Addicted to Life, Written and directed by Pola Rapaport (2022), reviewed by David Newman

Addicted to Life: Written and directed by Pola Rapaport (2022)

Reviewed by David Newman

Newman, D. (2023). Review essay: Addicted to Life, written and directed by Pola Rapaport. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, (1), 0–0.


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  1. Barry Sullivan

    Two sections of your review essay stood out for me:
    1. You speak about the concept of being “better placed to step lightly to one side” to privilege the story of the person proceeding with euthanasia. I think there are probably other life situations where the sensitivity of stepping lightly to one side to privilege another story would be both possible and appropriate
    2. Your list of seven dot points that illustrate “the diverse meanings that surround contemplating dying and suicide”. You shared some of this with me in your response to my paper and it’s useful for me to have these ideas expanded. This has opened my eyes to the possibility of my being inadvertently recruited to ‘suicidism’ via my years of working within a mainstream helping service. There is a sense of fear for workers around encountering a client contemplating suicide and maybe an imperative to ‘talk them out of it’, resulting in a lack of awareness of and openness to “diverse meanings”

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