October 24, 2017

Author: Dr. Shane Owens

Turn Off The News: How Media Coverage of Disasters Hurts You

  • by Dr. Shane Owens
  • October 6, 2017
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News Coverage of Disasters: The World is NOT Falling Apart Amidst the heartbreaking shooting that recently took place in Las Vegas, it is important to have a grasp on when it’s time to turn the television off. News media thrive on our belief that the world is headed straight to Hell. Disasters are the news […]

One Psychologist’s Perspective on Why Politics Have No Place in Sports

  • by Dr. Shane Owens
  • September 30, 2017
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Nowhere to Run to: A Psychologist’s Perspective on Why Politics Have No Place in Sports Certain things go together: Butch and Sundance, chocolate and peanut butter, pop culture and psychology.  Politics and sports do not. Every Fall, from just before noon on Saturday until the final whistle of Sunday Night Football, like many other Americans, […]

David Fincher’s ‘Mindhunter’: A Psychologist’s Hopes for the Show

  • by Dr. Shane Owens
  • September 1, 2017
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Hopes and Expectation’s for Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ I am excited to hear that David Fincher, who produced and directed Netflix’s hit House of Cards, is bringing Mindhunter—a series about the origins of the FBI’s elite criminal profiling unit—to the streaming service. He and Oscar-winning actor Charlize Theron (Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road) will serve as executive […]

A Sam Shepard Tribute: Learning ‘The Right Stuff’

  • by Dr. Shane Owens
  • August 18, 2017
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How I Learned ‘The Right Stuff’ from Sam Shepard & Chuck Yeager All I really know of Chuck Yeager comes from watching The Right Stuff a few dozen (or so) times. And reading General Yeager’s Twitter feed, which is a must-see. When I was a kid, I wanted to fly fast things.  I wanted to go to space. […]

The Unintended Consequences of Warnings About 13 Reasons Why 

  • by Dr. Shane Owens
  • May 11, 2017
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The Unintended Consequences of Warnings About 13 Reasons Why Before you read this: Save the following contact information to your phone and to the phone of anyone about whom you may be concerned: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255 Crisis Text Line – Text “Hello” to 741741 It is unlikely that they will be needed, […]

And I Thought March Madness Couldn’t Get Any Better…

  • by Dr. Shane Owens
  • March 24, 2017
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I thought that Villanova taking it all in 2016 was the best it could get.  Turns out, even though they were eliminated in the round of 32, 2017 is turning out better. Every year, the conversation on Selection Sunday goes something like this: “Ok, everybody, it’s that time of year again,” I say. My daughter […]

Employee Mental Health is Worth Billions

  • by Dr. Shane Owens
  • February 22, 2017
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If you’re not watching Billions on Showtime, binge the first season now, and tune in on Sunday nights. A vital (though perhaps unintended) part of the taut, no heroes-no villains story is a message about what a well-trained mental health professional can do for a company and its employees. Dr. Wendy Rhodes is integral to […]