Therapist Reacts to CORALINE

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How do you stand up to folks making an attempt to influence you? How do you do the right thing even when you are frightened?

Licensed therapist Jonathan Decker and movie maker Alan Seawright compare Coraline’s real mom and other mom to speak about what good parenting looks like and how to stand up to manipulators and dread. They discuss how Coraline is the most scary childrens’ motion picture they have ever seen, the astonishing stop-motion design and color palettes, and the threat of just making an attempt to escape actuality or your difficulties. Particularly if that escape includes button eyes.

Cinema Therapy is:
Authored by: Megan Seawright, Jonathan Decker, and Alan Seawright
Produced by: Jonathan Decker, Megan Seawright, Alan Seawright, and Sophie Tellez
Edited by: Trevor Horton
Director of Photography: Bradley Olsen
English Transcription by: Anna Preis

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  1. This movie gave me an irrational fear of four holed buttons. Mostly because the idea of your eyes being either gouged out or having a buttom litterally sewn into your eyeball terrified the hell out of me

  2. “golubushka” is “my dear” in Russian, though the direct translation is “a bird”

  3. He’s eccentric!😂

  4. Be friends with assholes, at least you know where they stand is horrible advice haha

  5. 16:13 Fun Fact: In cursive, a double loop in the “o” means the word is a lie. There is no double loop in “Welcome,” but there is a double loop in “Home.” This means Coraline is welcome in the other world, but she isn’t truly home.

  6. I’d love to hear your thoughts on Boyhood, I think it’s so interesting from a film making perspective and so much to unpack from a therapy perspective.

  7. I’m so excited. Coraline has been my all time favorite movie since was like, probably way too young, although I did find it too spooky when I was v young. Even hearing the soundtrack in the intro and the scenes has got me all giddy and pure joy just pumping through my veins.

    As someone who had loving, but admittedly emotionally negligent parents, who sometimes, rather, maybe too often, felt much like Coraline’s parents, and as an only child, one who definitely delved in escapism and the imagination and sort of building my own world to hide away from shit going on that I wasn’t aware of being emotional abuse and similar issues around me such as trauma, I suppose maybe something about Coraline really struck a cord with me. Maybe something inside me knew it was important to listen to, or just recognized the similarities.

    More likely is I have a fascination with claymation and the more absurdist horror, such as Nightmare Before Christmas, the other movie that shaped my childhood and adult life greatly, and of which I’m also lowkey obsessed with. Maybe both, to some degree. I don’t know. All I know is Coraline embodies so much of the things I love more than anything in this world, aesthetically, from the music, the uncomfortable joy, that sickly sweet feelings, the reality bending, the fact she may have never escaped the Beldam, the claymation style and general aesthetic, the bugs and the needles and the dolls, the Beldam herself, the buttons and horror of having them sewed into your eyes, the resilience of Coraline in the face of such injustice and manipulation, just, it shaped my childhood so so much.

    Like, I can’t even put it into words. I’m major excited to actually see what you guys get out of it. I struggle to really psycho-analyze it because I love it so, I get lost in the wonder of it all, and my love for whimsical horror, and sorta just get swept away, haha.

    Sorry for rambling, I genuinely just adore this movie so much, I’m super giddy to listen, lol.

  8. Whenever you see the word “equity,” you know that you are dealing with evil Communist monsters. Promoting “Equity” is literally just an excuse that Communists have used throughout history to seize citizen’s private property and all of the farmland in order to #1 enrich the elite ruling class, #2 establish more tyrannical control over the people, and #3 discourage population growth. Take a good look at what “equity” did to Zimbabwe. Mugabe brutally murdered all of the white farmers and seized their land, then the economy completely collapsed, and now China controls the land and black people didn’t get FUCKING SHIT (similar to how BLM didn’t do a single fucking thing to help black people). IT’S STRAIGHT OUT OF THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO. FIGHT FOR FREEDOM; FIGHT COMMUNISM!…..zhzu

  9. I saw that same video from this one girl

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