</p> <div style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold; FONT-SIZE: 15px">Read the Review</div> <div><img title="Review" height="19" alt="Review" src="http://psqtest.typepad.com/images/reviewIcon.jpg" width="20" border="0" style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px" /><a href="http://psqtest.typepad.com/blogPostPDFs/200809425_psq-53-35_HealingThroughRelationship.pdf">Healing Through Relationship</a> <br />By L. M. Leitner <br />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;PsycCRITIQUES, 2008 Vol 53(35)</div></div>