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.

Rickistential Podcast 8 – Total Rickall, Get Schwifty, The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Big Trouble in Little Sanchez

Hi Rick and Morty/mental health fans! We discussed 4 Rick and Morty episodes from Season 2: Total Rickall, Get Schwifty, The Ricks Must Be Crazy, and Big Trouble in Little Sanchez. Listen in to find out whether we agree with Rick that earth therapy is like asking a horse to fix a merry-go-round (we don’t), how spirituality is/is not included in therapy, how accurate the couples therapy depiction is in the show, and the true meaning of Ice-T’s quote, “You do your thing, but I can’t afford to get my pride wrapped up in your shame.” Thanks so much for listening!

Links to topics mentioned in the show:

Robert Vore & Dr. Holly Oxhandler’s CXMH Podcast on Faith & Mental Health

Run the Jewels’ Rick and Morty Song “Oh Mama”

Elliott Smith’s Behind the Bars and Miss Misery

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 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 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 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!

Rickistential Podcast 7 – A Rickle in Time, Mortynight Run, & Auto Erotic Assimilation (S2, Eps 1-3)

In this episode, we continued to explore the pain that Rick is masking and discussed suicide themes in the show. We referenced a Jedi Counsel podcast episode with special guest Rudy Caseres about using restraints in mental health settings – you can listen to that here. We previously talked about Rick’s suicidal behavior with our friends at Suicide Prevention Social Media (#SPSM), and you can watch that here. Please check out our suicide prevention information and resources here.

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!

The Rickistential Podcast 6 – Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind & Ricksy Business (S1, E10 & E11)

In this episode, we talked about whether we think Rick is truly in emotional pain, what we think is Morty’s motivation for covering for Rick’s house party, and whether people with antisocial and narcissistic personality disorder traits truly experience emotional pain.

 

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

The Rickistential Podcast 5 – Rixty Minutes & Something Ricked This Way Comes (S1, E8 & E9)

In this episode, we talked about the themes of regret, reality TV and social media (including the #PlaneBae story), meaning-making, and the nature of changes made in science from Pluto to the diagnostic system of mental disorders (Bring Back Pluto).

 

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

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 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!

The Rickistential Podcast 4 – Rick Potion #9 and Raising Gazropazorp (S1, E6 & E7)

Hello, Rickistentialists! This week we discussed “Rick Potion #9” and “Raising Gazropazorp.” First, we talked about fictional portrayals of romantic relationships and highlighted some healthy examples while also pointing out some unhealthy examples of fictional relationships. We chatted about how therapy might help individuals who have dating-related concerns. Then, we talked about parenting and the influences of nature and nurture on children.

You can find us on TwitterFacebookour 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!

The Rickistential Podcast 3 – Meeseeks and Simulation (S1, E4 & E5)

This week, we continued our (unofficial) analysis of Rick and Morty by discussing “M. Night Shaym-Aliens!” and “MeSeeks and Destroy.” We spent some time talking about David Cross’ guest appearance, a cognitive-behavioral therapy conceptualization of self-worth and work, and how to treat a fear of public speaking. Then, we highlighted an interaction between Rick and Morty, where Rick claimed the world was chaotic. Morty replied by telling Rick that he was the chaotic one. We connected this to some of Rick’s personality disorder features. The show also focused on Beth as she struggled to recognize different aspects of her identity. We hope you enjoy this episode! Thanks SO much for listening!

Rickistential Podcast 2: Snuffles Takes Over & Pirates of The Pancreas (S1, E2 & E3)

In this episode, we talked about episodes 2 (Lawnmower Dog) and 3 (Anatomy Park) from Season 1! We talked about our favorite parts of the shows and discussed some of the psychological concepts that appeared in the episode, including: time-outs/grounding, mental health effects of social media use, whether dogs really dream 7 times faster than humans, learning how to chill, and informed consent in experimental scientific procedures. Thanks for listening!

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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!

Rickistential Podcast Pilot – (S1, E1)

Welcome to our new podcast where we will have lively discussion about psychology, mental health, humor, and life lessons from the brilliant show Rick and Morty! This show was made possible by our wonderful Patreon patrons. We are so grateful for their support! The beautiful artwork for our podcast is by Murray. You can check out his other art on Twitter and Instagram at @TheMuzzMc. The title of our podcast was suggested by Jurisfiction Podcast. We opened the podcast by talking about recent news about Dan Harmon. Then, we launched into our analysis of the first episode of Rick and Morty. We discussed their family dynamics, psychological characteristics, and more!

You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!