Psychologists of "Casos de Familia" explain behind-the-scenes details and regret the ending: "It can help"

Psychologists of “Casos de Familia” explain behind-the-scenes details and regret the ending: “It can help”

Psychologist Anahi Damiko worked as a consultant on “Family Issues”

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Regardless of whether you are a captive audience or not, the mere fact that you reside in the corners of the Brazilian internet has put you in touch with something from SBT’s “Casos de Família”. Memos with introduction by Christina Rocha, rumors that issues were set up, videos of fights, hilarious moments or the classic montage of ‘Casos de Família’ on the sound of ‘Sweet Dreams’ show the success of the attraction that has been on the air for 18 years.

Last Tuesday, 23, SBT announced, through a statement, the cancellation of the program.

“It looks like something was stolen from me,” psychologist Anahy D’Amico, who has been on the program since its inception, comments in 2004, when she was still offered by Regina Volpato and didn’t have a consistent therapy advisor.

In an exclusive interview with a landthe psychologist hands over those who are surprised by the end of the program, but says she is grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a “human” project.

He adds, “There were many issues that left us on leaving the recording very upset, because we felt helpless. We see how society gets sick at many points; and how strange relationships are, without respect.”

Read the full interview below.

Terra: I’ve been on the show since Regina Volpato hosted it. How do you rate all these years of “family issues” on air?

Anahi Damiko: I have been from the start. I joined in 2004, at a time when I was working a different psychiatrist every day, until I got a suggestion to stay put. Five years later, Christina Rocha reunited and we were together for thirteen years. In fact, no one imagined that this program would be on the air for so many years. It’s a very dynamic, and very curious, program that mixes happy, sad, and horrific things. I think it had a very laxative effect. People watched what was happening on the show and said, ‘No, my life is very good compared to what I see.’ People ended up arriving at facts they never dreamed of. I think that was the magic of the program.

Did you contact the program participants after registering the modification? Were you able to serve them, or did they look for you on their own?

No, I have no contact with the participants. They arrived and stayed in rooms, in separate dressing rooms. We only saw each other when we entered the program. When I came, they always said, “Doctor, can we have a conversation later, and have a conversation with you, okay?”. And always at the end of the program they come to talk to me, often cry and ask for help or seek care. It always happened, but before [do programa] There was no way, because we stayed in different places.

“We have taken several cases that have been arranged, but the program has not been arranged. They have been arranged for fun, for a fee, to be able to appear on TV”

When did you realize that “family issues” were so dear to viewers?

I have never worked on television. It took me a while to go first, because they called the office looking for different psychologists, because, as I said, before that there was one for each programme. So, it took me a while to go, but I didn’t have a lot of ideas about things. I would go in there, record the program, leave and do my desk and work. Over time, I saw the popularity I was gaining, which I had no idea about. Through social networks, Instagram channel and YouTube, how many people came to say that they did not miss the program, and that they had a lot of affection towards Christina; who loved, enjoyed, cried and saw himself in those situations; It ended up with many problems. We talked about everything: infidelity, infidelity, family quarrels, addiction … these are the problems that families have. So people really get to know each other a lot. And when they saw things like that, too shocking or too ridiculous, they would say, “Oh, my life is good.”

How do you see the spread of the “today’s topic” as a meme on social networks, as well as other unusual situations in the program?

The topics were really interesting. The day I saw the topic “I take so many morning-after pills that I’m already in 2052,” I laughed for half an hour. They had the creativity to create these traits, so it was really obvious that it was going to become a meme. Mimi became there five hundred thousand times.

Many people insisted that the program was “armed”. Did you participate in the selection of cases? How did you prepare to give the appropriate advice in each case? Was it on time or were there preparations in advance?

They always said he was armed. This is the first thing people ask me. There came a time when we were upset. If you have any idea how to setup the program. The boys went to the communities, and the apprentices interviewed people and neighbours. Then they went to the SBT, participated in a selection, and were interviewed both together and separately, to see if they did not fall into a contradiction. Now, people would never understand that the entire team that did this work didn’t have a crystal ball. We took many cases combined, but the software was not integrated. They gathered for fun, for a salary, to be able to go on TV. I did not participate in the selection. I always went there in the day to register and sometimes I didn’t even know the topic. All I talked about was what I picked up there at the time. Sometimes he changed the subject, because the story ended in another direction. They would talk about a quarrel, about a neighbor, and they would end up talking about betrayal and the topic would change. It was something so dynamic that there was no way to set it up, no way to save a text like that.

“The day I saw the topic ‘I take so many morning-after pills that I’m already in 2052,’ I laughed for half an hour. It’s obviously going to be a meme.”

Is there a story or participant that marked you out or made you realize in some way how sick our community is?

Oh…! I have marked many cases. Child rejections, homophobia, that mistreatment of the family… they were always very painful programs for us to record. Mothers who openly spoke that they do not love their children, that they do not want their children. Or a program for children who abused their mothers…I can’t even name one, there were many topics that left us leaving the recording very upset, because we felt helpless, seeing how sick society is at many points, such as embarrassing and disrespectful relationships. People who stay with bad people, their relationships are highly toxic, toxic people without even having a clue about it. Our struggle has always been for them to wake up, to see them, so that after watching the program they see how they talk, how they act, because sometimes seeing each other has a different effect.

Given all these years of experience in the program, what do you think are the biggest problems for Brazilians, when it comes to personal and family relationships, related to mental health?

We have always discovered many social problems, lack of education and insecurity. All family dilemmas: girls giving birth too early, teenage pregnancy; mothers who had to work and could not even take care of many things, because they were worried about survival; The drug problem … we discovered infinite problems. What I thought was a great idea was that I worked as a consultant on the program, I was given advice, but they saw their feelings as acceptable. They were listened to and there was complete interest in helping them resolve these conflicts, improve coexistence, make decisions that make them suffer less, not stay in abusive relationships, look for a job, be independent….

“I always went there in the day to score and sometimes I didn’t even know the topic. All I talked about was what I picked up there at the time”

How do you feel now that the show is over? After all, it was 18 years of the daily program, a life dedicated to gravity.

There was a very big void, because I’ve been doing this for eighteen years, I’ve made many friends who came with me in the heart and we’d meet, but this routine was a nice routine. I have always done this program with great pleasure. I always found it very interesting, and very human. I really saw how much I could help, because it didn’t end there. People called me, emailed me, and texted me. It was really fun for me. And just to think about it now, this week…because it was a lot like this: It’s over, he doesn’t score anymore and that’s the end…something seems to have been snatched from me. But I am only grateful for the opportunity, and the growth I had. It’s such a pleasure that people come over, give me affection, hug me, talk about how much help they’ve had through my work on the program, through the program itself. I think I will miss her very much. It will take some time to get used to its demise.

What are your plans for the future? Is something already cast on TV or the Internet, for example?

I am open to whatever comes. When one cycle closes, another opens, another starts, and it starts over, so I am open. I have my YouTube channel, I have a new book project, I have my online course The Journey of Transformation, and I have my appointments. I have many things to do and am open to everything that comes.

* Edited by Estella Marquez.

Source: Editora Terra

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