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Ever wonder why anxious people love horror movies? Curious about how having the daylights scared out of you can help you feel better? Hosts Jenn Adams, Lara Unnerstall, and therapist Mike Snoonian break it down (and back it up with academic research) on Psychoanalysis: A Horror Therapy Podcast.

Each month, we’ll take an in-depth look at a topic in the mental health field like anxiety, PTSD, and toxic relationships. For our bi-weekly episodes, we’ll pair topics with a horror film and analyze its plot and characters through the lens of mental health. We’ll also discuss our own mental health exp

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    • 4.6 • 182 Ratings

Ever wonder why anxious people love horror movies? Curious about how having the daylights scared out of you can help you feel better? Hosts Jenn Adams, Lara Unnerstall, and therapist Mike Snoonian break it down (and back it up with academic research) on Psychoanalysis: A Horror Therapy Podcast.

Each month, we’ll take an in-depth look at a topic in the mental health field like anxiety, PTSD, and toxic relationships. For our bi-weekly episodes, we’ll pair topics with a horror film and analyze its plot and characters through the lens of mental health. We’ll also discuss our own mental health exp

    Comfort Horror / Return of the Living Dead (1985) with Matt Donato

    Comfort Horror / Return of the Living Dead (1985) with Matt Donato

    Hey podcast, do you like sex with death?

    Yeah, so rip off your clothes and meet us in Resurrection Cemetery for a comfort horror episode on Dan O’Bannon’s Return of the Living Dead!

    You think this is a podcast? This is a way of life.

    Reference Links:

    Drinking With The Dread: The Return Of The Living Dead

    Certified Forgotten

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    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Objectification / Maniac (1980)

    Objectification / Maniac (1980)

    We told you not to go pod tonight, didn’t we? Instead join us for the second part of our series on Objectification in the 1980 cult film, Maniac.

    Can you be ready in 15 minutes?

    Research Links:

    The Problem With a Fight Against Toxic Masculinity

    Male Sexual Shame and Objectification of Women

    The Validation Game: Objectification in Birds of Prey and Assassination Nation

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    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 2 hr 2 min
    Comfort Horror / The Changeling (1980) with Ariel Fisher

    Comfort Horror / The Changeling (1980) with Ariel Fisher

    This pod’s not fit to live in. No one’s been able to live in it. This house doesn’t want a comfort horror episode on the 1980 haunted house classic The Changeling.

    None of this belongs to you!

    Research Links:

    A DENVER HOUSE THAT INSPIRED A HORROR FILM

    THE HISTORY OF THE DENVER HOUSE THAT INSPIRED A HORROR FILM

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    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Objectification / Assassination Nation (2018) PART 2

    Objectification / Assassination Nation (2018) PART 2

    You may kill pod, but you can’t kill us all. Put on your red trench coat, grab your baseball bat and join us in the streets of Salem for PART 2 of our episode on Objectification in Assassination Nation.

    Reference Links:

    Anxiety, loneliness and Fear of Missing Out: The impact of social media on young people’s mental health

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    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Objectification / Assassination Nation (2018) PART 1

    Objectification / Assassination Nation (2018) PART 1

    Smile, open up, speak softer, scream louder, be quiet, be confident, be interesting, don't be so difficult, be strong, don't fight back, be an angel, be a whore, be a princess, be anything you want to be. Just kidding. 

    Listen to PART 1 of our episode on Objectification in Assassination Nation.

    Reference Links:

    Anxiety, loneliness and Fear of Missing Out: The impact of social media on young people’s mental health

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    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Comfort Horror / Event Horizon (1997) with Matt Monagle

    Comfort Horror / Event Horizon (1997) with Matt Monagle

    This pod doesn’t really go faster than light. It creates a dimensional gateway into a comfort horror episode on Paul W.S. Anderson’s sci-fi horror film Event Horizon.

    You can’t leave. We won’t let you.

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    Reference Links:

    Certified Forgotten

    “Hell Is Only a Word”: The Enduring Terror of ‘Event Horizon’

    Music notes:

    "Infinite Perspective" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Long Note Three" by Kevin MacLeod

    "Emotion Picture" by Bill Ironfield

    Logo artwork by Jess Snively

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

PalomaBlanca00 ,

Someone needs s drink

The only criticism I have of this podcast is that it always sounds like Mike needs to take a drink of water, he always sounds like he has dry-mouth. Other than that this podcast is awesome.

markman73 ,

Love this idea

Combining movies with discussion of serious mental health topics is such a great idea. I always take something positive or helpful from each episode. Thanks, Pod!

DindraneErin ,

Real Info and Film Criticism

Discussing horror movies and the very real issues they often confront could easily fall prey to shallowness or to sensationalizing instead of normalizing the discussion of mental health.

Jenn, Lara, and Mike do a fantastic job of covering both the mental health topic and the film of the week, without losing sight of how these issues involve real people and real suffering.

They honor the artists who create the films, including the writers, who often get ignored in favor of the visuals, or the director and actors, especially in horror.

If you’re interested in mental health, psychology, film in general or horror in particular, social justice, and just being a human being, then treat yourself to some episodes of PsychoAPod. You won’t be as sorry as you were the time you went to check on that noise in the attic without taking a priest and a machine gun with you.

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