Clinical psychologist Cheryl Arutt specializes in trauma recovery and creative artist issues.
In our audio interview, she talks about many topics, such as:
“Bad boy” images and acting-out
Actors and actresses with “bad boy” or “troubled” images, or problems with issues of anger and acting out, have included Christian Bale, Shia Labeouf and many other talented performers.
Dr. Arutt comments about this kind of behavior, and the underlying emotional challenges, that so many people have – not just actors and performers.
A difficult childhood and trauma
Actor William H. Macy once commented, “Nobody became an actor because he had a good childhood.” Dr. Arutt agrees that is a provocative remark, and thinks that actors and other artists who are willing, in their creative work, to delve into the really “messy” feelings of being human (shame, devastations, disappointments, betrayals, traumas and more), probably have a relationship with those feelings.
Read more and listen to a brief sample from our longer audio interview :