106 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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Pop Psych 101 Ryan Engelstad & Dr. Hayley Roberts

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    • 4.7 • 46 Ratings

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

    #77 Curiosity vs Judgement in Ted Lasso Season 1

    #77 Curiosity vs Judgement in Ted Lasso Season 1

    This week Ryan and Hayley discuss how Ted Lasso's approach of curiosity rather than judgement looks across various circumstances; masculinity as it shows up and is reframed during season 1; as well as relentless optimism and anxiety. 


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    #76 Mental Health in the Music of Frozen II

    #76 Mental Health in the Music of Frozen II

    (This version is not connected to Spotify - please listen on Spotify if you would like the songs built into the episode for you!)
    This week, Ryan and Hayley take a look at how the songs of Frozen II  represent various experiences within mental health (hallucinations,  depression, grief, attachment). They also take a look at a song that was  removed from the movie and how it would have changed a huge part of the  movie itself.


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    #75 Agoraphobia in Woman in the Window

    #75 Agoraphobia in Woman in the Window

    This week Hayley and Ryan delve into agoraphobia and anxiety as it is portrayed in the movie Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams. They also talk about the unique presentation of a therapist receiving therapy and the tricky situation of having an unreliable narrator. 


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    #74 Consent and Gender Norms in Bridgerton with Novel Feelings

    #74 Consent and Gender Norms in Bridgerton with Novel Feelings

    This week Ryan and Hayley are joined by the cohosts of the Novel Feelings podcast to discuss Bridgerton - the show AND the book. They discuss how mental health discourse looks in Australia, as well as the topics of consent, gender, and gossip as it is portrayed by the Bridgerton series. 


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    #73 Finding your Spark in Disney Pixar's Soul

    #73 Finding your Spark in Disney Pixar's Soul

    This week Ryan and Hayley discuss intentionality, the difference between goals and values, and Hayley gets on a soap box about passion. 


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    • 55 min
    #72 Sports Psychology in The Weight of Gold with Dr. Shane Saenz

    #72 Sports Psychology in The Weight of Gold with Dr. Shane Saenz

    This week Ryan and Hayley invite guest Dr. Shane Saenz (PsyD, CMPC: Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Sport Psychologist; https://www.drshanesaenz.com) to explore with them HBO's original documentary The Weight of Gold. Shane explains how sport is often the "first love" for many competitive athletes and the role that human development plays in their focus of their sport.


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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Matt-East ,

Super smart!

I was introduced Pop Psych 101 after having the opportunity to interview Ryan on one of my podcasts, Mike and Ryan are super smart and really know their stuff. Love this! Keep up the good work guys!

Beginnings1606 ,

😁

Can yall do Rise of the guardians from Dreamworks. Yall are awsome

Kco417 ,

Great

This is my favorite podcast. I love listening to Mike and Ryan break down society in an approachable and engaging manner.

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