Choosing Our Own Adventures with Dr. Keith Donohue

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 our episode on Black Mirror: Bandersnatch by talking about “Choose Your Own Adventures” across multiple formats! Listen in as Dr. Donohue shares some of his background with this form of entertainment, the overall history of the genre, and how choosing your own adventure today can mean lots of things from playing Dungeons and Dragons, watching Bandersnatch, or catching up on classic Fighting Fantasy gamebooks!

Let us know about your background with choosing your own adventure, no matter what format you used!

For a comprehensive list of gamebooks, check out gamebooks.org which was referenced in the episode!

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 75 – Stranger Things 2 Series, Part 3

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 references in the series and also discussed many psychology-related topics: multifinality, equifinality, empathy, Billy’s antisocial behavior, Hopper’s cognitive distortion about being a “black hole,” Eleven’s need to belong, and more. Thanks for listening! Please join us next week for more chatting about mental health and general nerdom!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 4 – Dungeons and Dragons

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 implemented in a therapeutic setting.

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 sound quality. Thanks!