Episode 119: Relationship Research, Couples Therapy, & Romance in The Office

Note from Katie: I realized after recording that I should have used the term “romantic partner selection” instead of “mate selection.” So sorry about that! Please mentally edit me throughout while listening to put my mind at ease – thank you!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, this episode is all about relationships, couples therapy, and romance in The Office with special guest, Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla! First, we talked about the factors that influence initiation of romantic relationships and whether assortative mating is real. Next, we chatted about unhealthy and healthy components of relationships. With tons of references to your favorite Office characters, we described some of the main components of couples therapy and how those skills seemed to help Pam and Jim in Season 9. This may be laughy-est episode we’ve ever done! We hope you enjoy it!

If you want to skip ahead to certain sections, here’s a guide (analyses of characters from The Office are part of every section):

  • 10:01 – Romantic Partner Selection & Assortative Mating
  • 45:12  – Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships & Longevity
  • 1:08:00 – Couples Therapy Components (Communication Skills)

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  • Check out Katie’s cousin’s music on SoundCloud – it’s really, really good and under the name Couples Therapy!

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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