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56 minutes | May 4, 2022
101. A Cluster of B's
In light of the Depp v. Heard trial that’s making headlines, the gals are exploring some relevant personality disorders: borderline and histrionic. They chat about the diagnostic criteria for these disorders and do some comparing/contrasting to see how they might work together or contradict each other. They also talk about intimate partner violence and related trauma, especially how these disorders might affect that and how gendered norms can come into play.
57 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
100. Freud Forever
Happy hundred episodes, Sipsters! Bonnie and Anna reflect on their three years (!) in podcasting and the hundred episodes since, including talking about some of their favorite episodes in the catalog. Then they revisit their main man, Sigmund Freud. Anna gives a short-ish recount of Freud’s history, and then the girls put their heads together to unpack some of his more prominent ideas and theories. Talking points include the psychosexual stages, the Oedipus and Elektra complexes, defense mechanisms, and transference.
80 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
Episode 99: Keep Goghing
Armed with an extremely potent Starry Night shot, the girls are talking this week about Vincent van Gogh, perhaps one of the most famous artists of all time. Being a past art major and current fangirl, Anna tells the story of the artist’s life, including all the traumas and health struggles he experienced, and then she and Bonnie discuss what mental health struggles Vincent might have had. Hint: it was a lot, and you will probably want to give him a hug by the end of the episode.
72 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Episode 98: A Bundle of Love
Happy Valentine’s week! In honor of the holiday, Anna and Bonnie are talking about love, of course. Bonnie talks about the eight types of love from Ancient Greece, Anna chats about some of the wild brain stuff that happens when we feel love and attraction, and then the gals talk about various other studies and theories about how love works. So grab some chocolates in a heart-shaped box and settle in to listen, and remember: the gals from Freudian Sips love you a whole bunch!
60 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
Episode 97: Tickling Schizophrenia
Don't worry, Sipsters, this episode is NOT an auditory hallucination! Or is it? It's not, but Anna does have a cold, and Bonnie is on the moon! Figuratively. Physically she's sticking around to help Anna talk about schizophrenia, a particularly heavy diagnosis involving delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized behavior. Bonnie breaks down some stats about the disorder, how the media has misused the term, and how it’s treated, while Anna deep dives into the diagnosis itself to examine the symptoms and talk about some brain stuff.
68 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Episode 96: The Quick and Nasty Quiz
To start off the new year, Anna is subjecting Bonnie to a quiz! First they talk about various personality tests and assessments they’ve already covered (and which episodes to listen to for more about them), then Bonnie takes her very own quiz to discover her MBTI type as well as a few other results. The gals use this as a chance to chat about where they’re both at in their results and what they mean, as well as giving some teasers about tests that might be covered in the future on the show.
58 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Episode 95: Sexy Manatees
For their final episode of 2021, and to follow up on their episode about narrative therapy, the gals are talking about role playing! They chat about role theory in sociology, how we each have roles in our own lives, how those roles might conflict, and how role playing is used in therapy contexts. Also, Anna chats about how tabletop roleplaying can be a healthy tool (because she’s a big ol’ nerd), and Bonnie talks about how some people use role play in the bedroom (because she’s a dirty bird).
57 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 94: Once Upon a Time...
Once upon a time, the gals wanted to talk about narrative therapy, a relatively new therapy that focuses on the client telling their personal stories and reauthoring them as a way to control their identities. So Anna and Bonnie got on their little microphones and chatted, including talking about the basics of narrative therapy, how it relates to other therapy modalities and arts, and how it can be applied even outside of counseling. And they all lived happily ever after!
71 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Episode 93: Rites and Wrongs
This might be the gals’ spookiest episode yet! Anna and Bonnie are talking about exorcisms, the act of banishing a malevolent spirit or influence from the body. They chat about what an exorcism is, some historical and cultural contexts, and how mental or physical illnesses can be mistaken for demonic possession. Then, Bonnie talks about Dr. Richard Gallagher, a psychiatrist who consults on exorcisms, and Anna talks about the case of Anneliese Michel, a German woman whose death after almost 70 exorcisms led to a high profile trial for negligent homicide.
65 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Episode 92: All Aboard the Lobotomobile!
Happy Spooktober, Sipsters! And what better way to kick off than to talk about the downright scary historical practice of lobotomies? Bonnie starts us off with a history of the lobotomy and some of the famous figures who developed the procedure, but she lets Anna get into the gory details of the different types of lobotomies and how they were performed. They also talk about some famous lobotomy cases, like Rosemary Kennedy, sister of John F. Kennedy. Warning, this one gets a little gross! Not barf bag gross, but we’re talking about holes in heads, so just be warned.
62 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Episode 91: Achieving Final Fusion
Multiple personality disorder. Split personalities. Or, as it’s known nowadays, dissociative identity disorder. This week, the girls chat about this interesting diagnosis and how the brain tries to protect us from trauma. They also talk about some famous cases of people with multiple personalities, including Chris Sizemore and the Three Faces of Eve; Herschel Walker of Heisman trophy fame; and Kim Noble, the woman with 100 personalities.
59 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Episode 90: A Teacup Full of Brain
This week, Anna and Bonnie try to wrap their brains around the story of Phineas Gage, a construction foreman whose custom tamping rod took a little trip through his frontal lobe. The gals discuss how in the world Phineas was able to survive such a thing, how the accident affected who he was, and how this case has affected what we know about the brain even today. They also try to figure out what exactly made the tamping rod custom. Did he shoot pool with it? Did he use it to fend off wild dogs on his walks home? Only Phineas himself knows (unless the part that held that knowledge got skewered).
61 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Episode 89: Sounds Like Survival
The girls are going for gold this week to talk about resilience, especially inspired by the 2020 Olympics and some mental health controversy. Anna uses her vast sports knowledge to talk about Simone Biles, specifically how awesome it is that she can do all those flips while she’s got balls of steel, and meanwhile, Bonnie has made good on her promise (threat?) to implement sound effects as she talks about the three types, five pillars, and seven C’s of resilience.
63 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Episode 88: Those Old Chestnuts
“It’s all in your head.” “Time heals all wounds.” “Have you tried yoga?” This week, Anna and Bonnie are chatting about some frequently used sayings and platitudes that get thrown around about mental health, and how these can be more hurtful than helpful. To go along with this, they chat about the general power of words and how we talk to ourselves. Also, Bonnie spends a lot of time brainstorming sound effects as part of her master plan to implement foley work into the ‘cast, so stay tuned for that!
49 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Episode 87: Battle of the Brains
Anna and Bonnie are chatting this week about how brains may differ depending on gender — or more accurately, how they don’t differ much at all, according to newer research. Naturally, this includes heavy disclaimers for gender binary stuff, and how the history of this research is rooted in some pretty gnarly sexism. They talk about some of the more well-known works on the subject, like the work of Gina Rippon and the many books in the “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” series.
65 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Episode 86: Walking the Psycho Path
This week, Anna and Bonnie are talking about Robert Hare and the test he made to assess whether someone is a psychopath! They chat about what words like psychopath and sociopath mean, how they relate to antisocial personality disorder, and they even go over Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist, which you should NOT do at home, exactly like the girls do in this very episode! Is Anna a psychopath? Listen to find out!
70 minutes | May 26, 2021
Episode 85: A Sexy, Sexy Episode!
WARNING: There's another echo in this episode, despite Anna’s best efforts! Oh, wait, that's the wrong warning. WARNING: SEX! Because this week, the gals are talking about fetishes, kinks, and paraphilias. Armed with an appropriately themed shot and several lists of kinks, Anna and Bonnie go from mild to wild as they talk about sexy times. This one is obviously more NSFW than usual!
61 minutes | May 12, 2021
Episode 84: For the Hoard!
Trying to stay one step ahead of the Podcast Police, Anna and Bonnie are talking this week about hoarding, the disorder that causes people to accumulate things to excess. They chat about how this might look, how closely this is related to anxiety and trauma, the levels of hoarding (WARNING: gross!), and the kind of treatments that could be beneficial. They also try SO hard to be funny, if only to exceed Bonnie’s expectations.
65 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Episode 83: Anti-Social Media
Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Social media sites are an almost unavoidable part of life, but how do they affect our mental health? Anna and Bonnie dive in and discuss how using social media can actually make us feel less connected to others, and how it can affect how we see ourselves as well. Oh, and remember to like, comment, and subscribe to give us that sweet, sweet dopamine!
58 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Episode 82: Broken News
Is the news BAD? Well yes, lately, generally, but does it try to be even WORSE? Anna and Bonnie investigate! They follow a hot scoop about negativity bias in news, including unpacking stuff such as emotionally loaded language and even subliminal messaging. They chat about how the presentation of news can really affect your mental health, and even what you can do to watch out for it!
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