Three licensed therapists breakdown and analyze popular movies and characters from the perspectives of an individual, child, and a marriage and family therapist.
Return of the Jedi: Jungian Archetypes, Attachment, Communication and More w/ Special Guest Dr. Kirk Honda
Happy May the 4th Be With You!! We are joined this episode with another guest: Dr. Kirk Honda from the podcast, Psychology in Seattle! We are once again revisiting Star Wars with Return of the Jedi. We discuss the Jungian Archetypes demonstrated in this movie, Luke’s attachment issues, and the poor communication between beloved couple: Han & Leia. Check it out and let us know your answer to Brittney’s burning question: Is this a Muppets movie??
Basic Instinct: A Case of Fake Psychology
Content Warning: this episode contains discussions about sexual assault and violence. In this episode, we discuss Basic Instinct, an early 90s classic featuring Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas. We are again joined by a guest, the lovely Melanie Kinley, as we rip apart this erotic thriller that attempts to insert real psychology but fails miserably. We break down the characters played by Stone and Douglas, and attempt to discern the motivation for their various troubling decisions throughout the movie. We also examine this film’s irresponsible portrayals of not just mental health, but of sexual assault, violence against women, and overall misogyny. It’s a heavy one.
The Departed: Dual Identities, Bad Movie Therapy, and Police Mental Health w/ Special Guest Officer Al
This episode comes to you via a Patreon patron! If you pledge $50 or more on our Patreon, you can pick a movie that we will discuss. For our first Patreon request, we are breaking down Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Best Picture winner, The Departed. We explore the psychological differences between the double lives of the two main characters: Billy Costigan and Colin Sullivan. We rip apart it’s horrific (HORRIFIC!) portrayal of a mental health professional via the psychiatrist. We also have a special guest on to discuss the mental health of law enforcement in general, but specifically undercover cops.
Hunger Games Mockingjay 1&2: Ongoing Trauma, Dissociation, and The Dark Triad
Where were you when Panem fell?? We wrap up the final installment of the Hunger Games series with a heavy episode. We discuss the effects of ongoing trauma on our main characters: Katniss, Finnick, Joanna, and Gale. We dive into the topic of dissociation and how it is displayed by Peeta. We break down the concept of The Dark Triad. We even dabble in the subject of MK Ultra. Once again we say, May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor!
Love and Basketball: Adjustment Disorder, Identity, and Vulnerability
In this episode, we are discussing another beloved romantic movie, Love & Basketball. We analyze how our relationships with our parents shape our identify. We also tackle the topic of vulnerability and fear and how that impacts the love between Quincy and Monica.
Sleepless in Seattle: Parenting, Dating, & Emotional Cheating
Happy Valentine’s Day! By fan vote we are breaking down Sleepless in Seattle! We will split our discussion between the storylines of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. We discuss becoming a single parent as a widower, dating again after the death of a spouse, and emotional cheating.