25 episodes

Two professionals in the field of psychology from wildly different theoretical and practical orientations getting together to take a look at the dark side of the human condition.

Psychology After Dark Dr. Jessica Micono and Dr. David Morelos

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Two professionals in the field of psychology from wildly different theoretical and practical orientations getting together to take a look at the dark side of the human condition.

    Episode 24 - Waco Part 1: The "Bad" Guys

    Episode 24 - Waco Part 1: The "Bad" Guys

    On February 28th, 1993, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms attempted to serve a warrant on a religious group at their compound outside of Waco, Texas. Known as the Branch Davidians, the group was an offshoot of the Seventh Day Adventists who had left the organization and banded together under the leadership of a Bulgarian immigrant named Victor Houteff in 1930. Through a series of intrigues and internal battles, control of the group landed with Vernon Howell, the young man who would become known to the world as David Koresh. When the ATF raided the compound looking for illegal weapons, it kicked off a 51 day standoff that would leave four ATF agents and 76 Branch Davidians dead. Where is the line that separates a group of religious believers and a cult? How do cult leaders persuade people to believe in them in the face of immoral and even illegal behavior? Does labeling a group as a cult serve to stigmatize people with beliefs outside of the religious mainstream? Join Drs. Micono and Morelos they discuss the siege at Waco, Part 1: The “Bad” Guys.

    • 46 min
    Episode 23 - Conspiracy Theories

    Episode 23 - Conspiracy Theories

    In December of 2019, medical officials began noticing several mysterious cases of pneumonia in residents of Wuhan, China. As they began to investigate, patterns started to emerge. On January 11th, 2020, China reported its first death associated with a novel coronavirus. By January 30th, just one month after the disease was first reported in China, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency. The virus continued to spread quickly, ferociously infecting countries like Italy, Iran, and Spain. On March 11th, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In the midst of the chaos and panic, several conspiracy theories started to emerge as people around the globe struggled to make sense of the events. Why do we believe in conspiracy theories? Can a conspiracy theory help us to feel in control during times of panic, or does it simply serve to make our collective anxiety worse? What can current conspiracy theories about COVID-19 teach us about our own psychology? Join Drs. Micono and Morelos as they discuss our fascination with conspiracy theories.

    • 49 min
    Episode 22 - The Stuff of Nightmares

    Episode 22 - The Stuff of Nightmares

    At the age of 10, Dr. Micono had a nightmare that she clung to the Colossus of Rhodes while the island was shaken by a terrifying earthquake. The images and feelings from this dream would go on to influence her for the rest of her life. Most of us can remember at least one dream or nightmare that haunts us. As we continue to wrestle with the effects of the pandemic, many of us have been experiencing unusually intense and profound dreams. What is the nature of dreaming? Do our dreams and nightmares have significant meaning? Are we being given information about ourselves through these experiences that can be useful to us or is this just the business of the brain trying to process day-to-day information? Join Drs. Micono and Morelos as they explore the stuff of nightmares (and dreams)!!!

    • 49 min
    Episode 21 - The War of the Worlds Mass Panic

    Episode 21 - The War of the Worlds Mass Panic

    On October 30th, 1938, a young actor by the name of Orson Welles, in collaboration with a number of other radio actors, presented a dramatization of H.G. Wells’ famous novel, War of the Worlds. According to legend, many people, believing that the show was a genuine news broadcast, began to panic. As the story of the mass panic grew, it developed into a much larger and darker narrative. What is the nature of mass hysteria? What can trigger our sense of self-preservation so deeply that we turn on each other? How does mass media and the way we receive information play into what we fear the most? Join us as Drs. Micono and Morelos explore the 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast and the concept of mass panic.

    • 41 min
    Episode 20 - The Sandy Hook Shooting

    Episode 20 - The Sandy Hook Shooting

    On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed Nancy Lanza, Rachel D’Avino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Leigh Soto, Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine Hsu, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, Ana Marquez-Greene, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler, and Allison Wyatt in one of the worst mass shootings in US history. What drives someone to target their rage on our most vulnerable population? How does mental illness tie into this kind of violence? Why do tragedies like Sandy Hook appear to be an increasing occurrence in the US? This week Drs. Micono and Morelos discuss Adam Lanza and the Sandy Hook shooting with mass shooter expert, Dr. Heather Morris.

    • 55 min
    Episode 19 - Abu Ghraib

    Episode 19 - Abu Ghraib

    After the fall of Saddam Hussein’s brutal dictatorship in Iraq, American forces requisitioned a number of prisons he had once used to house prisoners suspected of terrorism against American soldiers. A series of leaked photographs of American soldiers and prisoners would bring US forces into the world spotlight for their own human rights abuses. How responsible are soldiers for their actions in the chaos of war? Can our environment explain extreme acts of brutality? Join us this week as Drs. Micono and Morelos discuss the human rights abuses of Abu Ghraib.

    • 49 min

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