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!
Dec 28, 2020
1 hr 29 min
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!!
Dec 22, 2020
1 hr 32 min
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.
Dec 7, 2020
1 hr 54 min
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?
Nov 28, 2020
2 hr 27 min
[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.
Oct 19, 2020
2 hr 6 min
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!
Oct 6, 2020
[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!
Oct 4, 2020
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!
Sep 16, 2020
1 hr 43 min
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!
Aug 18, 2020
2 hr 4 min
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!!
Jul 27, 2020
1 hr 58 min