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!

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!

Things We Liked in 2017

Here’s an (incomplete) list of things we liked in 2017! Some of the things listed came out before this year but are included because of how much we enjoyed them in 2017.

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Interacting with You!

We are so grateful for our listeners and the people that we connected with via social media. We loved talking about mental health and our shared nerdy interests with you!  Thank you for a wonderful year! We’ll work hard to create lots of high quality content for you in 2018! Special thanks go out to our Patreon patrons, to anyone who rated and reviewed us on iTunes, and to anyone who shared our stuff with a friend!

Podcasts

We are part of the Geek Therapy Podcast Network, which celebrates mental health and geek culture! You can check out the other podcasts on our network here.

My Brother My Brother and Me (which we got to see recorded live!) and SModcast made us laugh a lot.

Naming It made us think about the intersection of social justice and psychology.

Trends Like These helped us examine current events and news in greater depth.

Stay Tuned with Preet gave us insightful, diverse interviews with people interested in justice.

The Black Goat Pod helped us to think critically about the science of psychology.

The Adventure Zone brought us into an amazing Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

S-Town told a compelling story of a man who struggled with mental health issues.

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Movies

This was a great year for movies! Some of our favorites include: Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Logan, Justice League, Thor: RagnarokGet Out, Spiderman: Homecoming, & The Big Sick.

Comics

2017 also brought us many fantastic comics! Some of the ones we particularly enjoyed were: DC Rebirth Wonder Woman, Batman/The Flash: The Button, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, a Yoga Hosers One Shot, DC Rebirth Batman, DC Rebirth Green Arrow, & DC Rebirth Batgirl and the Birds of Prey.

Games

Some of our favorite games this year were Stardew Valley and Dungeons & Dragons.

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Music

Katie loved new music from Dessa, and Brandon got really into Hamilton! We both enjoyed this song from My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend:

TV Shows

We loved some newer shows like Stranger Things, Wynonna Earp, and Rick & Morty, while rewatching older classics like Frasier and The Office.

Comedy

Katie really liked this stand-up comedy special: Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King.

Mental Health Folks on Social Media

The Suicide Prevention Social Media (SPSM) Chat crew is awesome, and you should check out the great stuff they do!

We wish you all a very happy & healthy 2018!

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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!