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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Reel Deal III - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Date/Time: Sunday, March 3, 2013, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.
Place: Bloomfield Twp. Library, corner of Telegraph & Lone Pine Rd.

Director’s Chair: Diane Geiger, M.A.
Psychoanalyst: Mary Adams, L.M.S.W.
Academic: Jacalyn Harden, Ph.D.

Practice Gap /Need: The tendency to rewrite childhood through an adult lens can often distort the understanding of the actual experience. This is true clinically and can cause difficulties in developing effective strategies and expectations in work with young children. This program uses a unique film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, to effectively capture the world through a young child’s eye. The film will be discussed (with ample film clips) by a film theorist, a child psychoanalyst and a cultural anthropologist.

1. Better understanding of how a five or six year old child experiences the world, including the frequent intermixing of fantasy and reality and the impact of an egocentric world view.
2. A capacity to identify and appreciate the way that a child perceives a parent as omnipotent and then borrows from that omnipotence to deal with vulnerability, with implications in the transference/countertransference .
3. Greater appreciation of the young child’s tendency to vividly anthropomorphize the world and to use of fantasy in an attempt to deal with death.