Resource Type: Films

PsychAlive has produced a vast selection of educational documentary films on topics of relationships, parenting, self-development and violence and suicide prevention. We welcome you to browse through our selection of available documentaries.

The Science of Emotion: An Interview with Jaak Panksepp

Dr. Jaak Panksepp is a renowned neuroscientist and psychobiologist, and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions (1998) as well as Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (with Lucy Bevin) (2012). In describing his… Read more »

Early Attachment and Trauma: An Interview with Dr. Felicity de Zulueta

Dr. Felicity de Zulueta is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst, who specializes in trauma and attachment patterns. Dr. de Zulueta developed and headed the Traumatic Stress Service at the Maudsley Hospital in London, where she is the Emeritus Consultant Physician. She has been an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Traumatic Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry and Kings College London. Additionally,… Read more »

Dr. Peter Levine and the Somatic Experiencing Approach to Trauma

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. is a prominent expert in the field of Trauma. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and the Director of The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Dr. Levine holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and in Psychology. He spent 35 years studying stress and trauma and has contributed to numerous scientific… Read more »

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: An Interview with Donna Rockwell

Donna Rockwell, Psy.D., L.P. is a licensed clinical psychologist, adjunct faculty member, community outreach worker, columnist, and mindfulness meditation teacher. Dr. Rockwell specializes in both mindfulness and celebrity mental health. She works with clients in her private practice and teaches public meditation classes. In this DVD, Dr. Donna Rockwell makes an inspiring case for incorporating mindfulness practices into everyday life. She begins… Read more »

From the Polarized Mind to Awe: An Existential Humanistic Approach to Life: An Interview with Dr. Kirk Schneider

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. is a leading spokesperson for existential-humanistic psychology and the recent past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Dr. Schneider is an adjunct faculty member of the Existential-Humanistic Institute and the author/editor of 10 books, includingThe Polarized Mind and Awakening to Awe. In this DVD, Dr. Kirk Schneider offers his insights… Read more »

An Existential Approach to Dealing with Emotional Trauma: An Interview with Robert Stolorow

Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst and philosopher, well known for his works on intersubjectivity theory, post-Cartesian psychoanalysis, and emotional trauma. He is a Founding Faculty Member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, and at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York City. He is the author and co-author of several books, including World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis (2011)… Read more »

Hunger Versus Love

Subtitle: A Perspective on Parent-Child Relations. In this program, Dr. Robert Firestone clarifies the distinction between parental behavior that leads to an anxious attachment in children and behavior that promotes a secure attachment. Participants in a parenting discussion group explore the destructive effects of emotional hunger, both from a perspective of their own childhood experiences… Read more »

Invisible Child Abuse

A compelling program that sheds light on patterns of emotional child abuse that have been largely neglected in our focus on physical and sexual abuse. Throughout the program, the participants reveal that despite their successes, they continue to treat themselves the way they were treated as children. The damage they sustained in growing up, whiles… Read more »

Parental Ambivalence

Parents are people who exist in a state of conflict between fulfilling themselves as unique individuals on the one hand, and limiting their lives on the other. Because mothers and fathers have both positive and negative feelings toward themselves, they have both tender, nurturing feelings and covert aggressive feelings toward their children. To be effective,… Read more »

Teaching Our Children About Feelings

This film features a lively discussion between several young teenagers, ages 13-14, and Dr. Robert Firestone about the importance of being in touch with one’s feelings and developing the ability to communicate feelings to others, including one’s competitive feelings. This informative film examines themes often neglected in our educational system. This program is recommended for… Read more »