‘First Man’ Takes a Giant Leap for Psychology, According to a Therapist

Ryan Gosling's portrayal of Neil Armstrong is less about space and more about how men process and cope with grief.

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Ryan Gosling’s latest film First Man is less about space and more about how men process and cope with grief.

Therapist Jonathan Hetterly explores the film’s portrayal of Neil Armstrong’s ascension through NASA to become the first man on the moon. This week’s Psych Cinema unpacks the film’s psychological elements of post-traumatic growth, grief, loss, and emotion regulation/expression. 

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Psych Cinema is our video series where licensed professional counselor Jonathan Hetterly explores the psychology behind the films that he watches and loves.

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