Clinical Psychology as Read in the Media: Loving Manga and Anime and Nurturing Healthy Minds
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Animation has various psychological effects on the people who view it. Receptivity to animation depends on the viewer’s developmental stage, and animation can play a supportive role for people who have mental issues. On the other hand, an animator’s psychological developmental themes can have demonstrable effects on the animation, and this aspect can be explained in psychological terms. Moreover, animation can be understood as a clue for deciphering the mental issues of the modern age.
The author discusses several manga and animation pieces’ relevance to 13 topics, such as identity, withdrawal, recovery from mental illness, self-harm, and life struggles, and he comments on mental issues from his lifecycle.