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Create an enjoyable listener experience about psychological concepts that anyone can easily consume.

    232 | What Makes Something "Creepy?"

    232 | What Makes Something "Creepy?"

    There are feelings that we call "the creeps:" Heightened awareness, the chills, dilated pupils. There are things that are creepy: things in contextually inappropriate places, things that imply a history of violence. And there are characteristics of creepy: greasy and poor hygiene, jobs having to do with death or exploitation, and suggesting predatory sexual behavior. I got creeped out just writing this. However, like most things, these are contextually influenced by our culture. What creeps you out?

    Links: 

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-creepiness-180957093/

    https://www.academia.edu/2465121/Creepiness

    We are on Reddit! https://www.reddit.com/user/WhyWeDoWhatWeDo

    Recommendations

    Abraham: Morels Mobile Game (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/morels/id1396126409)

    Shane: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/36526/house-of-leaves-by-mark-z-danielewski/)

    You can reach us directly at info@wwdwwdpodcast.com, through the comments below OR on social via @wwdwwdpodcast or #wwdwwdpodcast.

    • 50 min
    231 | Vampires

    231 | Vampires

    There are legitimate medical conditions that may have given rise to the myth of vampires. We discuss the history of vampire lore, vampirism in other cultures, and the diseases that may have inspired the concept of vampires.

    Links: 

    https://medium.com/@TheJessicaBugg/common-types-of-vampires-fd3bcaec070f

    https://go.gale.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA248333953&sid=googleScholar&v=2.1&it=r&linkaccess=abs&issn=15354075&p=AONE&sw=w&userGroupName=anon%7E72303989#:~:text=Renfield's%20syndrome%2C%20also%20called%20clinical,being%20a%20vampire%2C%20fetishes%2C%20and

    https://www.history.com/topics/folklore/vampire-history

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/vampire-book_b_1948981

    We are on Reddit! https://www.reddit.com/user/WhyWeDoWhatWeDo

    Recommendations

    Shane: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=matheson&bi=h&bx=off&ds=30&fe=on&sortby=1&sts=t&tn=i+am+legend&x=0&y=0)

    Abraham: Only Murders in the Building (Hulu; https://www.hulu.com/series/only-murders-in-the-building-ef31c7e1-cd0f-4e07-848d-1cbfedb50ddf?cmp=11932&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=CM_SEM_Various+Niche+Originals&utm_term=only%20murders%20in%20the%20building&gclid=Cj0KCQjwnoqLBhD4ARIsAL5JedL7Zf6VRuMYd0lVkUwaJmm4e_f7hG-E6UfRWgDSghnZ_00BWEZERI8aAls8EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds)

    You can reach us directly at info@wwdwwdpodcast.com, through the comments below OR on social via @wwdwwdpodcast or #wwdwwdpodcast.

    • 50 min
    230 | History of Halloween

    230 | History of Halloween

    Halloween is a timeless tradition that offers innocent and sometimes mischievous fun for people of all ages. It’s at time where anyone can mask their identity in place of a playful one, dive into buckets of candy, and wake up the next day with a hell of a hangover or stomachache. However, the commercialized Halloween we know and love today began during the Middle Ages as a pagan festival for the harvest, one in which the changing of the season was associated with connecting with the spirits of the dead. Several celebratory traditions emerged that exist in some form today, and others evolved later as the tradition spread in North America. While some people associate the holiday with darker imagery and messaging, it remains a generally secular holiday that can be accessed by people from all cultures and religions. Although Covid put Halloween on a hiatus in 2020, we are hoping that it returns safely and enjoyably now in 2021!

    Links:
    https://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/a40250/heres-why-we-really-celebrate-halloween/

    https://ababehavioralspecialists.com/halloween-tips/

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/10/forget-poisoned-candy-and-razor-blades-heres-the-real-halloween-horror/

    https://www.faithgateway.com/family-doesnt-celebrate-halloween/#.YUYQ67hKjIX

    https://www.history.com/news/how-americans-became-convinced-their-halloween-candy-was-poisoned

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/30/health/halloween-candy-panic-conversation-wellness/index.html

    https://religionunplugged.com/news/2020/10/27/why-some-religious-people-still-refuse-to-celebrate-halloween

    https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/halloween-around-the-world

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-halloween/2014/10/24/b9b60800-5939-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html

    https://www.romper.com/life/halloween-tattoos


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    Recommendations

    - Shane: AFI - Black Sails in the Sunset and the All Hallows EP (https://open.spotify.com/album/05vHKNdCinN1q1emA34zNY)
    - Abraham: Santa Clarita Diet Petition (https://www.change.org/p/netflix-santa-clarita-diet-netflix)
    - Alan: Jimmy Kimmel post-Halloween prank videos where parents pretend they ate their kids’ candy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YQpbzQ6gzs)
    - Go visit Salem, Massachusetts during the non-Halloween season. Go in late summer or early fall, it’s gorgeous, great food, overlooks the water, and you can rent bikes for free at the Hawthorne Hotel and pedal around to see some of the filming locations from “Hocus Pocus” or just chill in a record store or lobster festival. (https://www.salem.org/)

    You can reach us directly at info@wwdwwdpodcast.com, through the comments below OR on social via @wwdwwdpodcast or #wwdwwdpodcast.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    229 | Low-Grade Mania

    229 | Low-Grade Mania

    This rare disease has been described as "the one you would want to get if you had to have a disorder." Nevertheless, the long-term effects are deleterious. One of the hosts disclosed having this diagnosis. Hypomania is somewhat convoluted and highly associated with more familiar disorders such as bipolar. Find out more in this episode!

    Links:
    1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK519704/table/ch3.t9/
    2. https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-hypomania-how-is-it-diagnosed-380313
    3. https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/mental-health/hypomania/hypomania-statistics/#:~:text=About%2060%25%20of%20people%20with,and%20a%20substance%20use%20disorder
    4. https://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/hypomania-mania-symptoms
    5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355955
    6. https://www.healthline.com/health/mania-vs-hypomania
    7. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0010440X14000510
    8. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0165032710000303
    9. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/208953
    10. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/0514404w

    We are on Reddit! https://www.reddit.com/user/WhyWeDoWhatWeDo

    Recommendations

    Abraham: Wheel of Time Trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fus4Xb_TLg)

    Shane: The Mist (the book https://stephenking.com/works/novella/mist.html AND the moviehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0884328/)

    You can reach us directly at info@wwdwwdpodcast.com, through the comments below OR on social via @wwdwwdpodcast or #wwdwwdpodcast.

    • 47 min
    228 | Psychology's Checkered Bible

    228 | Psychology's Checkered Bible

    Did you know the first attempt to catalog mental health diversity occurred as part of the US Census? Although people had been imprisoning people for "mental health" issues for a century beforehand, the first attempts to categorize neuro-diverse individuals did not begin until the mid 1800s. Once the DSM was established it went through several iterations and conceptual and technological shifts. Learn all about our weird plot-less book!

    Links:

    https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsm/history-of-the-dsm (A brief but relatively comprehensive history of the DSM, omitting any specific diagnoses, also written in reverse chronological order)

    https://youtu.be/UiY6wr--0dE (Crash Course video on the history of DSM; how the US was a supervillain about mental health in the beginning)

    https://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/mental-disorders/dsm-diagnostic-and-statistical-manual-mental-disorders.htm (What the DSM is and how it came to be)

    https://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/diseases/early.html (Timeline of mental hospitals in the US)

    https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ps.53.3.288 (Objectives of DSM revisions)

    Kessler, R. C., Chiu, W. T., Demler, O., Merikangas, K. R., & Walters, E. E. (2005). Prevalence, severity, and comorbidity of 12-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of general psychiatry, 62(6), 617–627. https://doi.org/10.1001/archpsyc.62.6.617 (Rates of Comorbidity in the DSM IV)

    Surís, A., Holliday, R., & North, C. S. (2016). The Evolution of the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders. Behavioral sciences (Basel, Switzerland), 6(1), 5. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs6010005 (in depth history of the DSM)

    https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/apa/72736https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/apa/72736 (Description of the DSM as a “Living Document”

    Kawa, S., & Giordano, J. (2012). A brief historicity of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: issues and implications for the future of psychiatric canon and practice. Philosophy, ethics, and humanities in medicine : PEHM, 7, 2. https://doi.org/10.1186/1747-5341-7-2 (Comprehensive History of the DSM)

    Past Episodes Referenced:

    Episode 88 on lobotomies as therapy

    Episode 109 on Deinstitutionalizing mental health patients

    Episode 206 on Ivan Pavlov

    Episode 110 on diagnosing mental health conditions

    Episode 24 on what happened to Asperger syndrome

    Episode 196 on why we name things

    We are on Reddit! https://www.reddit.com/user/WhyWeDoWhatWeDo

    Recommendations

    Abraham: Bad Samaritan (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3203528/)
    Shane: Nectarines

    You can reach us directly at info@wwdwwdpodcast.com, through the comments below OR on social via @wwdwwdpodcast or #wwdwwdpodcast.

    • 58 min
    227 | Guardians

    227 | Guardians

    Conservatorship didn't begin with Britney Spears. Shane and Abraham discuss her case and the general principle behind conservatorship. This is meant to be a good thing, and often is a good thing, but there is the potential for abuse. We discuss some considerations for this.

    Links for Today:

    https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-conservatorship.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en#link=%7B%22role%22:%22standard%22,%22href%22:%22https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-conservatorship.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en%22,%22target%22:%22_blank%22,%22absolute%22:%22%22,%22linkText%22:%22court%20system.%22%7D#link=%7B%22role%22:%22standard%22,%22href%22:%22https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-conservatorship.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en#link=%7B%22role%22:%22standard%22,%22href%22:%22https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-conservatorship.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en%22,%22target%22:%22_blank%22,%22absolute%22:%22%22,%22linkText%22:%22court%20system.%22%7D%22,%22target%22:%22%22,%22absolute%22:%22%22,%22linkText%22:%22court%20system.%22

    https://www.salvolaw.com/blog/2017/02/do-you-want-to-risk-a-court-appointed-conservatorship/

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2015/05/15/beware-the-con-game-of-conservatorships/?sh=615be6d4a89b

    https://www.vulture.com/2021/06/conservatorships-freebritney-kanye-west.html#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20Superior%20Court%2Cmanage%20them%20on%20their%20own

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/explained-what-is-conservatorship-and-why-is-britney-spears-under-one-101625504376740.html

    https://www.aclu.org/news/disability-rights/how-conservatorship-threatens-britney-spears-civil-rights/

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/britney-spears-conservatorship-updates/

    https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-stuff-you-should-know-26940277/episode/conservatorships-freebritney-85229635/

    We are on Reddit! https://www.reddit.com/user/WhyWeDoWhatWeDo

    Recommendations

    Abraham: Wrong Turn (film, 2021; https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9110170/)

    Shane: Bill and Ted Face the Music (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1086064/)

    You can reach us directly at info@wwdwwdpodcast.com, through the comments below OR on social via @wwdwwdpodcast or #wwdwwdpodcast.

    • 1 hr 7 min

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