We need to see more psychotherapy in fiction

Why don’t we see much psychotherapy in fictional works? I surmise we mistakenly believe that a fictional character going into psychological therapy doesn’t make for a good story. Talk therapy, the most known form of psychotherapy, doesn’t generate much imagery or movement. And besides the common thinking that a well-adjusted character isn’t all that exciting,…

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: When positive thinking is not enough

Ah, the genius that isĀ Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. A dark comedy, the Netflix show centers on Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) — a survivor of kidnapping, cult mind-conditioning, and (implied) sexual assault who tries to shrug away her trauma by choosing to embody a Disney-like optimism. Cue in the bright clothes, the Disney princess musical numbers; the cartoon…

The face in the mirror

I started watching Please Like Me via Netflix around the time Chester Bennington took his own life. It may have been a coincidence but the show and the Linkin Park frontman’s unfortunate passing did share underlying themes of mental illness and the grasp it has on those afflicted with it. On the surface, Please Like…

Could pro-social behavior change victim-minded individuals?

Is there a way to save victim-minded individuals? I came up with this question yesterday morning, March 25, 2014, when I went to a seminar on “The Psychology of Justice Sensitivity and Cross-Cultural Differences” by German researcher Simona Maltese at De La Salle University. I almost didn’t go because I wasn’t that interested in the…

Some ways our fashion sense helps our inner world

A woman in an evacuation center after Typhoon Yolanda swept through the Philippines puzzled a priest when she passed him by. Her bright red lipstick stood out among the scene of typhoon survivors lining up for relief goods and claiming their own spot in the center, where they would most likely be spending the next…

Yes, grief from losing your pet is real

Two weeks ago, I wrapped a friend in newspaper and put him in a rice sack to be buried forever. It was my final goodbye to my dog Achilles. Born an Aspin (short for “Asong Pinoy” or Filipino dog), the barely four-year-old Achilles contracted an acute intestinal infection that eventually took his life in a…