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Scholarly Article

Debarghya Chakraborty

Psychotherapy: A Key to Self-discovery in Dear Zindagi

Depression, Insomnia, Patriarchy, Psychotherapy, Repression, Self.


Though it is shameful to have tabooed psychological problems in Indian society, Dear Zindagi portrays the journey of a budding woman cinematographer who is unable to release her struggle with inner impulses, maladjustments, repressions of social environment, inhibition of emotions, anger outwardly, suffers from insomnia, neurosis and depression. In Kaira's quest for self-discovery, she seeks to discover herself in the social virus of patriarchy. This article will explore the nuances of mental blocks in the amygdala from the perspectives of Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Stekel, Otto Rank's concept of Trauma of Birth and Rank's concept of will. This article will examine the innovative and empathetic techniques of the conversational periods between the client and the counsellor from the four stages of Adlerian therapy. This article is meant to project the necessity of psychotherapy which facilitates a woman's self-actualization and unlocks her unique creative self as a film director embracing her life.

About the Author

Debarghya Chakraborty is a past pupil of the Department of English, Netaji Mahavidyalaya, the University of Burdwan and has completed a Master of Arts in English from the Department of English & Culture Studies, the University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India. He has keen interest in trauma studies, memory studies, masculinity studies etc. He may be contacted at

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