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In the cinema, my father's unspeakable childhood finally surfaced

• arclein
In the 1970s, Scheff studied mainstream psychiatric approaches to mental illness and 'became convinced … that any system of treatment would be incomplete if it were based entirely upon professional therapists'. He began researching more informal approaches to therapy, particularly group therapies, which led him to consider the role of drama and ritual in emotional healing, and in particular the cathartic process. Decades earlier, Freud and Josef Breuer had attempted to theorise catharsis in relation to