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From a letter I wrote to a friend:

In the movie Ordinary People, a family has lost their older son in a boating accident, and the younger son (played by Timothy Hutton) goes to see a psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch). It’s a town in Illinois, and Hutton goes upstairs in an office building to a hallway where the psychiatrist’s office is located. He’s standing front of the door (psychiatrist’s name on the frosted glass) when another door, farther down the hall, opens and Hirsch sticks his head out. He says that he’s the psychiatrist Hutton is to see, and to come on in.

So Hutton goes in and they begin the session. Hutton sees his (emotional) problems as a lack of control, so he’s telling Hirsch that he’s come in hopes of increasing his control of his emotions. Uh-oh. Hirsch explains that first, perhaps, they should explore what’s happened and see whether more control really is the answer.

And, of course, it turns out not to be the answer. The movie has nicely symbolized this: Hutton expects that he will go through the obvious door, but it turns out that a different door is opened and is the one he needs to go through.

That sort of thing happens with Pilates: you think you’re just going to get more fit, but it turns out that other doors open.

Written by LeisureGuy

28 March 2012 at 4:14 pm

Posted in Movies & TV, Pilates

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