96 episodes

In an effort to educate and normalize, two therapists, Ryan Engelstad and Hayley Roberts, talk candidly about mental health and illness through the lens of movies, music, books, and TV. Common pop culture mental health tropes are analyzed, and the accuracy of their portrayals are in question, for better or worse.

PopPsych can be raw and real, and very serious; it can also be very funny. If we really want to normalize the conversation about mental health, then we need to start having real and normal conversations.

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S3: Ryan+Hayley

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Pop Psych 101 Ryan Engelstad & Dr. Hayley Roberts

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In an effort to educate and normalize, two therapists, Ryan Engelstad and Hayley Roberts, talk candidly about mental health and illness through the lens of movies, music, books, and TV. Common pop culture mental health tropes are analyzed, and the accuracy of their portrayals are in question, for better or worse.

PopPsych can be raw and real, and very serious; it can also be very funny. If we really want to normalize the conversation about mental health, then we need to start having real and normal conversations.

S1: Ryan+Mike
S2: Ryan's Solo Career
S3: Ryan+Hayley

Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poppsych101/support

    #67 Identity and Loss in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    #67 Identity and Loss in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    In this episode, therapists Ryan Englestad and Hayley Roberts discuss characters from the Disney+ series, Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. They explore personal identities that the characters desire and grow into, as well as those that they want to escape, avoid, and change. We also look into social dynamics including privilege, power, and race and how those play into how the characters are perceived and perceive others. Ryan shares a fear of his own that he faced, and Hayley doesn't even try to hide her disgust for one of the show's characters.


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    #66 Narcissistic Abuse in Tangled

    #66 Narcissistic Abuse in Tangled

    Therapist Ryan Engelstad and psychologist Dr. Hayley Roberts discuss the themes of abuse and breaking abuse cycles in the Disney movie Tangled. We also break down our favorite (and surprisingly deep) songs from the movie.


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    #65 Existential Dread in Palm Springs

    #65 Existential Dread in Palm Springs

    Dr. Hayley Roberts and therapist Ryan Engelstad talk about existential dread in the movie (on Hulu) Palm Springs.  We break down the mental health implications of being stuck in a time loop, and what we can learn from these characters that we can apply to being stuck in our own quarantine time loop.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    #64 Attachment Trauma vs Autism Spectrum Disorder in The Queens Gambit

    #64 Attachment Trauma vs Autism Spectrum Disorder in The Queens Gambit

    Therapists Ryan Engelstad and Dr. Hayley Roberts discuss some common misconceptions about Autism Spectrum Disorder, why some people think Beth Harmon fits this diagnosis, why she doesn't, and where the true source of her struggles lies.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Traumatic Grief and Loss in Wandavision

    Traumatic Grief and Loss in Wandavision

    In this episode Ryan welcomes new co-host Dr. Hayley Roberts! We are thrilled to talk about the Disney+ series Wandavision.  We break down Wanda's losses and how traumatic grief differs from other forms of grief.  We analyze how effective superhero shows are at portraying complex mental health issues, and our hopes for these characters going forward.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    #62 Addiction & Treatment Approaches in Bojack Horseman

    #62 Addiction & Treatment Approaches in Bojack Horseman

    In this episode I talk to comedian and podcaster Anthony Jeannot about the animated Netflix series Bojack Horseman.  We talk about how Bojack handles his addiction and treatment process and how much of the fictional rehabilitation center is based in real treatment approaches.  Check out Anthony's podcast! www.highbrowdrivel.com www.anthonyjeannot.com


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    • 59 min

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