As my sixth year blogging “Minding Therapy” comes to a close, I offer additional thoughts and/or updates to 10 of the most frequently visited posts.
Did you know that the movie was based not on a book by Stephen King but his short story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”?
An excerpt from the story‘s coverage by SparkNotes.com:
Hope, more than anything else, drives the inmates at Shawshank and gives them the will to live. Andy’s sheer determination to maintain his own sense of self-worth and escape keeps him from dying of frustration and anger in solitary confinement. Hope is an abstract, passive emotion, akin to the passive, immobile, and inert lives of the prisoners. Andy sets about making hope a reality in the form of the agonizing progress he makes each year tunneling his way through his concrete cell wall.
Since writing this post, there are additional resources online. Here are some I recently found:
Psychologist Rachel Mallory, writing on the website of the British Columbia Psychological Association, hated the movie because the therapist violates ethics when she becomes romantically involved with her client—a dynamic that scarcely had worried film reviewers, she adds.
Some of her perceptions regarding the therapist’s actions:
…Abuse of power, exploitation of a vulnerable person, violation of basic ethical principles, grounds for being terminated from a graduate program, career-ending for the therapist and potentially devastating for the patient. All the trained therapists I talked to about this movie agreed, wholesale…
However, when I complained about this plot twist to non-therapists, they thought I was overreacting…
This disconnect between the dictates of the professional codes of conduct, and at least some of the public perception of sexual relationships between therapists and patients, is concerning to say the least…
The reality is that forgiveness often requires a deep process of grieving and healing that looks and feels different for everyone. There is no prescribed timeframe, no generalized benchmark for the forgiveness process. It takes as long as it takes. And what’s more, some people may never get to the point where they feel like they can or want to forgive someone who has hurt them. And that’s okay, too.