What About Bob – Part I
When I need a good dose of humor and a reality check as a counselor, I watch the movie “What About Bob?” Dr. Leo Marvin (played by Richard Dreyfuss) shows just how truly intoxicating the profession of counseling and how that professionalism can become a barrier to connecting with a client. I love Bob (played by Bill Murray).
Another blogger presented a thought-provoking view of what Bob was really searching for, but Dr. Marvin could not see beyond his blind professionalism.
Dysfunctional and imperfect community can be a greater source of healing than the professional and sterile relationship between the therapist (or pastor) and client.
When Bob Wiley first meets Dr. Leo Marvin, it’s in the sterile setting of his therapist’s office on the 44th floor. Dr. Marvin sits behind his monolithic desk with his symbols of success and identity surrounding him. But Bob is taken by Dr. Marvin as a person. He wants to talk, to hang out, to just be with Dr. Marvin. While Bob’s neuroses naturally drive people away, inwardly he hungers for fellowship.” –Jason Zahariades
Here are two movie clips showing Bob and Dr. Marvin’s first meeting. Enjoy!
[There is a little bit of language as Bob suffers from Tourette Syndrome most often associated with random outbursts of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks].
The next clip shows Dr. Marvin’s solution to Bob’s issues. Bob is delighted until he learns that the counselor he has come to quickly depend on and have confidence in is leaving on vacation!