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The Power of Film
Would you find it exciting to
resolve your personal problems while having fun? You can.
Many people have already. In her new book E-Motion Picture Magic Birgit Wolz shows you how to take advantage
of a movie's impact to change unwanted emotions, attitudes,
and behaviors. More importantly, she shows you how favorite
films can evoke self-esteem, courage, and true authenticity.
You will be able to enrich your life through the book's
powerful guidance as long as you enjoy watching movies.
Like no other medium before it, the popular movie presents
the potential of a new power for illuminating the depth of
human experience. E-Motion Picture Magic employs
that power as a tool to increase consciousness. This book offers more perspective on life, prompting
the viewer of a filmto step back from his or her problems in order
to feel less insecure, worried, or discontented. Using films
for self-improvement allows a shift in perspective when viewed
with conscious awareness.
Watching a movie has a magical effect, more than any other
storytelling medium; movies have the power to draw us out
of ourselves and into the experience of their characters.
At the same time it is often easier to maintain a healthy
distance or perspective while watching a movie than it is
in real-life situations. When psychotherapeutic tools are
used to process this movie-prompted experience, healing and
transformation can take place. Birgit Wolz offers 2,500 movie suggestions, her own experiences, and those of her
clients, accompanied by exercises that the reader can practice.
About the Author:
Dr. Birgit Wolz was
born in Germany and has lived in the United States since
1989. Her love for motion pictures led her to a
psychotherapy practice using the power of movies as an
adjunct to traditional therapeutic methods in her work
with individual clients, couples, and groups.
Dr. Wolz has published articles on this
subject in many periodicals and journals including the
International Academy of Family Psychology,
The Therapist, and Viewpoint, and is
in demand for media interviews. She presents workshops
worldwide. Her popular web site is
widely recognized as being the most accessible and
all-encompassing site on the subject of cinema
therapy. She writes a column for The Therapist
on therapeutic movie reviews and has serves as a faculty member at JFK University in California.
For more information about Dr. Wolz, see
Psychotherapy with Birgit
Comments from other authors:
"Although research has shown
film to be the premier emotion generator, research has
also shown that books can explain and explore complex
issues far more effectively than can films. In essence,
film arouses and print elaborates. A wedding of film
self-help books can offer the best of both media."
Stuart Fischoff, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor
of Media Psychology
"Imagine! Using the power of movies
to discover and explore your important life issues. What
a creative and enchanting way to gain perspective and make
the changes you yearn for. Birgit Wolz's innovative E-Motion
Picture Magic effectively guides you through this process,
throwing in generous doses of fun as well."
Elayne Savage, Ph.D., professional speaker
and author of
"Don't Take It Personally! The Art of Dealing with Rejection
and Breathing Room-Creating Space to Be a Couple"
"Clearly a love of movies and helping
people inspire Dr. Wolz to broaden the reach of E-Motion Picture
Magic. Read this book and you will never watch movies the
same way again. Entertainment fueling personal growth - an
intriguing path to enriching your life and (hopefully) to
creating a better world is in your hands."
Frank G. Sommers, M.D., FRCPC
Psychiatrist and Film-maker
"E-Motion Picture Magic thoughtfully
considers the many uses of movies for inner work. Joseph Campbell
showed us the power of myth to help us understand ourselves,
now Birgit Wolz reveals the healing possibilities of cinema.
This book reveals the many benefits of exploring favorite
films to learn about our emotional lives. Dr. Wolz draws on
her experiences leading cinema therapy groups to show us how
movies reflect our psychological dramas.
Jonathan Young, Ph.D., Psychologist
Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives