Episode 117 – Narcissism in The Office Characters with Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla

Professor and clinical psychologist, Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla, joined us to discuss examples of narcissism in characters from The Office. We first discussed where the term narcissism came from and what it means to the public, therapists, and researchers. Then, we talked about different aspects of narcissism: pathological vs. adaptive and grandiose vs. vulnerable. Next, we talked about the narcissistic features that Michael Scott, Andy Bernard, and Ryan Howard express in the show, while recalling our favorite scenes and quotes. We concluded with a discussion of the need for more treatment research. We really enjoyed making this episode for you all, and we hope you enjoy listening to it!

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Episode 113 – Personality Tests, The Hardest Science, & The Black Goat with Dr. Sanjay Srivastava

We spoke to Dr. Sanjay Srivastava, a Professor of Psychology, about his research on personality and social dynamics, personality tests, the podcast he co-hosts (The Black Goat), and his blog (The Hardest Science). First, he told us about the interesting pathway that led him to where he is today. Next, we talked about the appeal of popular personality tests (e.g., the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and how they differ from personality tests that researchers typically use (e.g., the Big Five Inventory). We then discussed the substantial contributions that Paul Meehl has made to the field of psychology and his wisdom about psychological science. We concluded by talking about The Black Goat podcast and the importance of the open science movement in psychology. We enjoyed recording this episode, and we hope you enjoy listening to it! Thanks so much for tuning in!

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You can read Dr. Srivastava’s blog, check out his lab website and podcast, and follow him on Twitter.

You can learn more about measuring the Big Five personality domains here and find out more about your own personality here. The Black Goat podcast episode on personality testing is available here.

You can learn more about open science here and the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science here.

You can read and re-read Paul Meehl’s writing here and watch or listen to some of his lectures here. Here are some of the articles mentioned in this episode:

While we’re here chatting about Meehl’s work, here are a few more of Katie’s favorites:

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Jedi Counsel Episode 111 – Addiction, Personality, & Religion with Dr. Joshua Grubbs

We spoke to Dr. Joshua Grubbs, an Assistant Professor of Psychology, about his research on behavioral addictions (e.g., compulsive sexual behavior, gambling), narcissism, and religious beliefs. First, he told us about the interesting pathway that led him to clinical psychology. Next, he shared how his observations led him to fascinating scientific questions and nuanced answers about the nature of self-perceived pornography addiction. Then, we discussed how Dr. Grubbs has used Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients live authentic, healthy lives. We concluded with the importance of the Open Science movement for clinical psychology and commentary on the accuracy of fictional depictions of narcissism and behavioral addictions. We learned a lot making this episode, and we hope you enjoy listening to it!

For more information:

Check out Dr. Grubbs’ website and follow him on Twitter.

Learn about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Learn about Open Science.

Read Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas.

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