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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-53

Cinema: A multimodal and integrative medium for education and therapy

Department of Psychiatry, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University, Karad, Maharashtra, India

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Ajish G Mangot
OPD 22, Department of Psychiatry, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University, Karad - 415 539, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_13_17

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Art is a creative form of expressing personal thoughts, opinions, feelings, and often a reflection of prevailing ethos and has been around for almost as long as man's existence. Today motion pictures (movies) are the most popular forms of artistic expression. They touch upon various issues of human interest like our society, fantasy, sci-fi, and in recent times, emotions. Every artwork induces unique emotional and cognitive experiences within the creator, participant and observer through novel techniques like therapeutic film making, participatory arts therapy and cinema therapy, respectively. Movies are also engaging instruments of education for medical and psychology students. Cinema allows for active learning through fantasy, expressing emotions, exploring one's own feelings and those of others, providing a safe environment for problem-solving strategies and dealing with unresolved emotions. Indian mental health professionals must now begin using this multimodal and integrative medium of cinema to its full potential.

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