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76 minutes | 5 days ago
In Session with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
Thi This session we transfer you from Ratched’s Lucia State Hospital to Oregon State Hospital as we discuss a classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Join Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran as they discuss inpatient psychiatric hospitalization as portrayed in the 1975 film and take a dive into the history of psychiatric hospitals in the US. What’s the difference between voluntary and involuntary commitments? What does treatment look like? And is ECT still a thing? The answer might SHOCK you. Plus, we also try to sort out whether R.P McMurphy is feigning symptoms to escape prison labor or if he truly has symptoms of mental illness. How does Nurse Ratched play into all of this? And is she still a fan of the lobotomy? Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Mildred is one to learn from her mistakes. Line up and take your medicine. And by medicine, we mean this session.
78 minutes | a month ago
In Session with “Shutter Island” with Dr. Weber
This week Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran discuss our second psychological thriller, Shutter Island, as part of October’s Spooky Session Series. Join the doctors and Teddy Daniels as they embark on a journey to Ashecliffe Hospital in search of a missing patient. This week, Dr. Emily Weber, a forensic psychologist, joins as we discuss the evolution of forensic hospitals and treatment as well as trauma, delusions, and hallucinations. Are transorbital lobotomies still a major form of treatment for the “criminally insane?” What does “criminally insane” even mean? Most importantly, does Teddy uncover and thwart a mass conspiracy to experiment on patients and create “ghost soldiers?” Dr. Sam pulls out her spy notebook and the doctors work to get to the bottom of what is really happening at Ashecliffe. Which would be worse—to live as a monster? Or miss this week’s episode of Freudian Scripts?
88 minutes | 2 months ago
In Session with “The Silence of the Lambs” with Dr. Adam
Hello, Freudian Scripters. This week Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran discuss a classic psychological thriller, The Silence of the Lambs. This movie may have won a ton of awards, but would they win one for their portrayal of psychological themes? This week, the doctors are joined by an expert in forensic psychology—Dr. Adam Coffey. The doctors discuss serial killing, psychopathy, and whether the two are related. Dr. Adam also gives an introduction into forensic psychology and the “CSI effect.” And finally, we all know Hannibal as a psychopathic cannibal, but does he meet criteria for psychopathy? We play Diagnosis Bingo to find out! You don’t want Hannibal Lecter in your head, so pour yourself a nice glass of chianti, serve up some fava beans and listen to this week’s session!
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Mini-Session 2: Q&A with Dr. De Los Reyes
Do you have questions about applying to or attending graduate school? What about how to navigate a research career or career in academia? Well, you are in luck! Join Drs. Sam and Fran as they welcome Dr. Andres De Los Reyes back to for a Mini-Session. Dr. De Los Reyes returns to Freudian Scripts to answer listener questions on just these topics.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
In Session with Iron Man and Spider-Man with Dr. De Los Reyes
With great podcasting, comes great responsibility. Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran take a detour from discussing a single show or movie and instead attempt to tackle an entire universe. Join us as we discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), including the personality traits and potential diagnoses for Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Peter Parker (Spider-Man). Iron Man is a self-declared narcissist, but is he actually? Peter Parker on the other hand is a shy adolescent. But that’s only when he’s not wearing a mask! This week, the doctors are joined by their first guest—Dr. Andres De Los Reyes, a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park and the editor of the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. Dr. De Los Reyes discusses mentorship through the lens of Tony Stark and Peter Parker’s relationship. He also uses the MCU to discuss navigating conflicts and compromises. Finally, listen to discover which Marvel characters and movies are our favorites. We can’t tackle the full MCU in one week’s session so we may have to use an Infinity Stone to time or space travel and cover additional MCU movies in the future… or past?!
76 minutes | 3 months ago
In Session with “Silver Linings Playbook”
Excelsior! You voted. We listened. Join us as Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran put Silver Linings Playbook on the couch this week. (Just don’t sit in Pat’s dad’s favorite spot or you’ll mess up the juju.) This week, the doctors discuss the critically acclaimed 2012 film, Silver Linings Playbook, which bravely explores mental health through the outstanding performances of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. With so much to cover, the doctors focus their attention on one of the most often portrayed but frequently misunderstood diagnoses—bipolar disorder. As Pat (Bradley Cooper) returns home from an eight-months stay in psychiatric hospital, he attempts to win back his ex-wife while moving in with his parents and coping with this new diagnosis. But does Cooper’s portrayal conform to what we might expect for someone with bipolar disorder? We play Diagnosis Bingo to find out. Plus, what do we make of Dr. Patel’s approach to treating Pat? And will Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran approve of going shirtless and body painted to a Philadelphia Eagles tailgate with your patient? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet your restaurant on it. If we’re reading the signs, you’re going to love this episode. So put down that Ernest Hemingway novel and plug in your headphones. Let’s dance.
76 minutes | 4 months ago
In Session with “Fight Club”
Are you Jack’s eager ears? This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran cover the cult favorite, Fight Club. And we do mean cult. The doctors dive into the possible psychopathology of both the narrator (played by Edward Norton) and Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). We learn more about the narrator’s insomnia and gain a better understanding of his mood and motivations. We then compare and contrast the narrator with his new best bud, Tyler. Next, the doctors break the first two rules and talk about the creation and purpose of the Fight Club. And try to get to the bottom of the club vs cult question. Finally, we discuss one of the most infamous twists in movie history with a breakdown of Dissociative Identity Disorder. If this is your first episode, you must rate, review and subscribe. Just kidding. You met us at a very strange time in our podcast.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
In Session with “Never Have I Ever”
What’s a-poppin? Join Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran this week at Sherman Oaks High School as they break down Netflix’s hit series, Never Have I Ever. Follow 15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar as she navigates grief, trauma, friendships, family and romance. Drs. Sam and Fran help to explain why Devi’s legs may have “given out.” Spoiler alert: No Ben, she’s not faking it! The doctors also discuss traumatic grief and examine how Devi attempts to contend with the loss of her father, which includes getting attacked by a wild animal and trying to “bone” the hottest guy in school, “Paxton friggin Hall friggin Yoshida.” Maybe not the best coping mechanisms. In honor of BIPOC/Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we discuss disparities in mental health in underrepresented groups. Specifically, we discuss mental health in the South Asian American population through the lens of Devi. We also briefly share information about the diversity, or lack thereof, of psychologists in the U.S. workforce. Finally, we break down the portrayal of teenagers in therapy—something with which both docs are very familiar. Can therapists really be as cool as Dr. Ryan? And should you ask your therapist to buy you a thong or alcohol? Listen to this week’s episode to find out. Girl, bye.
43 minutes | 4 months ago
In Session with “Couples Retreat”
Kick off your flippers! We’re headed to Eden West to take a deep dive into Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau’s 2009 vacation comedy Couples Retreat. There’ll be kayaking, jet skiing and, of course, couples skill building. It’s the Pelican Package, only instead of Monsieur Marcel, you’ll be guided on your journey by Drs. Sam and Fran. We discuss the Gottman Institute’s “Four Horsemen,” as it relates to conflict in relationships, and how they apply to each of the couples from the movie. For example, it may not be a good sign if you describe your relationship as “average, great.” Plus, for the first time, we take a look at the world of couples therapy. What strategies do we see employed by the therapists in the movie, and which of these are used in real-life couples therapy? Hint: it’s not swimming in shark-infested waters. And, oh yeah, are there actually luxurious therapy resorts? If you or Grandpa Jim-Jim have read this far into the summary, we’ll take that as a firm, tentative yes that you’ll be downloading and listening.
66 minutes | 5 months ago
In Session with “Sex Education”
You may feel like a sex guru after this week’s session analyzing another Netflix hit series. But, please don't start charging for sex advice.
50 minutes | 5 months ago
In Session with “You”
Stalk much? This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran analyze the streaming sensation that had fans obsessing even more than its creepy protagonist. Don't worry. That voice in your head is not Joe's interior monologue. It's just our latest episode.
12 minutes | 6 months ago
Mini-Session 1: Q & A
Have you found yourself wondering, what is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist? And, how do the doctors really feel about the portrayal of psychology in entertainment? Join Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran for their first Mini-Session (or mini-sesh, if you will) as they tackle these and other burning listener questions with a little help from producer, Brandon.
50 minutes | 6 months ago
In Session with “Step Brothers”
In this session, Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran discuss a movie, which has so much room for activities! And by activities, we mean issues to be analyzed.
36 minutes | 7 months ago
In Session with “Good Will Hunting”
Welcome to Freudian Scripts with Dr. Fran and Dr. Sam. Get to know the hosts as they analyze the themes of a beloved classic. You'll feel wicked smaht after listening!
2 minutes | 7 months ago
Introducing Freudian Scripts
Psychology is everywhere – often showcased on our screens. But, how do we know whether what we see is accurate or dramatized for our entertainment? Introducing Freudian Scripts with Dr. Fran & Dr. Sam. Do criminal profilers actually use psychological principles to solve crimes? Do therapists really have their patients lie down on a couch and analyze their dreams? Well, the doctors are here to break it down for you, answer your questions, and provide some interesting and factual information about psychology. Listen for a sneak peek into our first couple of sessions and hear us analyze some of your favorite movies.
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