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65 minutes | 2 years ago
Suicidal Behavior, Science, & Mixed Martial Arts with Dr. David Klonsky
Dr. David Klonsky is a clinical psychology professor who conducts research on suicidal behavior, personality, emotion, and assessment. He developed the three-step theory, which is an important and parsimonious theory of suicidal behavior. David also conducted foundational work on the functions of nonsuicidal self-injury. After discussing suicidal behavior research, we shifted the conversation to open science and criticism of National Institute of Mental Health grant funding priorities. Then, we talked about mixed martial arts – both our own experiences and David’s work consulting with athletes competing in combat sports. We concluded with thoughts about why Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Wars are so good. This episode was SO much fun to make, and we hope you enjoy listening to it! Show Notes Suicide Research You can follow Dr. David Klonsky on Twitter and check out his lab’s research on Google Scholar. For example, I recommend: Ideation-to-Action Theories of Suicide: A Conceptual and Empirical Update The Role of Theory for Understanding and Preventing Suicide (But Not Predicting It): A Commentary on Hjelmeland and Knizek On the episode, I mentioned that I wrote a blog post about the three-step theory and how I believe it can advance public discussion about suicide. Mixed Martial Arts Media Appearances You can also follow David’s MMA Twitter account. 5 Rounds: Psychology of MMA, Mark Bocek on Bendo vs. Thomson and More – Fight Network Ronda Rousey’s Return at UFC 207 – Fight Network Connor McGregor’s Winning Ways; Mentally Breaking Opponents – Fight Network Suicide prevention information and resources are available here and you can learn more about nonsuicidal self-injury here.
45 minutes | 2 years ago
Journalism, Psychology, and The Quick Fix with Jesse Singal
Jesse Singal is a journalist who writes about a range of fascinating topics, including psychology and behavioral science. Journalism plays an important role in communicating research findings to the public, and Jesse shared his insight about how that process works. We also talked about his concerns about current directions in journalism, college mental health, the book he’s writing, his newsletter, his podcast, Twitter, Flip McVicker, and more! We hope you enjoy this episode – thanks so much for listening! Show Notes Jesse is a contributing writer and former staffer at New York Magazine, where he edited Science of Us and was a writer-at-large. You can read his articles here. He also has a book coming out about why half-baked behavioral-science ideas go viral. You can follow him on Twitter for updates about his book, links to his new articles, and pizza commentary. Definitely check out Jesse’s newsletter and podcast, which focus on clashes between science and social justice advocacy and other interesting subjects. We discussed Jesse’s articles, The Myth of the Ever-More-Fragile College Student and Psychology’s Favorite Tool for Measuring Racism Isn’t Up to The Job. If the implicit association test and implicit bias interest you, I recommend listening to Jesse’s podcast episode with Patrick Forscher. We also talked about his podcast episode, What It’s Like In “The Bad Part of Town” with Chris Arnade, which was really moving. I was also on Jesse’s podcast to talk about Suicide Research, The Campus Culture Wars, and Florida’s Endearing Weirdness. If you like what you hear, please tell a friend, rate and review us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter. Thank you!
61 minutes | 2 years ago
Primal Fear: The Intersection of Law & Psychology with Randolph Brickey
Note: This episode was co-created and produced by Randolph Brickey. Randolph Brickey is a trial attorney, writer, and former public defender who joined us to talk about the movie, Primal Fear. First, we gave an overview of the plot and characters in the movie. Then, Randolph explained legal terms, such as not guilty by reason of insanity and competency to stand trial. We also talked about how accurate the film was from legal and psychological perspectives. This included discussion of dissociative identity disorder, psychopathy, and malingering, as well as typical outcomes for people found not guilty by reason of insanity. A theme throughout the episode was that certain types of mental health problems tend to evoke more sympathy from judges and juries than others. We enjoyed making this episode a lot, and we hope you enjoy listening to it! If you like what you hear, please tell a friend, rate and review us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks so much for listening! Show Notes Follow Randolph on Twitter and read his writing in places like Ordinary Times, where he once wrote about The Definition of Insanity. You can also hear him on the podcast, This Week in Atrocity. For example, you can find the episode Our Precious Judicial Resources here. Randolph also previously appeared on Jedi Counsel to talk about the Morality of Batman, which was inspired by this Batman article he wrote for Ordinary Times. Here are links that provide further information about topics from the episode: -More information about dissociative identity disorder is available here, and in 3 previous episodes of Jedi Counsel here, here, and here. -A paper called Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder by Foote & Van Orden (2016) is available here. –A New York Times video about dissociative identity disorder –Kenneth Bianchi, one of the Hillside Stranglers, malingered by pretending to have dissociative identity disorder -A study mentioned in the episode by Spanos et al. (1985) –Cleckley’s book The Mask of Sanity -A documentary called The Iceman and the Psychiatrist –The Psychopath Test, an episode of This American Life
42 minutes | 2 years ago
Happiness with Dr. Chris Martin
Dr. Chris Martin is a sociologist who does fascinating research on a range of topics that include culture, mental health, and well-being. He joined us to talk about a college course he teaches on happiness, his stand-up comedy experiences, and the podcast he hosts, Half Hour of Heterodoxy. First, we talked about how Chris got into positive psychology and his pathway to a Ph.D. in sociology. Then, we discussed the definitions and differences between hedonic and eudaimonic types of happiness. Chris told us what the science says on links between life satisfaction and relationships, money, and meaning. We concluded with descriptions of therapy-informed approaches to happiness before learning about Chris’ academic approach to stand-up comedy and the premise of his podcast. If you like what you hear, please tell a friend, rate and review us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks so much for listening! Show Notes Follow Chris on Twitter, check out his research via Google Scholar, and read his Medium blog. You can see some of his stand-up comedy here (though he warns that it involves political and religious humor that some might find offensive). Chris is a founding member of the Heterodox Academy and currently serves on their academic advisory board. This episode includes discussion of mindfulness, The Happiness Trap, and David Burns’ Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy book. Chris hosts the Heterodox Academy podcast, Half Hour of Heterodoxy. Here are some of the episodes he recommends: ***Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Katie Gordon – Can Offensive Political Speech Cause Trauma? Ellen Hendricksen – Maintaining Your Sanity in Academia Scott Lilienfeld – Microaggressions and the Goldwater Rule (note: the audio quality on this episode isn’t as good as later episodes) Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt – The Coddling of the American Mind ***Politics and Social Psychology Christopher Federico – The Psychology of Political Behavior Lee Jussim – Stereotype Accuracy and Biased Science (note: the audio quality on this episode isn’t as good as later episodes) Arthur Sakomoto – Asian Americans’ Educational Attainment ***History Kevin Kruse – America’s Fault Lines Julian Zelizer – Polarization and U.S. History
77 minutes | 2 years ago
Tatter, Masculinity, & Pulp Fiction with Michael Sargent
Michael Sargent is a social psychology professor and the host of Tatter, an excellent podcast about politics, policy, and many other interesting topics. We invited Michael on Jedi Counsel to talk about his pathway to becoming a social psychologist, including his research on need for cognition and punitive responses to crime. Then, Michael told us about his favorite Tatter episodes, including ones about implicit bias, incarceration in the U.S., diversity in the craft beer industry, and AR-15s. Next, we discussed the controversial American Psychological Association Guidelines for Practice with Boys and Men and what we viewed as strengths and weaknesses of the document. Michael connected the guidelines to concepts explored in Why Honor Matters, a book by Tamler Sommers, which he highly recommends. (Side note: Sommers co-hosts a podcast that had an outstanding episode on suicide with Matt Nock). We concluded with a discussion of different representations of masculinity in Pulp Fiction ranging from Brett to Butch. Definitely check out Tatter and follow Michael on Twitter! If you like what you hear, please tell a friend, rate and review us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks so much for listening!
24 minutes | 2 years ago
Causes & Consequences of Eating Disorders with Dr. Mun Yee Kwan
This episode is an interview with Dr. Mun Yee Kwan, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology. First, Dr. Kwan shared how she became interested in clinical psychology and the journey she took toward becoming an eating disorder researcher. Next, we talked about the ways that social factors both increase risk, and are negatively impacted by, eating disorders. Dr. Kwan then talked about her hypotheses about the role of emotion regulation in eating disorder symptoms. We concluded with Dr. Kwan talking about her research on fashion photoshop warning labels and whether they are effective at reducing eating disorder-related symptoms. Dr. Kwan’s scientific approach to eating disorders is important for advancing the field, and I hope you enjoyed learning about it! Check out Dr. Kwan’s faculty webpage and recent eating disorder research articles on warning labels on fashion images, social support and stress perception, and interpersonal functioning. You can follow Jedi Counsel on Twitter and like us on Facebook. If you like what you hear, please rate and review us on iTunes and tell your friends! Thank you!
57 minutes | 2 years ago
Choosing Our Own Adventures with Dr. Keith Donohue
Hey Jedi Counsel friends! This week we are checking back in with three-peat guest-host, Dr. Keith Donohue! You might remember him from past episodes on myths around substance use as well as the fictional character James Bond. In this episode, we expanded our episode on Black Mirror: Bandersnatch by talking about “Choose Your Own Adventures” across multiple formats! Listen in as Dr. Donohue shares some of his background with this form of entertainment, the overall history of the genre, and how choosing your own adventure today can mean lots of things from playing Dungeons and Dragons, watching Bandersnatch, or catching up on classic Fighting Fantasy gamebooks! Let us know about your background with choosing your own adventure, no matter what format you used! For a comprehensive list of gamebooks, check out gamebooks.org which was referenced in the episode! You can follow Jedi Counsel on Twitter and like us on Facebook. If you like what you hear, please rate and review us on iTunes and tell your friends! Thank you!
32 minutes | 2 years ago
Eating Disorders & Suicidal Behavior with Dr. April Smith
This episode is an interview with Dr. April Smith, an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology. First, Dr. Smith shared how she became interested in her current research areas. Next, we talked about potential explanations for elevated suicidal behavior rates among people with eating disorders. Dr. Smith shared how her lab has investigated underlying factors through the lens of the interpersonal theory of suicide. In addition, Dr. Smith is conducting intriguing research on interoception (a person’s ability to sense what’s going on in their body) and its connections to these mental health issues. Dr. Smith’s innovative, scientific approach was fascinating to hear about, and we hope you enjoy learning about it! You can follow Jedi Counsel on Twitter and like us on Facebook. If you like what you hear, please rate and review us on iTunes and tell your friends! Thank you! For more information: Check out Dr. Smith’s faculty webpage and lab website. You can also follow her lab on Facebook and Twitter. Recent articles from Dr. Smith and collaborators include: a meta-analysis on disordered eating and suicidal behavior, an examination of shared risk factors, and a review of research on eating disorders and suicidality. You can read about her grant on interoceptive deficits and suicidality here. Here is the Fox et al. (2019) paper that compares self-harm intentions underlying eating disorder and nonsuicidal self-injury behaviors, and here is the paper testing the four-function model of self-harm with binge eating and purging. You can learn more about eating disorders here and suicide prevention here.
46 minutes | 2 years ago
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? If you like our podcast, please rate and review us on iTunes, check out our website, and follow us on Twitter. Thank you so much!
62 minutes | 2 years ago
Ken Capobianco Tells His Story about Recovering from Anorexia
NOTE: This episode includes frank discussion of eating disorder symptoms, weight, body image, depression, and related struggles. Music critic and award-winning writer, Ken Capobianco, shares his story about recovering from anorexia nervosa after 30 years. We talked about the ways that dieting in his teen years escalated into an eating disorder and the painful effects it had on his life. Ken shared how his book, Call Me Anorexic: Ballad of a Thin Man, was written to reduce stigma and help men with eating disorders understand that they’re not alone. Therapy, humor, and social connections were crucial to Ken’s recovery. We discussed, in depth, the parts of therapy and relationships he found helpful (and the ones that he didn’t). Ultimately, Ken’s story is one of hope and a passion for helping others. If you like our podcast, please rate and review us on iTunes, check out our website, and follow us on Twitter. Thank you so much! Links Follow Ken Capobianco on Twitter, read his book, watch him in this video, and read his excellent interview with musician and writer, Dessa. For more eating disorder information and resources, click here.
60 minutes | 2 years ago
The Psychology of Saving Private Ryan with Duane France
Hey folks! Thanks so much for tuning in. This week we had the absolute pleasure of doing a cross-over episode with the Head Space and Timing Podcast hosted by Duane France. Duane is an individual with the unique experience and background of having served both as a veteran as well as a mental health therapist. We had the opportunity to chat with Duane about the film Saving Private Ryan. Listen in as we discuss moral injury, posttraumatic stress, and the unique mental health experiences that veterans cope with. We hope you enjoy this fascinating discussion! If you like our podcast, please rate and review us on iTunes, check out our website, and follow us on Twitter. Thank you so much!
65 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 121: The Morality and Psychology of Batman with Randolph Brickey
Randolph Brickey is a writer, recovering attorney, struggling internet personality, and former public defender. He joined us to discuss his fantastic article comparing Batman: The Animated Series (TAS) to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy. Brandon and Randolph talked about what TAS meant to them growing up and what it means to them now. Then, we discussed the humanitarian and “obsessive redeemer” sides of Batman evident in TAS. Pulling from our therapist and attorney experiences, we delved into the roles of empathy and humility in our work and why we think some people avoid nuanced views of “villains.” We concluded with final thoughts about how current movies would be better with more compassionate superheroes (like Wonder Woman) and how everyone should watch TAS. We enjoyed making this episode, and we hope you enjoy listening to it! If you like our podcast, please rate and review us on iTunes, check out our website, and follow us on Twitter. Thank you so much! Links: Follow Randolph Brickey on Twitter and read his articles They Stole My Batman and The Definition of Insanity. Check out previous Jedi Counsel episodes and posts on Batman and Wonder Woman. For more psychology of Batman, check out the Arkham Sessions podcast.
53 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 120: The Science of Suicide Prevention with Dr. Tracy Witte
We spoke to Dr. Tracy Witte, an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, about her fascinating research on suicidal behavior. First, she told us about the interesting path that led her to clinical psychology. Next, she shared how openness to new opportunities led to important interdisciplinary work with different populations (e.g., military, LGBTQ+ veterinarians and students). Veterinary professionals have elevated suicide rates compared to the general population, and Dr. Witte’s work has shed light on potential ways to address this disparity. We concluded by talking about Dr. Witte’s intriguing research on the nature of suicidal behavior and how science can help us to save lives. We learned a lot making this episode, and we hope you enjoy listening to it! You can follow Jedi Counsel on Twitter and like us on Facebook. If you like what you hear, please rate and review us on iTunes and tell your friends! Thank you! For more information: Check out Dr. Witte’s faculty page and lab website. Here’s a blog post about the taxometrics study on suicidal behavior by Dr. Witte and Dr. Holm-Denoma. You can learn more about suicide prevention here. Suicide theories discussed in this episode include the interpersonal theory of suicide and the three-step theory. Learn more about lethal means safety for suicide prevention here and here.
85 minutes | 2 years ago
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) If you like our podcast, please rate and review us on iTunes, check out our website, and follow us on Twitter. Thank you so much! For More Information: Check out Katie’s cousin’s music on SoundCloud – it’s really, really good and under the name Couples Therapy! Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla’s faculty webpage, blog, & SoundClown page Couples Therapy Information Dr. Samantha Joel’s Relationship Decisions Lab website studies about initial attraction in speed-dating study on gratitude, commitment, and investment in relationships study on similarities and differences among romantic partners over time
3 minutes | 2 years ago
Geek Therapy Patreon Special Offer
Geek Therapy’s Josué Cardona has hijacked this feed to make a special announcement. The Geek Therapy Network, including Jedi Counsel, is brought to you in part by member of Geek Therapy on Patreon. For the month of February GT is holding a special offer for all new and current members. Listen to learn more and visit patreon.com/geektherapy to become a member. Thank you!
49 minutes | 2 years ago
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? If you like our podcast, please rate and review us on iTunes, check out our website, and follow us on Twitter. Thank you!
58 minutes | 2 years ago
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! If you like our podcast, please rate and review us on iTunes, check out our website, and follow us on Twitter. Thank you! For More Information: Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla’s faculty webpage & blogPrevious Jedi Counsel podcast episodes with Dr. Bobadilla on paraphilic disorders and restorative justiceJedi Counsel fictional diagnostic reports on Michael Scott, Kelly Kapoor, and Dwight SchrutePathological Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder by Pincus & Lukowitsky (2010)The Narcissism Spectrum Model: A Synthetic View of Narcissistic Personality by Krizan & Herlache (2017)
51 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 116 – The Psychology of Aquaman
This week’s episode is all about Aquaman, the movie. First, we talked about our overall impressions (which included some tangents about movie theater seats and movie lengths). Next, we discussed how we think Aquaman has low levels of the personality trait neuroticism, while King Orm has high levels of the personality trait narcissism. Then, we talked about why we think Queen Atlanna and Princess Mera would be considered good (but not lawful) in Dungeons and Dragons alignment terms. Finally, we talked about how one of our favorite parts of the movie was the overall message that a child born of two different worlds can act as a bridge between two cultures, and how we appreciated the director’s intentionality with that message. What did you think of the movie? Let us know on Twitter (@jedi_counsel)! For more information: Are Movies Getting Longer? Here’s the Data Aquaman Owes a Lot to H.P. Lovecraft. It’s Also His Worst Nightmare. Aquaman is the Best Star Wars Movie of the Year Listen to our episodes that explore representation and mixed heritage, narcissism, and neuroticism in more depth.
60 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 115 – Talking Therapy in Tom King’s Heroes in Crisis
Hey Jedi Counsel fans! This week we had the great opportunity to stop over and chat with our friends at Paradox Comics-N-Cards! They invited us on to talk a bit about Tom King’s recent comic book series called “Heroes in Crisis“. Listen in as we chat with the comic professionals about some of the themes in the series including what kind of psychological symptoms the heroes might be experiencing, what therapy looks like in real life compared to the comic, and what predictions we have about what’ll happen next. It is a fantastic and meaningful discussion! We hope you enjoy it. What are your thoughts about the series so far? You can let us know by messaging us on Facebook, Twitter, or emailing us at jedicounselblog (at) gmail (dot) com.
64 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 114 – Mental Health Themes in A Star is Born
Heads Up From Your Friends at Jedi Counsel: This episode has lots of SPOILERS. This week, we recorded a podcast episode after seeing A Star Is Born. We opened up with some fun facts about the movie and then chatted about our overall impressions of it. Next, we discussed the depictions of mental health issues including alcohol/substance use problems and suicidal behavior in the film. We reviewed the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders and noted which ones were exhibited in the film. Then, we talked about suicidal behavior within the frameworks of the interpersonal theory of suicide and three-step theory of suicide. We concluded with encouragement to seek help if needed and to reach out to people who you’re worried about – there is hope. Please see below for links to more information about the topics in the show and thank you SO much for listening! You can follow Jedi Counsel on Twitter. If you like what you hear, please rate and review us on iTunes and tell a friend! Thank you! For More Information (in order of appearance rather than importance): Fun Facts: The movie included Anthony Ramos of Hamilton fame. He also appeared in this mini-musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda that was written for This American Life: 21 Chump Street. Suicide Prevention Information & Resources: USA Today Article on Suicide Huffington Post Article on Suicide Risk Factors for Suicide Interpersonal Theory of Suicide Three-Step Theory of Suicide Warning Signs How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal Previous Episodes on Substance Use Disorders: Episode 50: Substance Use-Related Myths with Dr. Keith Donohue Episode 110: Discussing Addiction with Dr. Ted Bender
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