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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.
66 Episodes
[Content Warning: discussion of sexual assault and abuse] Do you feel held by him? Does he feel like home to you? This episode we try to answer those questions with the lovely ladies of the podcast Freudian Sips: Annie and Bonnie, a mother/daughter therapy duo! We will be dancing around the maypole and dipping into the (much requested) horror film, Midsommar. We break down Panic Disorder and how it is demonstrated with the main character, Dani. We rip apart her boyfriend, Christian, and how he represents gaslighting, narcissism, and emotional abuse. We also briefly touch upon cults and the concept of consent. Happy Midsommar!
Today’s episode is a bit different than our usual. It is the first in a series of episodes we will have with the film, Sleep Talking. Sleep Talking is horror film currently in production and the creative team behind it has invited us to get a peek into the process of making a movie in real time. So, unlike our typical episodes, we will be diving into a film that no one has seen...yet. In this episode, we had the privilege of getting a sneak peek of the first pages of the script and will be discussing it with the writer and director, Jess Costa. We discuss the psychological elements present in the script: parentification of children and generational trauma. We also dive into the mind of Jess Costa and discuss the psychology of being an artist and the process of creation. We are so excited to be a part of this journey and to take you all with us. We are on the edges of our seat to know what happens next!
Happy May the 4th Be With You!! We are joined this episode with another guest: Dr. Kirk Honda from the podcast, Psychology in Seattle! We are once again revisiting Star Wars with Return of the Jedi. We discuss the Jungian Archetypes demonstrated in this movie, Luke’s attachment issues, and the poor communication between beloved couple: Han & Leia. Check it out and let us know your answer to Brittney’s burning question: Is this a Muppets movie??
Content Warning: this episode contains discussions about sexual assault and violence. In this episode, we discuss Basic Instinct, an early 90s classic featuring Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas. We are again joined by a guest, the lovely Melanie Kinley, as we rip apart this erotic thriller that attempts to insert real psychology but fails miserably. We break down the characters played by Stone and Douglas, and attempt to discern the motivation for their various troubling decisions throughout the movie. We also examine this film’s irresponsible portrayals of not just mental health, but of sexual assault, violence against women, and overall misogyny. It’s a heavy one.
This episode comes to you via a Patreon patron! If you pledge $50 or more on our Patreon, you can pick a movie that we will discuss. For our first Patreon request, we are breaking down Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Best Picture winner, The Departed. We explore the psychological differences between the double lives of the two main characters: Billy Costigan and Colin Sullivan. We rip apart it’s horrific (HORRIFIC!) portrayal of a mental health professional via the psychiatrist. We also have a special guest on to discuss the mental health of law enforcement in general, but specifically undercover cops.
Where were you when Panem fell?? We wrap up the final installment of the Hunger Games series with a heavy episode. We discuss the effects of ongoing trauma on our main characters: Katniss, Finnick, Joanna, and Gale. We dive into the topic of dissociation and how it is displayed by Peeta. We break down the concept of The Dark Triad. We even dabble in the subject of MK Ultra. Once again we say, May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor!
In this episode, we are discussing another beloved romantic movie, Love & Basketball. We analyze how our relationships with our parents shape our identify. We also tackle the topic of vulnerability and fear and how that impacts the love between Quincy and Monica.
Happy Valentine’s Day! By fan vote we are breaking down Sleepless in Seattle! We will split our discussion between the storylines of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. We discuss becoming a single parent as a widower, dating again after the death of a spouse, and emotional cheating.
Welcome to Season 4! We are opening up with a fan request episode on Easy A! We discuss the modern retelling of everyone's least favorite High School read: The Scarlet Letter and the incredibly difficult road to identity and sexuality as a teenager. We also discuss the importance and delicate nature of helping a teenager as an adult. Do you want to know how to help a young person in your life? Listen to this episode, we can shine some light on that for you. Enjoy!
In this very special episode we are teaming up with Dark Loops Productions Interdisciplinary team of academics and experts "The Seers of Ardham". They include: Cognitive Psychologist and Philosopher Dr. Scott Jordan, Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Stanford Carpenter, School Psychologist Dr. Leandra Parris, Communications Professor Dr. Byron Craig, and Radio/Podcast Producer Cianna Greaves. This episode is conducted in a roundtable format and covers a wide array of topics and thoughts from multi-disciplinary experts as we discuss this modern horror classic! We hope you enjoy!
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!!! We don’t sing in this episode of Popcorn Psychology but we do talk about the 2003 classic, Elf! We talk about the emotional impact of growing up in a community in which you don’t quite fit in. We stress the importance of environmental factors and cultural norms when considering a mental health diagnosis. We also break down the importance of work/life balance. And we have a special guest, Megan from @theultimateelf, to talk about the impact of ambiance and the holiday spirit!!
Welcome to our first Holiday episode of 2020! We are kicking it off with While You Were Sleeping, the Sandra Bullock classic set in our hometown of Chicago! We explore the main character, Lucy, and how her interpersonal skills cause her to get into quite a mix-up. We also dive into attachment styles and family systems and the impact of grief and the holidays.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November! We do in this episode on V for Vendetta. We discussed the complex repeated traumas of our two main characters: V and Evey. We break down the unhealthy patterns within their relationship. We also dive into the psychology of conspiracy and the impact of a fascist government on a populace. Join us as we ask the question, is V a hero or terribly misguided?
[Content Warning: Discussions of suicide] Can you hear the death beetle?? In this episode, we are diving into the favorite movie of two of our hosts, Practical Magic!! We explore the generational trauma of the Owens family and how it shapes the personalities and choices of our two main characters. We also discuss the impact of acceptance and identity. So, always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can.
What's your favorite scary movie?!! In this episode we discuss Wes Craven's 90s classic slasher: Scream. We discuss Sydney and the concept of Post Traumatic Growth, Billy and Stu and Folie a Deux AKA one Shared Delusional Disorder, and Anti-Social Personality Disorder/ Conduct Disorder. Tune in for an analysis of the slasher classic that restarted a genre!
[Content Warning: discussions of suicide] Spoiler alert! This episode is our first foray into the realm of TV and we couldn't be more excited to do it on one of the best shows on Netflix, The Haunting of Hill House. In this episode we cover the 5 Stage of Grief and explore how it applies to the Crain Family after a suicide. Tune in and hear us explore family dynamics, grief, suicide, and understanding the impact of a suicide on a family!
We are starting Spooky Season early with the new horror classic, Get Out! We get into the fact vs fiction of hypnosis and how it’s portrayed in this film. We also break down the varied ways that racism is demonstrated via microaggressions, gaslighting, and straight up white supremacy. And lastly we explore how antisocial personality disorder is possibly presented in this story’s villains. Join us as we dive into the sunken place!
Have you found yourself wondering why people won't wear masks? Why the say the coronavirus is a hoax? Have you noticed yourself (and everyone else) struggling with weight since the start of the pandemic? Could disinformation be compared to a zombie outbreak? In this special crossover episode with Eric Scull of Thank You For Spieling we discuss the psychology of the various responses to the COVID19 Pandemic. If you have ever wondered why there are such varied and ridiculous responses to the the pandemic or are at all curious about the role of the media/and Hollywood on the response then this very special crossover is the place for you! Please be sure to subscribe to Thank You for Spieling if you like this episode!
By superfan request, we are easing on down the road this week with The Wiz! We will be discussing the many representations of anxiety and depression seen in this movie. We will also dive deep into how systems of oppression, both on the micro level and macro level, impact mental health and cultural identity. Join us as we travel to Oz!!
Happy Pride (Belated)! In honor of Pride Month, we are going to dive into an LGBTQIA classic, But I’m A Cheerleader! We will be talking about the unethical and immoral practice of conversion therapy and also discussing the difference between gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Comments (3)

Ingrid Linbohm

We need to be aware of the hive mind at work, masked and ready to control others. Sometimes we will wear masks to help others and sometimes we we will not in order to help people. Some people can not wear masks but the hive mind is all to ready to stigmatize them.

May 28th

Super Fael

Men are not allowed to be tired? Gimme a break buddy. Ask a guy who's been in the couch for seven hours watching trash to change a lamp. U know what to they'll say.

Aug 3rd

Super Fael

see soft boy. the woman is right.

Aug 3rd
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