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Popcorn Psychology

Popcorn Psychology


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Three licensed therapists breakdown and analyze popular movies and characters from the perspectives of an individual, child, and a marriage and family therapist.

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This episode is from our first live show in which we discussed Silver Linings Playbook! Because it is from a live show it is a much shorter episode than usual and, therefore, less of a thorough discussion than in our other episodes. The... more

[Content Warning: Discussions of childhood abuse and sexual abuse] How much do our childhood experiences shape who we become? In this episode we will be discussing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, particularly the... more

CONTENT WARNING: CHILD ABUSE! In this episode we disuss the psychology of THE classic horror slasher, Michael Myers, in Halloween (1978 & 2007 versions). We compare and contrast the depiction of Michael Myers as well as... more

[Content warning for this episode: we will be talking about sexual abuse and the traumatic impact of incest, which may be triggering for some listeners.] Should a boy's best friend be his mother? Join us as we discuss the movie Psycho and... more

In Our first Halloween episode, we delve into M. Night Shaymalan's The Sixth Sense and discuss its impressively accurate portrayal of building a therapeutic relationship with a child client by Bruce Willis. We also explore the topic of... more

In this episode we discuss the psychology of the Harry Potter series in the first of 3 episodes we will devote to this topic. We discuss growth and development, social development, trauma, family dynamics, group dynamics, and bullying. We... more

In this episode we examine Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, the film that started a revolution of superhero movies and bringing them into a realistic world. In this episode we discuss the themes of finding your identity after a trauma,... more

Do you know what role you play in your family? Listen as we discuss the different roles that each superhero plays in the Avengers Family in the film, Captain America: Civil War. We also discuss anger and identity which both play roles in... more

This Episode won't be ignored! In this fan requested episode we discuss the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder demonstrated by Glenn Close in her depiction of Alex Forrest in 1987's Fatal Attraction. We also debate whether or... more

SPOILER ALERT!!! In this episode we cover Martin Scorese's 2010 film Shutter Island. We discuss the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Psychoses displayed by Teddy/ Andrew. We also debate... more