Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Jan 25, 2010

Friday Night Lights, Psychoanalyzed

Psychology Today: Unraveling Mind Through Film

"... As supporting evidence of this positive psychological contagion, consider a factoid from a recent PBS special on happiness: the happy mental state of a person three degrees removed from you (your friend's friend's friend) can impact your mental state. Friedman suggested that a father was enough to stop a terrorist. "Friday Night Lights" takes this notion and runs with it. This show says, imagine that terrorist's father running for mayor and "fathering" an entire community - mental health and stability would spread like wildfire. Just ask Tim, Matt, Smash and Tyra.

Recommendation: The rich characters, sharp writing and complex issues will make you smarter as well as more entertained." ...

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reel-therapy/201001/friday-night-lights-positive-institutions-and-contagious-happiness

This fascinating article on 'positive institutitions' in our society selected our favorite show and analyzed it, in terms of a previous article on 'raising a terrorist" and the values of a local force that might turn the tide. And then, it highly recommends tuning in.

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