Psychology of Simba: The Lion King’s Portrayal of Trauma


The Psychology of Simba

Not only does Simba witness his father’s death, but he feels responsible for it due to the narrative told to him by his Uncle Scar.

Simba from The Lion King is a perfect example of the effects of trauma and practices to cope with these effects.

In today’s Psych Cinema, therapist Jonathan Hetterly breaks down the psychology of Simba, including the concept of how trauma creates guilt/shame, fear or avoidance, or exposure and desensitization.

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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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