The Psychology of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Hey, Jedi Counsel fans! This week we decided to finally catch up with the world and check out Black Mirror: Bandersnatch! We know, we are a bit behind everyone else, but we were excited to talk about it anyways! Listen in as we both go through our individual choices and discuss some of the psychological themes that are depicted on the various paths. Throughout the different paths, there are depictions of therapy, taking psychiatric medications, dealing with guilt/trauma, engaging in substance use, suicide (maybe?), and our least favorite of all, depictions of an individual struggling from mental health concerns engaging in violent behavior towards others. We break down all of these themes and more. Have you tried Bandersnatch? How did your experience compare to ours? What were your overall thoughts?

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Episode 118 – The Psychology of Bird Box

Content warning: This episode contains discussion of depictions of suicide and self-harm.

Hey folks! We are back this week and we decided to check out the new Netflix film Bird Box. We started off by visiting about our overall impressions of the film and some relevant background information. Following that, we dig into some of the psychological themes present in the film. This includes depictions of suicide and self-harm, the use of mental health language (words like “psychotic”, “crazy”, etc.), and categorizing people with mental health difficulties in a different and potentially problematic way. Following that, we very briefly touched upon the “Bird Box Challenges” making their way around the internet. What did you think of the film?

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