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Sometimes the Answers to Life’s Problems are Found in the Movies

From time to time we are left dazed and confused, clueless about how to be triumphant when confronted with the challenging moments of our lives. We may think that we are the only one going through an overwhelming experience; divorce, death, substance abuse, physical abuse, and parenting issues, just to name a few. Why not watch a movie to get answers to our problems? The movie industry has already produced so many wonderful healing stories with little recognition for their therapeutic power.

Dr. Solomon found that even people who are not in therapy can benefit from viewing movies for their therapeutic value. They can watch a movie in the privacy of their own home. They can stop the movie at any time to re-watch sections of the movie that may have an emotional impact. The movie watcher can cry, scream, rant, or become pensive without the fear of someone interfering or passing their opinion or passing judgement. Dr. Solomon created the term Cinematherapy® to describe the use of movies as therapy. Dr. Solomon’s Cinematherapy® books empower the movie watcher to make their own choices and decisions. Cinematherapy® books help people see and hear things that they might have been unwilling or unable to acknowledge on their own. Movies allow us to suspend our disbelief, get lost in the story, long enough to get the message. They help people begin the healing process and enjoy a special message for personal growth.

Dr. Solomon has loved movies his entire life. Movies have given him the answers to many questions about himself, his past and the people in his life. As a child Dr. Solomon was ostracized by his teachers and fellow students for his illiteracy. He was a latch-key kid and was not given much direction in his dysfunctional home. One way Dr. Solomon learned to relate to the world was through watching movies after school. Since he was unable to read or write, he was unable to do his homework, so he turned his attention to the movies on the television. 

As a psychotherapist, Dr. Solomon would prescribe movies to his patients. He began using movies more and more to help his patients and clients heal from their individual problems. He would challenge his patients to extrapolate therapeutic messages and scenes from the movies. Amazed at how successful movie therapy was, he set out to research the concept and found that very little had been done or written on this idea-certainly nothing had reached the general public.  His first book, The Motion Picture Prescription: watch this movie and call me in the morning, was written as a therapeutic tool for therapists to use for treating patients, clients and groups. He is known as The Movie Doctor®.

Going through a divorce? Watch War of the Roses or The Way We Were: See what can happen when communication is lost or your relationship becomes divided because of differences in the philosophy of life, raising children, money, or maybe sex. Watch as these relationships degenerate over time.

Using drugs or do you know someone who is using drugs? Clean and Sober or The Lady Sings the Blues: Watch how insidious drugs and alcohol can be. Notice the change in the user’s behavior. Watch how the drugs take over the user and how the drug use affects the user’s family, friends, loved ones, co-workers. The drug becomes more important than anything else in the user’s life.

Dr. Solomon later went on to write two more ‘Cinematherapy’® books; Reel Therapy® and Cinemaparenting®.