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Department

Leadership and Organizational Studies

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Elizabeth Goryunova

Keywords

cinematherapy, self-leadership, movies, cinema, psychotherapy

Abstract

The primary purpose of this integrative review is to explore the relationship between the psychotherapeutic tool of cinematherapy and the development or enhancement of self-leadership. Cinematherapy is the process or practice of psychotherapists instructing their clients to watch films relevant to issues of personal distress and dysfunction and provide some pathway toward advancing therapeutic gain (Berg-Cross, Jennings, & Baruch, 1990). Self-Leadership is an individual self-influence process whereby the individual practices strategies to enhance individual self-awareness and intrinsic motivation and then develops habitual positive though pattern (Manz, 1986; Zimmerman, 1990).

This researcher conducted a comprehensive review of existing literature representing various aspects related to cinematherapy and self-leadership. This research findings include a plethora of examples supporting the use of cinematherapy as a viable psychotherapeutic tool in assisting individuals to develop the skills necessary to be leaders in their own lives. Despite an abundance of empirical data, implications for this study provide context within current literature and identify the need for continued research on the topic.

Keywords: cinematherapy, film, leadership, psychotherapy, self-leadership, therapy

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2022 Thinking Matters Symposium

The primary purpose of this integrative review is to explore the relationship between the psychotherapeutic tool of cinematherapy and the development or enhancement of self-leadership. Cinematherapy is the process or practice of psychotherapists instructing their clients to watch films relevant to issues of personal distress and dysfunction and provide some pathway toward advancing therapeutic gain (Berg-Cross, Jennings, & Baruch, 1990). Self-Leadership is an individual self-influence process whereby the individual practices strategies to enhance individual self-awareness and intrinsic motivation and then develops habitual positive though pattern (Manz, 1986; Zimmerman, 1990).

This researcher conducted a comprehensive review of existing literature representing various aspects related to cinematherapy and self-leadership. This research findings include a plethora of examples supporting the use of cinematherapy as a viable psychotherapeutic tool in assisting individuals to develop the skills necessary to be leaders in their own lives. Despite an abundance of empirical data, implications for this study provide context within current literature and identify the need for continued research on the topic.

Keywords: cinematherapy, film, leadership, psychotherapy, self-leadership, therapy

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