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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Reel Deal II: Godzilla

"Though the world walked away from the brink of atomic warfare in the 1960s, the obsessions and anxieties wrought in our psyches after the first use of nuclear weapons at the close of WWII still remain with us. The things we fear have not changed, and director Gareth Edwards has reawakened them with the creation of his 350 foot tall metaphor of disaster. “Like the 1954 original, this Godzilla is a combination epic horror film and parable of nature in revolt, filled with odd ellipses and surprising but appropriate storytelling choices.... The sheer filmmaking craft on display here shames almost any comparably budgeted superhero picture you can name.”

-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


Bloomfield Township Library
Lone Pine & Telegraph
Bloomfield Hills, MI

2-4 pm
Sunday, November 23

Join us for an exciting afternoon of enlightening discussion about why, after six decades, moviegoers are still beguiled by this enduring metaphor of the anxieties of the nuclear age.

Practice Gap

Mental health professionals have long understood that “monsters,” in various guises, play an important role in the psychology of children, adolescents and adults. As many authors have noted, monsters are frequently the representation of unconscious wishes and fears, projected into the environment, often embodied in terrifying creatures, some of which have human qualities, along with the fantastic while others are non-human beasts or aliens from another world. Less commonly addressed are the cultural effects on the individual psyche of a monster. When there has been widespread, massive trauma, the collective response to the ongoing traumatic reactions requires careful study. Large segments of a culture or nation are affected, with profound changes in which the way one experiences the world.

After the presentation, the participants will be able to discuss:

1. More fully, the importance of “monsters,” in the psychology of the individual and in their culture at larger.

2. The inter-related effects of the cultural context and the individual responses to traumatic experiences.

3. Some overwhelming, traumatic experiences may permanently alter the individual and collective psychology of those who suffered the trauma.