Listener Feedback for the October 29, 2005 broadcast
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In response to our Oct. 29 interview with Houston psychologist and Media Watch chair Harriet Schultz, Michael Smith from Westerly, RI, writes:
I enjoyed Weekend America's discussion about the American Psychological Association's response to the way therapists are portrayed in films. I was disappointed, however, that your guest never mentioned my favorite on screen therapist - Bruce Willis's character from "The Sixth Sense". Personally, I think he's an interesting variation on the "wounded healer". Here's a therapist who was so distraught about not being able to save one of his clients, he actually came back from the dead to save another.
Timothy Drouhardte from Durham, NC, writes:
Harriet Schultz, from the APA did make one point on your show this past weekend, but perhaps not the one she'd hoped for. While she shows great concern for how psychiatrists are often portrayed in movies as evil, too friendly, or recovering from personal struggle, she fails to see the bigger picture: this is how garbage men, teachers, presidents, and air force pilots are portrayed in movies, too... along with everyone else. They're movies, for goodness' sake, and the APA needs to dedicate its time to better thinking. Harriet's only serving to reinforce the more dangerous stereotype that shrinks always see things where there's nothing to see.
In response to Peter Grove's reading of "The Frog", Timothy Riggs from Durham, NC, had this to say:
"The Frog" was a great scary story as Peter Grove told it. It was also a great scary story as Ray Bradbury wrote it. It's several decades since I read the story, so I'm not prepared to say which version is better, but I think Bradbury should have got some credit.
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Posted by Josh Berman on October 29, 2005