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Exploring Mental Health in Your Favorite Fictional Characters
Choosing Our Own Adventures with Dr. Keith Donohue
Apr 21 • 57 min
Hey Jedi Counsel friends! This week we are checking back in with three-peat guest-host, Dr. Keith Donohue! You might remember him from past episodes on myths around substance use as well as the fictional character James Bond. In this episode, we expanded…
Eating Disorders & Suicidal Behavior with Dr. April Smith
Apr 16 • 32 min
This episode is an interview with Dr. April Smith, an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology. First, Dr. Smith shared how she became interested in her current research areas. Next, we talked about potential explanations for elevated suicidal behavior…
The Psychology of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Apr 5 • 45 min
Hey, Jedi Counsel fans! This week we decided to finally catch up with the world and check out Black Mirror: Bandersnatch! We know, we are a bit behind everyone else, but we were excited to talk about it anyways! Listen in as we both go through our…
Ken Capobianco Tells His Story about Recovering from Anorexia
Mar 30 • 62 min
NOTE: This episode includes frank discussion of eating disorder symptoms, weight, body image, depression, and related struggles. Music critic and award-winning writer, Ken Capobianco, shares his story about recovering from anorexia nervosa after 30 years.…
The Psychology of Saving Private Ryan with Duane France
Mar 26 • 60 min
Hey folks! Thanks so much for tuning in. This week we had the absolute pleasure of doing a cross-over episode with the Head Space and Timing Podcast hosted by Duane France. Duane is an individual with the unique experience and background of having served…
Episode 121: The Morality and Psychology of Batman with Randolph Brickey
Mar 5 • 64 min
Randolph Brickey is a writer, recovering attorney, struggling internet personality, and former public defender. He joined us to discuss his fantastic article comparing Batman: The Animated Series (TAS) to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy. Brandon and…
Episode 120: The Science of Suicide Prevention with Dr. Tracy Witte
Feb 22 • 52 min
We spoke to Dr. Tracy Witte, an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, about her fascinating research on suicidal behavior. First, she told us about the interesting path that led her to clinical psychology. Next, she shared how openness to new…
Episode 119: Relationship Research, Couples Therapy, & Romance in The Office
Feb 7 • 84 min
Note from Katie: I realized after recording that I should have used the term “romantic partner selection” instead of “mate selection.” So sorry about that! Please mentally edit me throughout while listening to put my mind at ease – thank you! In honor of…
Geek Therapy Patreon Special Offer
Feb 2 • 2 min
Geek Therapy’s Josué Cardona has hijacked this feed to make a special announcement. The Geek Therapy Network, including Jedi Counsel, is brought to you in part by member of Geek Therapy on Patreon. For the month of February GT is holding a special offer…
Episode 118 – The Psychology of Bird Box
Jan 25 • 49 min
Content warning: This episode contains discussion of depictions of suicide and self-harm. Hey folks! We are back this week and we decided to check out the new Netflix film Bird Box. We started off by visiting about our overall impressions of the film and…
Episode 117 – Narcissism in The Office Characters with Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla
Jan 10 • 57 min
Professor and clinical psychologist, Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla, joined us to discuss examples of narcissism in characters from The Office. We first discussed where the term narcissism came from and what it means to the public, therapists, and researchers.…
Episode 116 – The Psychology of Aquaman
Dec 28, 2018 • 51 min
This week’s episode is all about Aquaman, the movie. First, we talked about our overall impressions (which included some tangents about movie theater seats and movie lengths). Next, we discussed how we think Aquaman has low levels of the personality trait…
Episode 115 – Talking Therapy in Tom King’s Heroes in Crisis
Dec 21, 2018 • 59 min
Hey Jedi Counsel fans! This week we had the great opportunity to stop over and chat with our friends at Paradox Comics-N-Cards! They invited us on to talk a bit about Tom King’s recent comic book series called “Heroes in Crisis“. Listen in as we chat with…
Episode 114 – Mental Health Themes in A Star is Born
Dec 17, 2018 • 63 min
Heads Up From Your Friends at Jedi Counsel: This episode has lots of SPOILERS. This week, we recorded a podcast episode after seeing A Star Is Born. We opened up with some fun facts about the movie and then chatted about our overall impressions of it.…
Episode 113 – Personality Tests, The Hardest Science, & The Black Goat with Dr. Sanjay Srivastava
Dec 6, 2018 • 68 min
We spoke to Dr. Sanjay Srivastava, a Professor of Psychology, about his research on personality and social dynamics, personality tests, the podcast he co-hosts (The Black Goat), and his blog (The Hardest Science). First, he told us about the interesting…
Jedi Counsel Episode 112 – Doctor Who and Psychology with Dr. Jack Arnal
Nov 30, 2018 • 53 min
Katie spoke to Dr. Jack Arnal, an Associate Professor of Psychology and Zombie Science Instructor, about how he uses pop culture to teach college classes. First, he talked about the interesting pathway that led him to cognitive psychology and the…
Jedi Counsel Episode 111 – Addiction, Personality, & Religion with Dr. Joshua Grubbs
Nov 21, 2018 • 47 min
We spoke to Dr. Joshua Grubbs, an Assistant Professor of Psychology, about his research on behavioral addictions (e.g., compulsive sexual behavior, gambling), narcissism, and religious beliefs. First, he told us about the interesting pathway that led him…
Jedi Counsel Episode 110 – Discussing the Opioid Crisis with Dr. Ted Bender, CEO of Turning Point at Addiction Campuses
Oct 19, 2018 • 48 min
Note: This episode includes discussion of drug use, self-harm, and overdose deaths. We invited Dr. Ted Bender, the CEO of Turning Point at Addiction Campuses, to talk to us about his expertise in the treatment of substance use disorders. The episode…
109 – Asian Representation in Crazy Rich Asians & Hamilton with Dr. Gina Hiraoka
Oct 5, 2018 • 46 min
Dr. Gina Hiraoka is a clinical psychologist with expertise in mental health treatment for veterans.* In this episode, we discussed misconceptions about treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (e.g., short-term vs. long-term decisions related to…
108 – Restorative Justice & the #MeToo Movement with Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla
Oct 5, 2018 • 79 min
Note: This episode includes discussion of sexual assault. We invited Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Leonardo Bobadilla, back to talk about his expertise in restorative justice for cases of sexual violence. The episode included an overview…
107 – The Science of Memory and the Kavanaugh Allegations with Dr. Jonathan Corbin
Sep 27, 2018 • 56 min
We invited Dr. Jonathan Corbin to talk to us about his expertise in memory research. We first asked Dr. Corbin’s thoughts on media claims about Dr. Ford’s allegations. He described current scientific knowledge about how memory works, including…
106 – Giving Away Psychology with The Arkham Asylum Doc, Dr. Andrea Letamendi
Sep 23, 2018 • 31 min
We spoke to Dr. Andrea Letamendi, who is a clinical psychologist and the Associate Director of Mental Health for Residential Life at UCLA. In addition to her work helping college students with their mental health needs, she also admirably shares…
105 – Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2018
Sep 8, 2018 • 50 min
Hi folks! For suicide prevention month, we decided to take the week and chat just a bit about suicide. We started off by talking a bit about how we got involved in suicide prevention research and then talked about some of the causes of suicide and Dr.…
104 – Mental Health Themes in Queer Eye
Aug 31, 2018 • 24 min
Hello, Jedi Counsel listeners! In this episode, we talked about some of our favorite moments from the Netflix series Queer Eye and how they map on to concepts in the field of psychology. We talked about advice given in the show that is consistent with…
103 – Geek Culture in Therapy with Dr. Patrick O’Connor
Aug 11, 2018 • 60 min
We spoke to Dr. Patrick O’Connor, who was a pioneer in the use of geek culture (e.g., comic books, science fiction movies, video games) in therapy! He is a professor who uses innovative teaching methods like gamification of learning to engage students in…
Episode 102 – Sharing Psychology with the Public with Dr. Ali Mattu
Aug 3, 2018 • 37 min
We spoke to Dr. Ali Mattu, who is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York City. In addition to treating individuals with anxiety and related disorders, he also does an admirable job of sharing accurate mental health information with the public. He…
101 – Science and Fiction with Dr. Aaron Hanlon
Jul 27, 2018 • 23 min
Dr. Aaron Hanlon is an Assistant Professor of English at Colby College and a visiting scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He is a literary historian with expertise in the Enlightenment, 18th…
100 – Frasier Crane Day
Jul 27, 2018 • 43 min
It’s our 100th episode of the Jedi Counsel Podcast! We are grateful for all of our listeners, readers, and other people who we have connected with through Jedi Counsel! Frasier Crane celebrated 1000 radio episodes with Frasier Crane Day, so we decided to…
99 – Podcasting, Mental Health, & Humor with Aryeh Cohen-Wade
Jul 20, 2018 • 48 min
We spoke to Aryeh Cohen-Wade, who is the executive editor of bloggingheads.tv and meaningoflife.tv, the host of the podcast Culturally Determined, an excellent writer, and a funny tweeter. First, he provided us with some background on bloggingheads.tv and…
98 – Ask Us Anything
Jun 22, 2018
In this episode, we responded to super-interesting questions that we received through Twitter and e-mail from you all! We opened up by responding to a letter that The Black Goat podcast received (you should totally check out their excellent podcast about…
97 – Reunite Families who were Separated at the Border
Jun 22, 2018
We are completely opposed to children being separated from their parents after crossing the border into the United States. The purpose of this episode is to 1) suggest resources with research and information on the long-lasting, damaging effects of…
96 – Superhero Therapy with Dr. Janina Scarlet
Jun 15, 2018
We were profoundly moved after hearing about Dr. Janina Scarlet’s life story and her contributions to the mental health world. Dr. Scarlet was born in Ukraine and experienced radiation poisoning as a toddler due to the Chernobyl disaster. Then, she and…
95 – Suicide in the News
Jun 8, 2018
Hello, wonderful listeners. There was a lot of heartbreaking suicide-related news this week. We tragically lost Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain to suicide, and the CDC released a report showing that suicide rates have increased in the United States. This…
94 – Reactions to A Quiet Place, Blockers, Deadpool 2, & Solo
May 25, 2018
Hi, everyone! This week, we informally discussed our thoughts about four movies we’ve seen relatively recently. First, we talked about the scary movie A Quiet Place and tied it with some anxiety-related concepts. Next, we talked about the movie Blockers –…
93 – Talking Mental Health Advocacy & Lived Experience with Rudy Caseres
May 18, 2018
Hello, wonderful listeners! We had a special guest, Rudy Caseres, on this week’s episode, and we talked all about his incredible work as a mental health advocate! Rudy speaks and writes publicly about his experiences with bipolar disorder and surviving…
92 – Avengers: Infinity War Reaction Episode
May 11, 2018
Hey Avengers! This week we take a break and head to the cinema. Listen in as we record our reaction to Avengers: Infinity War! Tons of spoilers, so hold off until you see the film. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, our website, or Patreon. Thanks so…
91 – Jessica Jones, Season 2 Part 2, Anger Management, Dissociation, & Substance Use
May 7, 2018
Hi, folks! In this episode, we talked about psychological themes throughout Season 2 of Jessica Jones (major spoilers in this episode). We discussed post-traumatic stress disorder, anger control problems, substance use disorders, and dissociation. We also…
90 – Talking Social Justice, Psychology, and Black Panther with Dr Lamisha Hill and Dr Bedford Palmer from Naming It
Apr 30, 2018
Hello! This week, we talked to the co-hosts of one of our favorite podcasts, Naming It. Dr. LaMisha Hill and Dr. Bedford Palmer describe their podcast as a place “where we discuss pop culture, current events, and how they relate to the way we live our…
89 – Jessica Jones, PTSD, & Recovered Memories
Apr 20, 2018
Hello, Jedi Counsel listeners! After a recording hiatus (due to illness, travel, and general busy-ness), we’re back! In this episode, we discussed the first three episodes of Season 2 of Jessica Jones. First, we talked about the depiction of Jessica Jones…
88 – Discussing Faith and Mental Health with Robert Vore
Mar 23, 2018
Hello! We had a special guest on this week’s episode to talk about the intersection of faith and mental health. Robert Vore, the host of the CXMH podcast, joined us to talk about the exciting work he is doing to increase mental health awareness in…
87 – Bladerunner, Diagnostic Tests, & Empathy with Dr. Ben Balas
Mar 16, 2018
Hello, human and replicant listeners! This week’s episode included special guest, Dr. Ben Balas, who has a Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. We talked about the 1982 movie, Bladerunner, and Philip K. Dick’s Book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?…
86 – College Mental Health
Mar 9, 2018
Hello! This week, we started out with a bit of nerdy news before launching into our main topic: college mental health. We began with a brief history of mental health services on college campuses (which have been around for over 100 years!) and recommended…
85 – The Big Lebowski, Part 2
Mar 2, 2018
Hi, Achievers! In this episode, we began by discussing some nerdy news (e.g., the truth about Groot, Batgirl the movie). Next, we expressed our thoughts on Walter Sobchak and his anger problems. We talked about intermittent explosive disorder and the…
84 – Black Panther Reaction Episode
Feb 17, 2018
Hi folks! This week’s episode is our reaction to seeing Black Panther! The episode contains major spoilers, so hold off until you see the film (which we highly recommend doing!) Thanks for being patient as we’ve been ill and unusually busy! We will be…
83 – The Big Lebowski
Feb 2, 2018
Hi, Achievers! It’s almost the 20th anniversary of the classic film, The Big Lebowski! This episode is the first in a series that will explore psychological elements of the colorful, charismatic characters in this film. We began with an overview of…
82 – Discussing James Bond with Dr. Keith Donohue
Jan 19, 2018
Hi, loyal Jedi Counsel listeners! This podcast episode is dedicated to a Patreon patron, Dave. He is a Yoda-level patron, which comes with a podcast episode and blog post for the fictional character of your choice! Many thanks to Dave for suggesting such…
81 – Paraphilic Disorders, Part 2 with Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla
Jan 12, 2018
Content Warning: This episode includes discussion of paraphilic disorders (e.g., pedophilia), sexual abuse, and sexual harassment. We invited clinical psychologist, Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla, to talk to us about his expertise in the assessment and treatment…
80 – Paraphilic Disorders, Part 1
Dec 29, 2017
Content Warning: This episode includes discussion of sexual abuse and harassment. Hi, folks! In this episode, we discussed some ways that we felt the recent media coverage of sexual abuse and harassment allegations has left out or mischaracterized…
79 – The Punisher and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Dec 22, 2017
Content Warning: This episode includes discussion of violence. Hello, friends of Jedi Counsel! In this episode, we discussed the Marvel Netflix series The Punisher and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). First, we talked about the show’s theme of…
78 – Bonus Episode, Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review Reaction Pod!
Dec 15, 2017
Hey, Jedi friends! We just saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Here is our spoiler filled reaction podcast! Let us know what you thought on Twitter or Facebook!
77 – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Borderline Personality Disorder, Part 2
Dec 15, 2017
CONTENT WARNING: This episode features some discussion of self-harm and suicidal behavior. Hi, Jedi Counsel listeners! In this episode, we continued our discussion about borderline personality disorder and the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. This episode…
76 – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Borderline Personality Disorder, Part 1
Dec 8, 2017
CONTENT WARNING: This episode discusses suicidal behavior, including details of a suicide attempt featured on the show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Hi, friends! In this episode, we talked about the depiction of borderline personality disorder in the show Crazy…
75 – Stranger Things 2 Series, Part 3
Nov 24, 2017
Hello, friends of Jedi Counsel! In this episode, we first thanked a new Patreon patron and then mentioned a podcast that we enjoy called Naming It. Next, we talked about episodes 7-9 of Stranger Things. We geeked out about the Dungeons and Dragons…
74 – Reactions to Justice League
Nov 17, 2017
In this episode, we talked about our impressions of Justice League. This is a reaction episode, so it’s kind of like just tuning in to hear us have an unstructured conversation about a movie we liked. We touched on psychological concepts that we observed…
73 – Stranger Things 2 Series, Part 2
Nov 17, 2017
Happy Friday, Jedi Counsel listeners! In this episode, we continue our discussion of Stranger Things 2, focusing primarily on episodes 4-6. Again, tons of spoilers! This week we focus on the depiction of psychological topics related to: punishment as a…
72 – Stranger Things 2 Series, Part 1
Nov 10, 2017
Hello, loyal Jedi Counsel listeners! In this episode, we first sent out some supportive thoughts to anyone who needs it. We also mentioned our mental health resources page. Next, we expressed gratitude for all of our wonderful Patreon patrons! Then, we…
71 – Thor: Ragnarok Review
Nov 3, 2017
Hail and well met, Asgardians! This week the Jedi Counsel takes off our psychologist hats, and dons our Asgardian armor as we dive into Thor: Ragnarok. Tune in to hear our impressions of the film. This episode has heavy Thor: Ragnarok spoilers, so please…
70 – The Psychology of Behavior Change, Part 2
Oct 27, 2017
Hi, Jedi Counsel listeners! This episode continues with a discussion of the psychological science underlying behavioral modification (i.e., behavioral change). We talk about applying reinforcement principles, behavior tracking, and planning to self-change…
69 – Psychology of Behavior Change, Part 1
Oct 20, 2017
Hello! This episode starts off with a brief discussion of the #MeToo social media movement that arose following the news coverage about Harvey Weinstein and those affected by his harmful behavior. For more information about #MeToo, please look here. If it…
68 – Trends Like These Tribute Episode: Beyond the Psychology Headlines
Oct 13, 2017
Hello, loyal Jedi Counsel listeners! Trends Like These by Brent Black and Travis McElroy is one of our FAVORITE podcasts! As a fan tribute to them, we designed this episode with their podcast structure in mind (e.g., rhyming headlines, Bevs Like These,…
67 – Taking Care of Your Mental Health
Oct 6, 2017
Hi, wonderful folks! We’ve had a lot on our minds this week after hearing about the tragic loss of lives in Las Vegas, Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and much more. We created this episode to open a dialogue about the…
66 – Exploring Language in Science Fiction with Dr. Erin Conwell
Oct 6, 2017
Hello, Jedi Counsel listeners! This episode features Dr. Erin Conwell, a special guest with expertise in language. Listen in to hear Dr. Conwell discuss the depiction of dialects in movies such as Good Will Hunting and Wonder Woman. Dr. Conwell also…
65: When Does Collecting Become Hoarding?
Sep 29, 2017
Hello, everyone! This episode was inspired by a question sent to us through Twitter. One super-fun aspect of nerd culture is that we get to collect the things we love! When does collecting comic books, action figures, or anything else cross the line and…
64 – Stress, Pregnancy, & Wynonna Earp with Dr. Clayton Hilmert
Sep 22, 2017
Hi there, Jedi Counsel listeners! This week was a fun and busy one for us! We were guests on DoxCast (a podcast hosted by our favorite comic book store) and #SPSM (a youtube show hosted by experts in suicide prevention). We were also very pleased to have…
63 – Rick and Morty Series Part 3: Toxic Rick and Motivational Interviewing
Sep 15, 2017
Hey fans from Dimension C-137! This week we conclude our series by picking up with Motivational Interviewing. We give a brief primer of what this treatment looks like and discuss whether or not it might be an effective treatment option for Rick. After…
62 – Rick & Morty Series, Part 2: The Psychology of Rick Sanchez
Sep 8, 2017
Hello, Rick and Morty fans! This week, we continue our series with a focus on Rick’s mental health (after 15 minutes of talking about unrelated stuff first, like Frasier). We discuss whether Rick exhibits symptoms of antisocial or narcissistic personality…
61 – Rick & Morty Series, Part 1: Pickle Rick & Family Therapy
Sep 1, 2017
Hello, super-awesome listeners! This week, we begin our series on Rick & Morty by discussing the Pickle Rick episode in detail. We closely analyze the family dynamics as they meet with their therapist, Dr. Wong. We weigh in with our interpretations and…
60 – Iron Fist and Mental Health Facilities
Aug 25, 2017
Hello, Jedi Counsel listeners! This week, we discuss episode 2 of Marvel’s Iron Fist series on Netflix. We evaluate the mental health care that Danny Rand receives in light of current standards for respect, dignity, and up-to-date practice methods for…
59 – Tobias Funke, Dr. Spaceman, & Psychologists’ Code of Conduct
Aug 18, 2017
Hello, wonderful folks! We often talk about how good and realistic depictions of mental health are in fictional works. We thought we’d take an opportunity to talk about some of what goes into our formulation by giving a brief overview of the Code of…
58 – To the Bone and Anorexia Nervosa, Part 2
Aug 11, 2017
Content Warning: This episode includes discussion of suicide and eating disorders. Hi, super-cool listeners! This episode is a continued discussion of the Netflix movie, To The Bone. We respond to more listener-submitted questions about eating disorders…
57 – To the Bone and Anorexia Nervosa, Part 1
Aug 4, 2017
Hello, wonderful listeners! This episode focuses on the Netflix movie To The Bone. First, we talk about the symptoms of anorexia nervosa and the differences between anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Then, we give our overall…
56 – Mr. Monk and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Part 2
Aug 4, 2017
Welcome, new listeners! Welcome back, loyal listeners! This episode is the sequel to our previous episode on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We begin with a discussion of the symptoms and diagnostic criteria. Next, we talk about an evidence-based…
55 – BONUS EPISODE Spider-Man: Homecoming
Jul 21, 2017
Hey, Spidey-Fans! This week we decided to leave the metaphorical therapist office where we analyze these fictional characters and check out Spider-Man: Homecoming! Listen in for our impressions! Also, fair warning, this episode is just packed full of…
54 – Mr. Monk and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Part 1
Jul 14, 2017
Hail and well met, fine listeners! Today’s episode is the start of a two-part (probably…) series on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We start things off this week with a short and sweet discussion of the disorder, including how it differentiates from…
53 – Get Out, Part 2: A Discussion of Racism and Mental Health
Jun 30, 2017
*This episode includes Get Out spoilers.* Hi there, awesome listeners! Today’s episode continues the discussion of the critically-acclaimed horror film, Get Out. First, we talk about race-related themes in the movie and their connections to psychology and…
52 – Get Out, Part 1: Hypnosis, Mental Health Representation, & Treatment for Smoking
Jun 23, 2017
*This episode includes Get Out spoilers.* Hello, loyal or new listeners! Today’s episode includes a discussion of the critically-acclaimed horror film, Get Out. First, we talk about our overall impressions of the movie. Next, we take a look at the mental…
51 – Pride Month & the Love is Love Comic Anthology
Jun 16, 2017
Content Warning: This episode includes discussion of the Pulse nightclub shooting and discussion of discrimination toward LGBTQ+ individuals.Disclaimer: This episode is for informational purposes only and should not be used in place of advice from a…
50 – Myths, Part 5: Substance Use-Related Myths with Dr. Keith Donohue
Jun 9, 2017
Hey folks! This week, we conclude our mini-series on myths with a focus on substance use-related misconceptions. Our guest expert, Dr. Keith Donohue, discusses topics related to the nature, treatment, and fictional depictions of substance use problems.…
49 – BONUS EPISODE – Wonder Woman, First Impressions and Initial Reactions (SPOILERS)
Jun 2, 2017
Hey folks! This bonus episode is all about Wonder Woman! We turned on the mic about ten minutes after finishing the midnight release of the film. As such, prepare for two very tired podcasters nerding out big time about an excellent film. Let us know what…
48 – Myths, Part 4: Forensic Psychology-Related Myths & Silence of the Lambs
Jun 2, 2017
Hey folks! This week, we continue our mini-series on myths with a focus on forensic psychology-related misconceptions. Using Lilienfeld et al.’s book as a primary resource, we debunk the following myths 1) The polygraph (“Lie Detector”) test is an…
47 – Myths, Part 3 Mental Health Myths
May 26, 2017
Hey folks! This week, we continue our mini-series on myths by addressing mental health-related misconceptions that people asked us about via Twitter or Facebook! In honor of mental health awareness month, we first talk about our training in clinical…
46 – BONUS EPISODE Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 & the Psychology of Family Connections
May 26, 2017
Hey folks! Tune in this week to hear us geek out about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! WARNING: This episode contains tons of SPOILERS. We talk about aspects of the movie that we love, with a focus on family-related themes. We explore the plot and…
45 – Myths, Part 2, Bullying Myths with Dr. Wendy Troop-Gordon
May 19, 2017
Hey folks! This week we continue our mini-series on myths with the fantastic Dr. Wendy Troop-Gordon, a developmental psychologist. Listen in as she takes us into the world of bullying research. What exactly is bullying? What do we know about it? What can…
44 – Myths, Part 1: Brain Myths with Dr. Robert Gordon
May 12, 2017
Hey folks! This week we begin our mini-series on myths. We start things off with special guest, Dr Robert Gordon, a cognitive psychologist. Listen in as we cover such myths including: do we use only 10% of our brain? Is our memory similar to a tape (or…
43 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (revisited) and Bereavement
May 5, 2017
Hey folks! This week we decided to just come full circle and revisit the topic that started it all, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! We dive in deciding whether or not the film holds up and then talk about Bruce Wayne’s response to the loss of his…
42 – The Jedi Counsel and One Year of Podcasting
Apr 28, 2017
Hey folks, this week we decided to hit the brakes and reflect on one year of podcasting. What do we like, what have we learned, where are we going, and who do we have to thank. Listen in for all that and more. And, sincerely, thank you for tuning into the…
41 – The Depiction of Suicide in 13 Reasons Why, Part 3
Apr 21, 2017
Content Warning: We include discussion of aspects of the series that include rape, stalking, photo sharing without consent, and suicidal behavior. This week, we conclude with our third episode in our mini-series on 13 Reasons Why. We continue to discuss…
40 – The Depiction of Suicide in 13 Reasons Why, Part 2
Apr 14, 2017
Hey Folks! This week we continue our second episode in our mini-series on 13 Reasons Why. We continue to discuss the areas of accuracy, places in need of improvement, and what we know based on the research. This episode contains spoilers and information…
39 – The Depiction of Suicide in 13 Reasons Why, Part 1
Apr 7, 2017
Hey folks! This week, we start our first of a series of episodes on the new Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. We talk about areas of accuracy, as well as myths about suicide that are presented in the show. We discuss whether people should make memorials for…
38 – Major Depressive Disorder and Batgirl, Part 2
Apr 7, 2017
Hey folks! This week we continue our discussion on major depressive disorder. We spend some time covering Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Model of Depression as well as describe how Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (one of the empirically-supported interventions)…
37 – Major Depressive Disorder and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Part 1
Mar 31, 2017
Hey folks! This week we cover major depressive disorder! We start by going through some of the symptoms and prevalence rates. Then we tie it all back into none other than Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Tune in next week for the epic conclusion where we will…
36 – The Geek Therapy Podcast Network and Josué Cardona
Mar 24, 2017
Hey folks! This week we were fortunate enough to interview the highly esteemed Josué Cardona! He is the founder of the Geek Therapy Podcast Network and was vital to Jedi Counsel becoming what it is today.
35 – Suicidal Ideation and Logan
Mar 17, 2017
***THIS EPISODE CONTAINS LOGAN SPOILERS*** Hey folks! This week we finally get to talk about Logan. We start with our overall impressions and then dive into some of the suicidal thoughts Logan is experiencing throughout the film. For more information…
34 – Internet Gaming Disorder and The Guild
Mar 10, 2017
Hey folks! This week, with some inspiration from MPR, we decided to talk about Internet Gaming Disorder. After talking a bit about the disorder, we cover one of the most accurate and compassionate depictions of mental illness in popular culture; The Guild…
33 – Eating Disorder Awareness Week and Body Depiction in Comics
Mar 3, 2017
After two weeks off the air, we nearly forgot how to make podcasts! Just kidding… listen in as we dive into eating disorders. We start by covering the specific disorders, then talk a bit about body shape in comic books, and finish up by briefly touching…
32 – Dissociative Identity Disorder, Part 3: Split Review
Feb 10, 2017
Hey folks! This week we conclude our series on dissociative identity disorder by reviewing the 2016 film Split. Fresh from seeing it the night prior, we offer a quick plot summary, our reactions, whether it is an accurate representation, and whether it is…
31 – Dissociative Identity Disorder, Part 2
Feb 3, 2017
Hey folks! We start this week off with some current events, including the new MBMBAM tv trailer. After that, we continue our discussion of dissociative identity disorder. We start by covering a study by Spanos and with a discussion of the Hillside…
30 – Dissociative Identity Disorder, Part 1
Jan 28, 2017
Hey folks! Big news! We are officially part of the Geek Therapy Podcast Network! Check out all of the great shows this wonderful network has available! After we nerd out about that, listen in as we begin our discussion of disassociative identity disorder.…
29 – Rogue One, Hope, and Representation
Jan 20, 2017
Hey folks! Today we finally got to talk about Rogue One. Sorry it took so long! Listen in as we talk about our general thoughts about the film and then get into some of the benefits of hope and representation. As always, thanks for listening in!
28 – Bipolar Disorder and a Tribute to Carrie Fisher
Jan 13, 2017
Hey folks! Today we decided to talk a bit about Princess Leia Organa, Carrie Fisher, and Bipolar Disorder. Carrie Fisher did so much to advocate for for mental illness and deserved some attention. We also dive into Bipolar Disorder. We cover some…
27 – Mad Max
Jan 9, 2017
We hope the new year is treating you well! This week’s episode covers one of our favorite characters, Mad Max! We cover a bit of the relevant background of the character and then dive into the psychology. Enjoy!
26 – Kevin Smith
Jan 1, 2017
Happy New Year, everyone! To bring in the new year, we decided to talk about one of our favorite people ever, Kevin Smith! Listen in as we talk about why we like him and how he inspired us and this project! Plus, this week’s episode features two, you read…
25 – The McElroy Brothers, Humor, and Mental Health
Dec 23, 2016
Hi folks! During this episode we discussed the McElroy brothers! You might know them from My Brother, My Brother, and Me, The Adventure Zone, or any of their other great projects. You can find them all here! Listen in as we talk about why we like these…
24 – Dr. Horrible, Part 3
Dec 9, 2016
The epic conclusion to our Dr. Horrible Commentary Saga is upon you! Listen in here as we conclude our commentary of this beautiful, yet harrowing, tale.
23 – Dr. Horrible, Part 2
Dec 2, 2016
Welcome back to our Dr. Horrible Saga! You can listen in to part two here! Load it up and follow along as we continue this mystical journey through one of our favorite musicals!
22 – Dr. Horrible, Part 1
Nov 22, 2016
This week we decided to dive into one of our favorite musicals, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. We started this week with Act 1. Load it up and follow along with us as we provide our thoughts and commentary during this excellent piece!
21 – Wonder Woman
Nov 12, 2016
This week is all Wonder Woman! We were inspired by the newly dropped trailer and the character herself! Listen in as we cover our perspective of Diana Prince, the Wonder Woman. (Also, please pardon the audio issues! We updated our recording set up and…
20 – Halloween Scare-tacular! Fear, Anxiety, and Phobias
Oct 27, 2016
This week we took a listener suggestion and decided to talk about fear! We start the conversation with Dr. Crane, the Scarecrow and talk a bit about Brandon’s research on fear. Then we move into the clinical realm with a discussion about fear, anxiety,…
19 – Samantha Myhre, Music, and Mental Health
Oct 25, 2016
Listen in as we talk with special guest co-host, Samantha Myhre! She brings us her experiences as an instructor, clinician, and musician to tell us about the gaps between music and mental health.
18 – Superheroes and Coping Styles
Oct 17, 2016
In this episode we decided to talk about coping styles! Coping styles are the negative or positive ways in which we handle stress and negative emotions. After that we speak about the ways in which we find inspiration and motivation in superheroes, using…
17 – Star Wars, Part 3
Oct 9, 2016
Today we conclude our conversation on Star Wars by delving into the light side of the Force. We talk about our favorite characters as well as some of the ways in which the Jedi teachings, like mindfulness meditation, might apply to therapy or overall…
16 – Star Wars, Part 2 – The Dark Side
Sep 29, 2016
Today we continued our conversation on Star Wars by delving into the dark side of the Force. Check out this discussion by Dr. Andrea Letamendi who inspired this week’s topic. We talk about our favorite Star Wars villains and what might lead someone to…
15 – Star Wars and (some) Psychology, Part 1
Sep 22, 2016
Today we decided to talk about Star Wars and largely forgot about mental health until the very end. Listen in as we talk about the Star Wars series and who our favorite characters are. We decided if there can be three Star Wars trilogies in the film…
14 – The Science of Clinical Psychology
Sep 15, 2016
´╗┐Today we decided to dive into the science of clinical psychology. Listen in as we describe how clinical scientists choose treatments as well as how those treatments undergo empirical investigation. For more information on the debate between therapy as a…
13 – Jessica Jones and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Sep 11, 2016
Today we talk about Marvel’s hit Netflix series, Jessica Jones! Listen in as we talk about our thoughts about the show in general, as well as the portrayal or mental health. Here is a closer look at some of the empirically-supported interventions. Here…
12 – Controversy over Diagnosing Donald Trump
Sep 11, 2016
Today we dive into some of the controversy over diagnosing Donald Trump. It’s popped up throughout the media and social networks, but is it ethical? Listen in to learn more about this example, others, and the ethical standards surrounding this…
11 – Psychology and the Suicide Squad
Sep 11, 2016
Today we start by discussing our thoughts on the newest Rogue One trailer, which you can see here! After that, we dive into Suicide Squad! Listen in as we talk about some of our thoughts, as well as some specific psychology related to some of the…
10 – Richard Early from Paradox Comics-N-Cards
Sep 11, 2016
Today we stopped over to our favorite comic book store, Paradox! Listen in as we discuss some of the psychology behind comic books and table top gaming with the owner, Richard Early. NOTE: This early episode suffers from lower sound quality, as we were…
9 – A Simple Case
Sep 11, 2016
We start with a quick recap of some related comic book news. After that, we dive into Batman #44, by Scott Snyder, in which he address multiple relevant social issues related to racial disparities. NOTE: This early episode suffers from lower sound…
8 – The Killing Joke
Sep 8, 2016
We start things off with our new current events section. Hear our thoughts about the recent Wonder Woman and Justice League trailers. After that, we discuss both the graphic novel as well as the recent film adaptation of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke.…
7 – Pokemon GO and Dark Night
Sep 8, 2016
We discuss the wildly popular Pokemon Go! game. What are some of the pros and cons that you have noticed? After that we talk about one of our new favorite graphic novels, Dark Night: A True Batman Story by Paul Dini. NOTE: This early episode suffers from…
6 – Why does everyone hate Kylo Ren!?
Sep 8, 2016
We discuss the character Kylo Ren. Everyone seems to dislike him. We really enjoyed him! Listen along as we discuss some of the common criticisms and then respond directly to comments that we found on the World Wide Web!NOTE: This early episode suffers…
5 – Comics & Psychology
Sep 8, 2016
We discuss how we became interested in comics, what we like so much about Buffy and Batman, DC Rebirth, and potential applications of comics in mental health settings. We get most of our comics at Paradox Comics-N-Cards. We especially like DC Comics &…
4 – Dungeons and Dragons
Sep 8, 2016
We provide some description and history on Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Edition and discuss some of the ways in which the fantasy genre (games and other media) are viewed negatively as well as the ways D&D has experienced a resurgence and has been…
3 – Diversity Day
Sep 8, 2016
We provide commentary for one of our favorite episodes of The Office (Diversity Day) and discuss culturally-sensitive mental health services. NOTE: This early episode suffers from lower sound quality, as we were just learning about podcasting. Feel free…
2 – Harley Quinn and The Joker
Sep 8, 2016
We discuss our views about Harley Quinn, The Joker, and their relationship from a psychological perspective.NOTE: This early episode suffers from lower sound quality, as we were just learning about podcasting. Feel free to jump to Episode 13 for a…
1 – Batman v Superman
Sep 8, 2016
We discuss our views about the movie, Batman v Superman, from a mental health perspective.NOTE: This early episode suffers from lower sound quality, as we were just learning about podcasting. Feel free to jump to Episode 13 for a dramatic increase in…