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Filmoterapia jako narzędzie zmiany psychologicznej: możliwe mechanizmy działania i zastosowania
Cinematherapy as an Instrument of Psychological Change: Possible Mechanisms and Application

Author(s): Anna Tylikowska
Subject(s): Psychology, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Art
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie
Keywords: cinematherapy; art therapy; psychological change; psychotherapy; psychoeducation; cognitive behavioural therapy

Summary/Abstract: Cinematherapy is a new therapeutic technique, classified as a form of art therapy. Its mechanisms have been described mostly in psychodynamic categories, such as identification, catharsis or insight. This article aims to present the variety of psychological mechanisms that are engaged in the potential efficacy of using films in psychotherapy. These include both the mechanisms described in psychodynamic theories, and the ones that are postulated in Bandura’s social cognitive theory. This theory underlines the importance of processes of learning new beliefs, expectancies, personal standards, emotional reactions, competencies, and general modification of cognitive schemas, which could be initiated, supported and strengthened by cinematherapy. The article proposes a social cognitive model of cinematherapy, clarifying its procedure and range of usefulness. The article also aims to indicate the potential efficacy of cinematherapy in categories of Prochaska and DiClemente’s transtheoretical model of change.

  • Issue Year: IX/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 127-141
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish