Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW weighs in on the glamorization of self-harm as portrayed in the show “Sharp Objects”
With all of that in mind, Sharp Objects is taking on a tricky task by attempting to focus a series on self-harm without glamorizing the practice to vulnerable viewers. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW, a licensed psychologist and clinical social worker, broke down what glamorizing self-harm really means:
The nature of glamorization is that there is something relatable about the actor to the life of the viewer, and the viewer may deem self-harm behavior as an adequate option in relieving their distress. The same goes for the glamorization of suicide.
Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW says there is a way that shows can approach the topic of self-harm without glamorizing it at all:
In the event that shows are going to depict self-harm as a central topic, it is imperative that there is a significant educational component to what the function of the self-harm behavior is for the actor and that the actor is able to get adequate professional help on the show. Shows that portray self-harm should utilize this as a platform of education for those viewers who have considered self-harm.
What Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW says is that shows basically glamorize self-harm when they present self-harm in a relatable or somehow beneficial way, and the most important thing a show about self-harm can do is to educate viewers about the affliction.
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