Jedi Counsel Episode 110 – Discussing Addiction with Dr. Ted Bender, CEO of Turning Point at Addiction Campuses

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 included an overview of the risk factors and consequences associated with addiction. We discussed the opioid epidemic and the types of actions necessary to fight it effectively. We also talked about topics that are regularly in the news, such as fentanyl (a pain medication with high risk for addiction), Narcan (a nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses) and Suboxone (used for medication-assisted therapy in harm reduction treatment models). We discussed the challenges faced by people struggling with addiction and how treatment is individually-tailored for patients at Turning Point at Addiction Campuses. Dr. Bender concluded with a message of hope and encouragement to view addiction through a non-stigmatizing lens. If you like what you hear, please consider leaving a review on iTunes or telling a friend about us. Thank you so much for listening!

 

For more information about topics discussed in this episode:

 

You can follow Dr. Ted Bender on Twitter and learn more about Turning Point at Addiction Campuses here.

 

You can read the full obituary for Madelyn Linsenmeir here.

 

You can learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy here.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 109 – Asian Representation in Crazy Rich Asians & Hamilton with Dr. Gina Hiraoka

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 avoidance and exposure). Next, we talked about Crazy Rich Asians and Dr. Hiraoka’s experiences with (lack of) representation growing up. She told us about the term hapa (meaning part-Asian and/or Pacific Islander) and shared her thoughts on some of the controversy surrounding Henry Golding being cast in the film. We concluded with some discussion of Hamilton and Phillipa Soo being cast as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. We learned a lot from Dr. Hiraoka and hope you enjoy this episode! Thanks so much for listening!

 

*All of Dr. Hiraoka’s opinions are her own and do not reflect those of her employer/the federal government.

 

You can follow Dr. Gina Hiraoka on Twitter: @QueenGina511

You can learn more about The Hapa Project by Kip Fulbeck here: https://kipfulbeck.com/the-hapa-project/

For more information about posttraumatic stress disorder and its treatment, check out this website: National Center for PTSD.

You can check out more Hamilton psychology stuff from us here:

Dueling Personalities: The Psychology of the Hamilton-Burr Conflict

10 Hamilton Quotes for Therapists

 

We are part of the Geek Therapy network. If you like our show, please consider rating and reviewing us on iTunes. Thank you!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 108 – Restorative Justice & the #MeToo Movement with Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla

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 of a blog post he wrote titled Restorative Justice and the #MeToo movement: The Kavanaugh hearings as a case study. We first discussed research related to the decision to report sexual assault. Next, we talked about a range of risk factors associated with committing sexual assault and how this knowledge can be used to prevent it. Dr. Bobadilla then described historical and current applications of restorative justice. We discussed the challenges faced by scientists and others who work in this field. Dr. Bobadilla concluded with thoughts about the dangers of viewing people as all good or all evil and the benefits of nuanced, individualized systemic responses to sexual violence. If you like what you hear, please consider leaving a review on iTunes or telling a friend about us. Thank you so much for listening!

Show Links:

More from Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla

Aggression Blog: Using Science to Reduce Violence

Jedi Counsel Podcast Episode on the Assessment & Treatment of Paraphilic Disorders

Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy

National Center for PTSD

Information on the Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Abuse

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

Information on Restorative Justice

Centre for Justice & Reconciliation

Information about the U.S. Criminal Justice System

Serial: Season 3

The Marshall Project

More Information about the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised

Can a Test Really Tell Us Who’s a Psychopath?

Creator of Psychopathy Test Worries About Its Use

 

Jedi Counsel Podcast 107 – The Science of Memory and the Kavanaugh Allegations with Dr. Jonathan Corbin

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 explanations of flashbulb memories, eyewitness testimony, false memories, repressed memories, and best practices for asking people about events that occurred long ago. Dr. Corbin also explained how the context for memory influences the way it is assessed (e.g., clinical vs. legal vs. everyday settings). We discussed depictions of memory in fiction (e.g., Memento) and then concluded with Dr. Corbin’s thoughts about the questioning of Dr. Ford by the Senate panel. You can learn more about Dr. Corbin’s work on his website: http://www.jonathancorbin.net/ and by following him on Twitter: @JonathanCorbin2.

 

For more information, here are links to topics mentioned in the episode:

How to Get the Kavanaugh Hearings Right by Dr. Anita Hill

Kavanaugh Bears the Burden of Proof by Benjamin Wittes

Memory researchers who were mentioned: Drs. Loftus, Simons, Brainerd

Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors

Jedi Counsel Podcast 106 – Giving Away Psychology with The Arkham Asylum Doc, Dr. Andrea Letamendi

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 scientifically accurate mental health information with the public. She does this through co-hosting an amazing Batman podcast (The Arkham Sessions) and an awesome Star Wars podcast (Lattes with Leia), through her writing on Under the Mask and an inspiring TEDx talk, and through other public speaking appearances. We spoke to Dr. Letamendi about how she got interested in clinical psychology, what it’s been like sharing her personal experiences with imposter syndrome with the public, and how she embraces her identity as a geek in her work. Dr. Letamendi also told us about her experience consulting with Gail Simone on the New 52 Batgirl series and having a therapist comic book character named after her. We concluded with discussion of Dr. Letamendi’s future projects. We hope you enjoy listening to this episode – we had a lot of fun recording it!

 Check out more of Dr. Andrea Letamendi’s work at her website: http://www.underthemaskonline.com/ and on Twitter: @ArkhamAsylumDoc .

** due to some Skype connectivity issues, some of the sound quality varies a bit in the second half of the episode. Although the quality wavers, the content does not!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 105 – Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2018

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. Thomas Joiner’s interpersonal theory of suicide. We finished up by responding to a question about how you can help a friend who you think might be suicidal that was submitted by friend of the pod Murray.

In this episode we discussed several important people working to help understand and prevent suicide including (in no particular order) Dr. Thomas Joiner, Dr. Michael Anestis. Dr. Joy Cox-Anestis, Dr. David Klonsky, Dr. Mathew Nock, Dr. Mitch Prinstein, Dese’Rae L. Stage, and Rudy Caseres. Please check out the work that these many wonderful people are doing for very worthwhile content.

For more information on suicide, please visit the American Psychological Association’s reference sheet here: http://www.apa.org/topics/suicide/index.aspx or the National Institute of Mental Health’s reference sheet here: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/suicide-faq/index.shtml. If you or someone you know is at risk for suicide, please call 1–800–273–TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Links to topics mentioned in the show:

Klonsky & May (2015)’s The Three-Step Theory (3ST): A New Theory of Suicide Rooted in the “Ideation-to-Action” Framework

Joiner’s Why People Die By Suicide

Joiner, Van Orden, Witte, & Rudd’s The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide: Guidance for Working with Suicidal Clients

Rudy Caseres’ No Restraints

Dese’Rae Stage’s Live Through This Project

Suicide Prevention Social Media

Van Orden et al. (2010)’s The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide

Jonathan Singer’s Social Work Podcast

Nock & Prinstein’s A Functional Approach to the Assessment of Self-Mutilative Behavior

Suicide Prevention Information & Resources

Mike Anestis’ work on Guns & Suicide

Jedi Counsel Podcast 104 – Mental Health Themes in Queer Eye

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 principles of behavioral activation for depression, exposure for social anxiety, oppose-to-emotion action from dialectical behavior therapy, and acting “as if” and reframing unhelpful thoughts in cognitive-behavioral therapy. Overall, the show is sweet, heartwarming, and funny. We hope you enjoy our discussion of it – let us know what the show has meant to you!

PS – If you hear trickling water in the background, it is Brandon’s in-home hydroponic garden!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 103 – Geek Culture in Therapy with Dr. Patrick O’Connor

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 his psychology classes. Dr. O’Connor has published and presented on his use of superheroes in therapy and created a database of comic book stories categorized by therapeutic themes. It was fascinating to hear all about Dr. O’Connor’s work and his connections to Geek Therapy!

 

Check out more of Dr. O’Connor’s work at his website: http://www.comicspedia.net/ and on Twitter: @Comicspedia.

 

Thank you for listening! You can find us on TwitterFacebook, & Patreon!

Jedi Counsel Podcast Episode 102 – Sharing Psychology with the Public with Dr. Ali Mattu

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 does this through his YouTube channel on The Psych Show, through his blog on the psychology of science fiction (Brain Knows Better), and through co-hosting a weekly podcast (GT Radio). We spoke to Ali about how he got interested in clinical psychology, what it’s been like sharing his personal mental health stories with the public, and how he embraces his identity as a geek in his work. Ali also talked to us about what The Simpsons character, Apu, meant to him growing up and about media representation. We concluded with discussion of Ali’s future projects. We hope you enjoy listening to this episode – we had a lot of fun recording it!

 

Check out more of Dr. Ali Mattu’s work at his website: http://alimattu.com/ and on Twitter@AliMattu.

 

Thank you for listening! You can find us on TwitterFacebook, & Patreon!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 101 – Science and Fiction with Dr. Aaron Hanlon

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 century literature, epistemology and the organization of knowledge, and fictionality. He also writes articles on a variety of topics for national media outlets. We talked to Aaron about philosophy of science (including Popper’s The Logic of Scientific Discovery), misconceptions about English professors and humanities disciplines, and his research on the ways that fiction and science influence each other.

You can learn more about Aaron and his work by going to his website: http://www.aaronrhanlon.com/ or by following him on Twitter: @AaronRHanlon.

Thank you for listening! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, & Patreon!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 100 – Frasier Crane Day

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 celebrate 100 podcast episodes with Frasier Crane Day as well. We talked about the difference between psychology and psychiatry, the ethical issues faced in Frasier, our favorite episodes/moments, and the mental health of the main characters. Thank you so much for listening!

In this episode, we talked about Daphne & Marris showing symptoms of eating disorders. For more information about eating disorders and their treatment, please see the Academy for Eating Disorders website. We also discussed potential obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms in Niles. Please see the International OCD Foundation for more information about OCD. Finally, Frasier showed signs of depression, which you can learn more about here.

You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, & Patreon!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 99 – Podcasting, Mental Health, & Humor with Aryeh Cohen-Wade

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 walked us through his podcasting process. Culturally Determined includes discussions of a broad range of controversial and interesting topics (e.g., cultural appropriation, the Rick & Morty fandombody positivity) with diverse guests (e.g., David LittOsita NwanevuNatalie Wynn of ContraPoints). Next, we discussed a particularly powerful Culturally Determined episode on long-term antidepressant use with Danielle Tcholokian. Aryeh told us what it was like to share some of his own experiences with depression on that episode. We concluded with a discussion about mental health and humor, and Aryeh recommended listening to The Hilarious World of Depression.

Check out more of Aryeh’s work and writing at his website: https://aryehcw.wordpress.com/ and on Twitter: @AryehCW.

Thank you for listening! You can find us on TwitterFacebook, & Patreon!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 98 – Ask Us Anything

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 psychological science: http://www.theblackgoatpodcast.com/!). The questions ranged from whether it is appropriate to have a podcast if you’re a clinical psychology graduate student to the psychology behind Harry Potter being willing to self-sacrifice to defeat Voldemort. We hope you enjoy this very informal discussion, and please feel free to send us questions and thoughts any time on Twitter (@Jedi_Counsel) or e-mail: jedicounselblog@gmail.com,. Thanks for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 97 – Reunite Families who were Separated at the Border

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 parent-child separation and 2) suggest actions that you can take to fight this abhorrent policy. While an executive order may have ended the practice of separation, it’s still vitally important that families who have already been separated get reunited. We also discussed some of our suggestions for balancing your mental health needs in the face of this news. For more detailed information, please check out our blog post: https://jedi-counsel.com/2018/06/20/stop-the-separation-of-families-at-the-border/.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 96 – Superhero Therapy with Dr. Janina Scarlet

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 her family experienced dangerous anti-Semitic threats until they were eventually granted refugee status. Once in the United States, Dr. Scarlet was targeted by bullies and experienced mental health struggles. Her connections to superhero stories helped her to cope and feel empowered in the face of hardships. Dr. Scarlet went on to become a psychologist and now she is helping others through Superhero Therapy, which places evidence-based mental health intervention techniques (e.g., acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy) in the context of popular culture and relatable stories. She now travels the world training mental health professionals and connecting with people about their experiences. We hope you enjoy this episode! It was an honor for us to interview Dr. Scarlet. You can check out all of her wonderful work at http://www.superhero-therapy.com/.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 95 – Suicide in the News

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 brief episode is about tending to your mental health needs, helping someone if they have suicidal thoughts, and pointing out some misconceptions about suicide. We hope for a future with the resources needed to effectively prevent suicide.

 

For additional information, please visit:

 

American Association of Suicidology

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Trans Lifeline

The Trevor Project

Veterans Crisis Line

Effective Child Therapy

Research-Supported Psychological Treatments

 

If you have any questions for us, please contact us on Twitter or e-mail us at jedicounselblog@gmail.com. Thank you for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 94 – Reactions to A Quiet Place, Blockers, Deadpool 2, & Solo

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 – how funny it was and the parent-child relationship depictions. Then, we went into more detail about Deadpool 2, including some discussion of suicidal desire. Lastly, we talked about Solo and our thoughts about motivations for various characters behavior. Let us know what you think by tweeting us at @Jedi_Counsel!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 93 – Talking Mental Health Advocacy & Lived Experience with Rudy Caseres

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 suicide. In addition to hosting a Facebook show (No Restraints) with a variety of interesting topics and guests, he’s given over 100 public talks, works with This is My Brave, was awarded NAMI California’s Outstanding Peer Award in 2017, and writes for The Mighty. He was named a Mighty Mental Health Hero in 2017 for being a social media superstar. We discussed his impactful work, his opinions on forced treatment, and his views on whether he wants his bipolar disorder to be cured. You can view some of Rudy’s talks on YouTube and find links to his other amazing work on his website, www.rudycaseres.com. Thank you so much for listening!

 

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 92 – Avengers: Infinity War Reaction Episode

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 much for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 91 – Jessica Jones, Season 2 Part 2, Anger Management, Dissociation, & Substance Use

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 checked in about the development of the main characters in this season and what we thought about the directions their characters went in.

You can find us on TwitterFacebookour website, or Patreon. Thanks so much for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 90 – Talking Social Justice, Psychology, and Black Panther with Dr Lamisha Hill and Dr Bedford Palmer from Naming It

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 lives – all through the lens of two Black psychologists. Naming It is dedicated to acknowledging the elephant in the room—validating the lived experience of people of color.” We talked to them about the origins and purpose of their podcast, the geeky activities that they currently enjoy, and their thoughts about Black Panther. Thanks for listening!

You can find us on TwitterFacebookour website, or Patreon. Thanks so much for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 89 – Jessica Jones, PTSD, & Recovered Memories

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 as a person who is affected by posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder. For more details, please check out our blog post and podcast episode about Season 1 of Jessica Jones. Secondly, we talked about the psychological science on hypnosis and recovered memories (this paper suggests that it’s harmful). For more about the science on memories, check out our episode on brain myths with cognitive psychologist, Dr. Rob Gordon. For more about Elizabeth Loftus’ work on memory, you can watch her TED Talk here. Finally, we concluded with our reactions to the phrase that The Whizzer says, “With great power comes great mental illness.”

You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, our website, or Patreon. Thanks so much for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 88 – Discussing Faith and Mental Health with Robert Vore

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 Christian communities. In addition to hosting a podcast with a variety of fascinating topics and guests, Robert also shares his own mental health experiences with others to reduce stigma and start conversations. Recent writing includes a blog post titled Reflections on Bad Tweets about Faith and Mental Health and an article for The Mighty called What Happens to a Depressed Brain at Night. We concluded by talking about Robert’s favorite depictions of mental health in fiction, including BoJack Horseman and Rick and Morty. We hope you enjoy this episode and check out all of Robert’s great work! Contact us on Twitter if you have any specific topics you’d like us to talk about! Thanks for listening! We are grateful for your support!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 87 – Bladerunner, Diagnostic Tests, & Empathy with Dr. Ben Balas

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? We delved into the topics of assessment and testing in psychology through discussion of the Voigt-Kampff and Boneli Reflex Arc tests. We chatted about the complexities of diagnosis for low base rate phenomena and then talked about the fact that technological advances don’t always yield superior tools (e.g., in the case of lie detector tests). We also talked about a recent Atlantic article by Ed Yong on psychopathy. Dr. Balas spoke with us about the Turing Test and provided some history on its development, and then we spent time focused on the themes of empathy and uncertainty throughout the book and movie. We hope you enjoyed this episode – we had a lot of fun making it for you! Contact us on Twitter if you have any specific topics you’d like us to talk about! Thanks for listening! We are grateful for your support!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 86 – College Mental Health

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 reading this fascinating Kraft (2011) article. Next, we gave some suggestions for helping students with a variety of different concerns (e.g., seeking therapy referrals, exhibiting unusual behavior, requesting accommodations). We discussed student/professor boundaries and strategies for reducing mental health stigma in the classroom. We concluded by recommending an interesting article by Jesse Singal on The Myth of the Ever-More Fragile College Student. Contact us on Twitter if you have any specific topics you’d like us to talk about! Thanks for listening! We are so grateful for your support!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 85 – The Big Lebowski, Part 2

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 types of treatment approaches people use to treat anger problems. Then, we talked about Maude Lebowski and evaluated whether her claim about nymphomania (satyriasis in men) was consistent with the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders formulation. Then, we closed the episode with some discussion of mindfulness. There were many fun tangents involved: some about Frasier and others about Kevin Smith! Contact us on Twitter if you have any specific topics you’d like us to talk about! Thanks for listening! We are grateful for your support!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 84 – Black Panther Reaction Episode

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 back on our regular schedule very soon! Tweet us and let us know what you thought of the movie!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 83 – The Big Lebowski

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 connections between the Coen Brothers and the city where we live (Fargo). Then, we geeked out about some of our favorite aspects of the movie. Next, we discussed whether The Dude is experiencing cannabis use disorder or not. For more details on The Dude’s mental health, read our full fictional evaluation of The Dude. Finally, we concluded by speculating about where Walter Sobchak and The Dude would fall on each of the Big 5 personality traits. There are more Lebowski episodes planned. Contact us on Twitter if you have any specific topics you’d like us to talk about! Thanks for listening! We are grateful for your support!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 82 – Discussing James Bond with Dr. Keith Donohue

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 a great character! In this episode, we invited Dr. Keith Donohue to talk to us about the history of James Bond, the different versions of his character, and the psychology of his personality. We delved into changing depictions of women characters in Bond films and pondered the motivation for the modern versions of Bond. We mostly focused on Casino Royale. We also talked about psychopathy and reference this documentary called The Ice Man and the Psychiatrist, Cleckley’s book The Mask of Sanity, and Lykken’s book The Antisocial Personalities. We hope you enjoy this episode! Thank you for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 81 – Paraphilic Disorders, Part 2 with Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla

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 of individuals who have been accused of sexual violence. The episode included an overview of the biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors related to paraphilic disorders. We also discussed the state of the research on effective prevention and treatment for individuals who have committed acts of sexual violence. We concluded with Dr. Bobadilla’s thoughts on the courage it takes to report sexual abuse and harassment, as we’ve recently witnessed through the #MeToo movement.

For more in-depth information on the treatment and prevention of sexual abuse, please visit the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers website or the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists website. Resources for individuals who have survived sexual abuse are available at the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network.

If you would like to support us, please consider leaving a review for us on iTunes, telling a friend about us, or becoming a Patreon patron. Thank you so much for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 80 – Paraphilic Disorders, Part 1

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 relevant mental health information about people who engage in sexual abuse or harassment. These behaviors are influenced by multiple factors (e.g., cultural, psychological). This episode limited its focus to paraphilic disorders that may be relevant for some of the allegations that have received recent media attention: exhibitionistic disorder, frotteuristic disorder, and pedophilic disorder. For more in-depth information on the treatment and prevention of sexual abuse, please visit the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers website or the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists website. Resources for individuals who have survived sexual abuse are available at the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network. We will record a follow-up episode with an expert guest that goes into more details about this topic.

If you would like to support us, please consider leaving a review for us on iTunes, telling a friend about us, or becoming a Patreon patron. Thank you so much for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 79 – The Punisher and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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 soldiers transitioning back to their roles as civilians. We mentioned an interview with the showrunner of The Punisher Netflix series and a TED talk by Adam Driver about the challenges that can accompany this transition. Then, we provided an overview of the diagnostic criteria for PTSD and named evidenced-based treatments for it. For more information on PTSD, check out our blog post and podcast episode on Jessica Jones.

If you would like to support us, please consider leaving a review for us on iTunes, telling a friend about us, or becoming a Patreon patron. Thank you so much for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 77 – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Borderline Personality Disorder, Part 2

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 focuses on a treatment for borderline personality disorder called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). First, we talked about the founder of DBT, Marsha Linehan. Then, we provided an overview of the scientific support and framework for DBT. We also recommended checking out the Suicide Prevention Social Media Chat (#SPSM) and Learned from Gaming. Thank you for listening! Happy holidays!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 76 – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Borderline Personality Disorder, Part 1

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 Ex-Girlfriend. We were impressed by the realistic ways that they portrayed the lead character’s feelings about her diagnosis and how it reflected research on diagnostic feedback and some of our clinical experiences. After discussing the show, we described the diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder, the prevalence rates, and some of the associated features. Tune in next week to hear about a research-based treatment for borderline personality disorder called Dialectical Behavior Therapy!

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 74 – Reactions to Justice League

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 in Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, Superman, and The Flash. Let us know what you thought of the movie by tweeting us at @Jedi_Counsel!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 73 – Stranger Things 2 Series, Part 2

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 behavior modification strategy, providing appropriate and helpful diagnostic feedback, the importance and influence of having a name, the impact of trauma on hippocampal volume, dating advice and asking for consent, and active listening. Join us next week as we conclude our mini-series on the psychological science depicted in Strange Things 2!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 72 – Stranger Things 2 Series, Part 1

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 talked about episodes 1-3 of Stranger Things. WARNING: THERE ARE A BUNCH OF SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE!!! We talked about the following psychological concepts in Stranger Things: trauma, “the anniversary effect,” Phineas Gage, and therapy for nightmares. Join us next week for more geeking-out about Stranger Things and psychological science!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 71 – Thor: Ragnarok Review

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 don’t tune in until you’ve seen the film! Thanks for listening! Also, let us know what you think of the new intro theme music!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 70 – The Psychology of Behavior Change, Part 2

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 efforts. We share some of the apps and methods that we have personally found helpful. We mention the following in the episode: HabitBullSuperBetter, and Level Up Your Life (to our knowledge none have been scientifically-tested, but we have personally found them useful). We wish you a wonderful week with good mental health!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 69 – Psychology of Behavior Change, Part 1

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 it’s helpful, please check out RAINN. It is an anti-sexual violence organization with a website that contains resources, information, and a hotline (800-656-4673). Next, we begin an introduction to the psychological science underlying behavioral modification (i.e., behavioral change). We talk about reinforcement, punishment, and other aspects of behavior. Our next episode will discuss how you can use these principles to change your own behaviors and habits. Thanks for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 68 – Trends Like These Tribute Episode: Beyond the Psychology Headlines

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, news stories, and Wi-Fives). While our podcast usually explores mental health in fictional characters, this episode is all about discussing recent psychology-related new stories.

These are the 4 stories we discussed:

1 MENSA Offers to Host IQ Test for Trump and Tillerson

    For more on IQs, check out this article and this link. Learn more about Rosa’s Law here. For research showing how environments are related to various outcomes, look here and here.

2 Why Adults are Obsessed with Teen Dramas, According to Psychology

3 Pete Davidson Addresses Borderline Personality Disorder on Saturday Night Live

    For more about borderline personality disorder and its treatment, check out this link and this one.

4 Billion-Tweet Study Proves We Write Happier Messages When the Weather is Good

We concluded the episode by thanking Brent and Travis for their tweets on #WorldMentalHealthDay. They each shared their experiences with mental health issues to reduce stigma, and we think that is inspiring and awesome! We hope you all enjoy this non-fiction episode! Next week, we’ll be back to fiction!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 67 – Taking Care of Your Mental Health

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 importance of managing mental health in the face of stressful news. People directly affected by these events particularly need resources, but those of us who are indirectly affected can also be impacted. We share some of the ways that we have found helpful in balancing the importance of awareness of world events with the importance of maintaining wellness. What mental health maintenance strategies do you find helpful? If you Tweet or message them to us, we’ll share them. Let’s work together and support each other.

In the episode, we mention that one strategy for coping is to find ways to help. This can include calling your government representatives to express your opinions on an issue, reaching out to people affected, and/or donating to related charities. If you are in the U.S., you can find the contact information for your representatives in Congress here: https://whoismyrepresentative.com/.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 66 – Exploring Language in Science Fiction with Dr. Erin Conwell

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 shared fascinating information about the fictional languages in Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and more! We learned so many fun facts making this episode, and we hope you enjoy it!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 65: When Does Collecting Become Hoarding?

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 become a problem? In this episode, we talk about the diagnostic criteria for hoarding disorder, provide some facts about how common it is, talk about what puts people at risk for it, and describe how mental health practitioners treat it. For more information on hoarding, please visit https://hoarding.iocdf.org/.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 64 – Stress, Pregnancy, & Wynonna Earp with Dr. Clayton Hilmert

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 a special guest on our show. Dr. Clayton Hilmert is a health psychologist with expertise in the impact of stress on the body (e.g., how it can lead to cardiovascular problems). We recommend checking out his fascinating TEDx talk! In this episode, Dr. Hilmert first talked to us about his important research on stress during pregnancy and how it can lead to adverse birth outcomes (e.g., low birth weight, infant mortality), racial disparities in birth outcomes, and how social connections can help to lessen the negative effects of stress. Next, we discussed how his research findings connect to the TV series, Wynonna Earp. We talked about how Wynonna’s pregnancy was represented in the show and discussed the implications of the stressors she experienced. Finally, we concluded with Dr. Hilmert telling us about his favorite fictional character. Thank you for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 63 – Rick and Morty Series Part 3: Toxic Rick and Motivational Interviewing

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 that, we briefly discuss the episode called Rest and Ricklaxation, in which we see what qualities Rick perceives to be toxic. Lastly (well actually early on, but still), we announce our potential plans to start a brand new Rick and Morty podcast geared toward breaking down the psychology in each and every episode! If you have liked this mini-series,  you can support the funding for the new podcast at our Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/Jedi_Counsel. Thank you!! 

Jedi Counsel Podcast 62 – Rick & Morty Series, Part 2: The Psychology of Rick Sanchez

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 disorder, psychopathy, or an alcohol use disorder. For more details on these topics, check out our full blog post about Rick’s mental health or the video of our Psychology of the Dark Side talk. Finally, we mention a wonderful video featuring Dr. Andrea Letamendi at the beginning of the episode. You can watch it here. We hope you enjoy this episode! If you do, please do us a favor and leave us a review on iTunes! Thank you so much!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 61 – Rick & Morty Series, Part 1: Pickle Rick & Family Therapy

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 thoughts on Dr. Wong’s interpretations and thoughts. This episode was totally inspired by listener suggestions and came to be through popular demand– so thank you all very much! This one’s especially for all of you who kindly recommended it to us! We hope you enjoy it!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 60 – Iron Fist and Mental Health Facilities

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 clients. Specifically, we focus on how the mental health staff approach diagnosing and treating Danny within the context of the show. We briefly mention two relatively recent articles on the use of restraints in hospitals. For more information, please check them out here and here. Thank you so much for listening! We hope you have a wonderful week!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 59 – Tobias Funke, Dr. Spaceman, & Psychologists’ Code of Conduct

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 Conduct that psychologists follow. We elaborate on some of these principles by giving examples of misconduct by two fictional health professionals (Dr. Tobias Funke of Arrested Development and Dr. Spaceman of 30 Rock) who have some, shall we say….problematic (but funny in a comedic context!) conduct.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 58 – To the Bone and Anorexia Nervosa, Part 2

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 and treatment. Next, we discuss our opinions about the benefits and risks associated with depictions of mental health problems in social media, movies, and shows. We conclude with one of Brandon’s beloved pearls of wisdom. Thanks for tuning in!! For more information on eating disorders, check out the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Clinical Psychology section of the American Psychological Association website. You can find more information about the two studies that we discuss here & here

Jedi Counsel Podcast 57 – To the Bone and Anorexia Nervosa, Part 1

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 impressions of the movie, evaluate the depictions of eating disorders and therapy in it, and address questions that people submitted (thank you, question-submitters!). We conclude with a bit of a tangential discussion of Frasier and decide that we’ll need a second episode to talk more about the movie and treatment for anorexia nervosa. If you’d like to learn more about Maudsley (which was briefly mentioned in the movie), this is an outstanding resource. Thank you so much for tuning in!!!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 56 – Mr. Monk and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Part 2

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 treatment for OCD (exposure and response prevention). We conclude with our analysis of fictional characters who are depicted with some OCD-like symptoms (e.g., Adrian Monk, Sheldon Cooper) and identify resources for more information about OCD here, here, and here.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 55 – BONUS EPISODE Spider-Man: Homecoming

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 Spidey-Spoilers! Thanks for listening and let us know what you’d like to hear us talk about next!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 54 – Mr. Monk and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Part 1

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 Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, the difference between obsessions and compulsions, and some of the risk factors and prevalence rates. Next week we will continue on by diving into some depictions of OCD in popular culture based on some of the great characters that you all tweeted to us! If any more come to mind, feel free to send them our way! As always, thanks for listening!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 53 – Get Out, Part 2: A Discussion of Racism and Mental Health

*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 mental health. Next, we discuss the approaches that mental health professionals take to provide effective services for diverse clients. Finally, we offer concluding thoughts and one of Brandon’s famous pearls of wisdom.

For more detailed information on these topics, please check out the following:

Get Out: Jordan Peele, a podcast episode on the Q&A Podcast

A blog post by Katie that summarizes and links to information about racial discrimination

American Psychological Association resources on psychology & racism

Naming It, a podcast co-hosted by two psychologists who “explore the intersections of social justice, psychology, and Blackness”

Hidden Brain, a podcast that recently did a series of episodes on topics related to psychology & racism

-5 mental health podcasts by therapists of color

Jedi Counsel Podcast 52 – Get Out, Part 1: Hypnosis, Mental Health Representation, & Treatment for Smoking

*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 health professional depicted in the movie, including her use of hypnosis. We conclude by talking very briefly about evidence-based treatments for quitting smoking.

For more detailed information on these topics, please check out the following:

How Hypnosis Works, a podcast episode by How Stuff Works

Get Out: Jordan Peele, a podcast episode on the Q&A Podcast

-For more information about quitting smoking, check out these resources from the American Lung Association.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 51 – Pride Month & the Love is Love Comic Anthology

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 mental health or medical professional. If you are struggling with mental health issues, please seek professional help.
Episode Summary: It has been one year since the tragic loss of lives at Pulse nightclub. We begin this episode by discussing the Love is Love comic anthology that was created in remembrance of those affected. Next, we provide a brief overview of LGBTQ+ history within the field of psychology and discuss how discrimination negatively impacts mental health. Finally, we discuss some ways that mental health professionals can work toward reducing discrimination toward LGBTQ+ people. This episode does not go into depth, and instead provides an overview/introduction of these topics. For more detailed information and additional resources, please check out the following:

The APA Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
APA blog post on a study by the CDC on health risks faced by LGB Youth
The Trevor Project
Trans Lifeline
JAMA paper on same-sex marriage legislation and adolescent suicide attempt rates
This American Life episode about how “homosexuality” was removed from the DSM
Sawbones episode on Conversion Therapy
Information on the LGBT PRIDE Act
Love Is Love comic anthology
APA document on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation

Also, check out Geek Therapy’s episode on Love is Love here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 50 – Myths, Part 5: Substance Use-Related Myths with Dr. Keith Donohue

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.  Some fictional characters we discuss include Jessica Jones, Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad, Dr. House, and Logan. If you are interested in additional information on this topic, you can find it here and here.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 49 – BONUS EPISODE – Wonder Woman, First Impressions and Initial Reactions (SPOILERS)

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 you think on Twitter at @jedi_counsel! PS – SPOILERS!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 48 – Myths, Part 4: Forensic Psychology-Related Myths & Silence of the Lambs

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 accurate means of detecting dishonesty (it’s not, BUT tune in to hear how it has a cool connection with Wonder Woman!), 2) Most people with mental illnesses are violent (they’re not!), 3) Criminal profiling is helpful in solving cases (not as helpful as we’d like), and more!  We also discuss Silence of the Lambs and speculate about what made Clarice Starling such a compelling character that she inspired many people to want to have similar career paths.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 47 – Myths, Part 3 Mental Health Myths

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 psychology and mention a few myths we’ve heard about our field. We refer to this link that goes into more detail about the differences between some different types of mental health professional training. Next, we address several more myths, such as: 1) suicides occur at higher rates during the winter holidays (they don’t), 2) all “talk therapy” is the same (it’s not), and more! DISCLAIMER: We are NOT trained medical professionals and you should not seek any advice for your personal situations from this podcast. You should speak directly to a medical or mental health professional about any concerns. We mention some general findings in the research for educational purposes, but it should not be used as advice.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 46 – BONUS EPISODE Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 & the Psychology of Family Connections

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 characters through a psychological lens and connect concepts with some of the therapeutic work we’ve done.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 45 – Myths, Part 2, Bullying Myths with Dr. Wendy Troop-Gordon

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 we do about it? Listen in to find out all of this and more! 

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 44 – Myths, Part 1: Brain Myths with Dr. Robert Gordon

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 video) recorder? And is it possible to subliminally influence other people? For other great myths of psychology, check out this book that Dr. Gordon references here: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-EHEP002362.html

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 43 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (revisited) and Bereavement

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 parents. We talking about responding to grief, different styles of grief, and how the relationship between bereavement and depression recently changed

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 42 – The Jedi Counsel and One Year of Podcasting

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 Jedi Counsel Podcast. 

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 41 – The Depiction of Suicide in 13 Reasons Why, Part 3

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 the areas of accuracy, places in need of improvement, and what we know based on the research. This episode contains spoilers and information through the end of the series.

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, help is available – please reach out at 1-800-273-TALK or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.

 For more information about sexual assault, look here. If you or someone you know is concerned about this issue, you can call 1-800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

 Learn the warning signs for suicide here: http://www.suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs and risk factors here: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/.

 For more information on the articles discussed in this episode about suicide contagion, look here and here. For media guidelines for discussing suicide, look here.

 You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 40 – The Depiction of Suicide in 13 Reasons Why, Part 2

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 through episode seven.

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, help is available – please reach out at 1-800-273-TALK or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. Learn the warning signs for suicide here: http://www.suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs and risk factors here: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/.

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 39 – The Depiction of Suicide in 13 Reasons Why, Part 1

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 people who die by suicide, warning signs, reasons for suicide, and how people respond following someone’s death by suicide. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, help is available – please reach out at 1-800-273-TALK or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. Learn the warning signs for suicide here: http://www.suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs and risk factors here: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/.

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!
The survey link mentioned in the episode is here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 38 – Major Depressive Disorder and Batgirl, Part 2

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) works. Then we take what we learned and apply it to none other than Barbara Gordon, the Batgirl!

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!
The survey link mentioned in the episode is here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 37 – Major Depressive Disorder and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Part 1

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 cover some of the theories and treatments for major depressive disorder.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 35 – Suicidal Ideation and Logan

***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 related to suicide; click here for statistics, here for warning signs, and here for what you can do if you are concerned about a friend or loved one.

You can find Thomas Joiner‘s book about the interpersonal theory of suicide here. Katie’s lab’s study examining the stigma of suicide is available here.

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here. You can check out our new Jedi Counsel merchandise here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 34 – Internet Gaming Disorder and The Guild

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 with Felicia Day! Thanks for listening!

You can check out the other great Geek Therapy Podcast Network shows here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 33 – Eating Disorder Awareness Week and Body Depiction in Comics

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 upon treatments.
Click here for more information about eating disorders.
Click here for more information about treatments for eating disorders. 
Click here for the Atlantic article on the comic book character Faith Herbert.
Click here for the article on Renae De Liz on drawing women in comics. 

Jedi Counsel Podcast 32 – Dissociative Identity Disorder, Part 3: Split Review

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 a compassionate depiction. See here for the referenced article from The Guardian, sent in via Zach McGough. Thanks, Zach! 

PS- This episode has SPOILERS galore! Do not listen until you have seen the film!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 31 – Dissociative Identity Disorder, Part 2

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 Strangler. Then we jump into some fictional examples, including Two-Face, of Batman fame, and Tara from The United States of Tara. Thanks for listening in!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 30 – Dissociative Identity Disorder, Part 1

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. We start things off by talking about what the disorder is, what the symptoms are, and how it is treated! Next week we will dive in on how the disorder is portrayed in popular media!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 29 – Rogue One, Hope, and Representation

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!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 28 – Bipolar Disorder and a Tribute to Carrie Fisher

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 myths/facts, the symptoms, and available treatments. Thanks for listening in!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 26 – Kevin Smith

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 that right, two pearls of wisdom!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 25 – The McElroy Brothers, Humor, and Mental Health

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 good, good brothers, how humor and mental health might be related, and then we finish up by answering some questions Yahoo! Answers related to psychology!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 21 – Wonder Woman

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 need to fine tune the process again! Thank you!)

Jedi Counsel Podcast 20 – Halloween Scare-tacular! Fear, Anxiety, and Phobias

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, and phobias. Happy Halloween, everyone!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 18 – Superheroes and Coping Styles

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 them as a coping skill. How do superheroes help to inspire or motivate you?

Jedi Counsel Podcast 16 – Star Wars, Part 2 – The Dark Side

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 falling to the dark side. 

Jedi Counsel Podcast 15 – Star Wars and (some) Psychology, Part 1

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 world, our podcast can have its own Star Wars trilogy. Tune in as we continue the conversation about Star Wars and how it relates to mental health over the following two episodes.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 14 – The Science of Clinical Psychology

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 science vs an art, click here and here! You can find more information about empirically supported interventions here, and for children, here! And click here to learn more about treatments that harm! And for a great blog resource on empirically supported interventions, click here!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 13 – Jessica Jones and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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 you can find some further resources for PTSD via the VA system.

Jedi Counsel Podcast 12 – Controversy over Diagnosing Donald Trump

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 controversial topic!

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!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 11 – Psychology and the Suicide Squad

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 characters.

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!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 10 – Richard Early from Paradox Comics-N-Cards

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 just learning about podcasting. Feel free to jump to Episode 13 for a dramatic increase in sound quality. Thanks!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 9 – A Simple Case

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 quality, as we were just learning about podcasting. Feel free to jump to Episode 13 for a dramatic increase in sound quality. Thanks!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 8 – The Killing Joke

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. Hear our thoughts about how they portray the character of Batgirl as well as mental health. 

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!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 7 – Pokemon GO and Dark Night

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 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!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 6 – Why does everyone hate Kylo Ren!?

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 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!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 5 – Comics & Psychology

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 & Dark Horse Comics. Many excellent psychologists have utilized comics in their work – we have posted links to their websites here.

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!

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!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 3 – Diversity Day

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 to jump to Episode 13 for a dramatic increase in sound quality. Thanks!

Jedi Counsel Podcast 2 – Harley Quinn and The Joker

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 dramatic increase in sound quality. Thanks!