Healing Cinema: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
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Jungian Analysts Judith Cooper and Daniel Ross discuss Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s 2014 film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). They touch on:
- Innocence and inflation
- Mark Sabans’ Two Souls Alas: Carl Jung’s Two Personalities and the Making of Analytical Psychology (Listen to our interview with Mark Saban)
- The Trickster
- Men’s relationship to dependency
- Sylvia Perea’s The Scapegoat Complex
- Individuation needs and the “unlived life”
- Fantasy and imagination
Judith Cooper, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and diplomate Jungian Analyst in private practice in Chicago. She is a graduate and member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. She was adjunct faculty at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (1999-2000), teaching projective testing. She was clinical supervisor (1991-2002) and director of training (1998-2002) of an APA-accredited psychology internship program at a community mental health center in northwest Indiana. She has taught in the Analyst Training Program and lectured on the anima/animus, and the clinical use of film.
Daniel Ross, RN, PMHNP, MSN, MBA has been a nurse for 40 years and in hospice for over 30. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Jungian Analyst, he brings a medical, psychiatric, and analytical perspective to the field of end-of-life care. He first completed the two-year Clinical Training Program (now the JPP/JSP) at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago then went on to complete the Analyst Training Program. He is in private practice in the northwest suburbs working with adults seeking psychotherapy and continues to see hospice and palliative care patients at the end of life. He is Co-Director of the Jungian Psychotherapy Program and Jungian Studies Program at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago.
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Executive Producer: Ben Law
Host: Patricia Martin
Contributors: Judith Cooper & Daniel Ross
Music: Michael Chapman
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I loved this movie! I was driving through Nashville, TN when I listened to this episode. I couldn’t help laughing out loud as I saw the “Batman Building” driving north on I-65. The unspoken association between Michael Keaton and his past role as Batman just seems like a huge elephant in the room to me. So funny. Thanks,