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Life lessons from The Truman Show: parenting, adolescence and the therapeutic process

Kegerreis, Sue (2022) 'Life lessons from The Truman Show: parenting, adolescence and the therapeutic process.' Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 48 (1). pp. 110-122. ISSN 0075-417X

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Abstract

In this paper, the 1998 film The Truman Show is considered as a parable about parenting, adolescence, and patients’ struggle to break free of defensive structures. The central conceit of the film is that Truman lives in a world entirely created by, and under the control of the show's director, Christof, with all the other characters in his life being actors playing semi-scripted parts. The paper explores how this resonates with the problems faced by all parents when it comes to allowing their children freedom to develop independently and to face the realities of life; the difficulties faced by all adolescents leaving latency behind to encounter themselves more fully; and the therapeutic task with all patients of relinquishing the relative safety created by symptoms and projective mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parenting; adolescence; defensive structures; film; false self
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2022 15:30
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 06:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32468

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