August 16, 2017

Category: Articles

Parenting on the Spectrum: Is Netflix’s ‘Atypical’ An Accurate Portrayal?

Netflix’s Atypical: A Mental Health Expert Analyzes The Portrayal of Parenting on the Spectrum Even before Netflix’s Atypical, there have been many shows that attempted to portray autism.  Some have been serious, like The A Word which follows a family dealing with their youngest child being diagnosed with autism. Others were more unrealistic such as […]

Psychology of Disney Deaths: Why Are Disney Moms Always Killed Off?

  • by Shrink Tank
  • August 15, 2017
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A Psychology Student Looks at Maternal Disney Deaths For decades after their premiere dates, Disney’s animated movies continue on as timeless staples of childhood that repeatedly amaze movie watchers, both young and old. Each movie tells a unique tale that is entertaining and often heartwarming. These movies teach life lessons about dealing with relationships, emotions, […]

A Psychologist’s Take on the Top 17 Tracks of the 21st Century 

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • August 11, 2017
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Top 17 Tracks of the 21st Century  By: Dr. Jonathan Anslow Music is a funny thing.  Like any type of art, appreciating the various forms it may take is a fairly subjective experience.   A song may hold someone’s favor simply because of its nostalgic pull, which often evokes several positive associations assigned to that period of life from which the tune in question arose.     Music […]

Biased Media: The German Perception of American Politics

  • by Nadine Schuster
  • August 10, 2017
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I Interviewed Germans about Donald Trump… This is what I learned. First things first, I was born and raised in Germany. My relatives currently live there and I lived there (with some travel back and forth) until I was 8. Now that I have obligations of my own, I try to go back and visit […]

TAKE TWO: A Second Opinion on the Best Films of the 21st Century

My Opinion of the Best Films of the 21st Century When I heard my colleague and “movie boyfriend” Dave Verhaagen was compiling a list of the best films of this century, well … I just had to compile my own list.  I’m confident that several films will show up on both of our lists.  But […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on The Bachelorette Finale

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • August 9, 2017
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Bachelorette Breakdown: The Season Wrap-Up By: Dr. Craig Pohlman and Dr. Melissa Miller This season of The Bachelorette is over and Rachel Lindsay seems to have found love?  She seemed to have more affection with Eric and judging from their teary goodbye it appeared that she wanted Peter.  Instead, she ended up with Bryan (and […]

One Opinion on the Best Films of the 21st Century — So Far

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • August 8, 2017
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One Opinion on the Best Films of the 21st Century – So Far  I have surrounded myself with friends who love movies. We discuss, debate, agree, disagree. For us, movies aren’t just escapism. They forge community, provoke thought, and offer guidance in how to live—and how not to live. At their best, they make us […]

A Mental Health Counselor’s Advice to Colin Kaepernick

  • by Tarik Sloussi, M.A.
  • August 3, 2017
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What a Mental Health Counselor Says about Ray Lewis Giving Colin Kaepernick Advice As a mental health counselor specializing in working with young adult guys, I have guided my fair share of young men through difficult times. Seeing as Colin Kaepernick has been receiving an influx of unsolicited advice lately, I thought I’d join the party. […]

How Marvel’s “Secret Empire” Relates to Current American Politics

  • by Juan Maldonado, M.S.
  • August 1, 2017
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Marvel’s “Secret Empire” is the Story We Need Right Now When Marvel announced that Captain America would be revealed to be a sleeper agent for Hydra, thus kicking off its “Secret Empire” story arc, the comic book company received a significant amount of criticism.  In fact, I was among those critics who pushed back on […]

The Handmaid’s Tale: Closer to Reality Than You Think

  • by Dr. Melissa Miller
  • July 31, 2017
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What The Handmaid’s Tale Says About Reality The Handmaid’s Tale was recently nominated for a well-deserved 13 Emmy Awards.  This thriller is one that instantly pulls you in and hooks you, just as the books have done for decades.   In 1985 Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale became an instant classic feminist novel.  In turn, the […]

A Psychologist Reacts to the ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer

  • by Dr. Megan Connell
  • July 28, 2017
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‘Ready Player One’: Trailer Reactions from a Psychologist’s Perspective Comic Con ended last week and, true to form, several new movie and TV show trailers dropped.  One film that I am extremely excited for is Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s love letter to 1980’s pop culture. I have watched the trailer several times and would […]

The ‘Blue Whale Challenge’: What a Psychologist Wants All Parents to Know

  • by Dr. Amanda McGough
  • July 27, 2017
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The Dangerous ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ Targeting Teens: What You Should Know What is the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’? There have been very disturbing reports in US news in recent weeks of an online “game” that ultimately lures teens into dying by suicide.  The game is known as the Blue Whale Challenge or Game. While the true […]

Who is Left on ‘The Bachelorette’? – Bachelorette Breakdown

  • by Dr. Melissa Miller
  • July 26, 2017
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Bachelorette Breakdown: Week 8 We are nearing the end of this fabulous season of the Bachelorette, and this week left us with a cliff hanger and the agony of waiting two whole weeks for a conclusion!  As we near the end, it is hard not to start wondering about next season…who is going to be […]

‘Doctor Who’ Needs a Guy? Jodie Whittaker’s Impact on Our Daughters

  • by Dr. Megan Connell
  • July 25, 2017
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Doctor Who? Doctor Woohoo!   A regeneration.  Always a nerve-wracking and exciting moment for a Whovian.  Last week I sat on my couch watching my Twitter feed to see the first look at the new Doctor.  While I was watching the video, my 3-year-old daughter climbed into my lap to watch with me.  When she […]

Why NBC is ‘The Biggest Loser’: Thoughts on the Show’s Cancellation

  • by Nadine Schuster
  • July 24, 2017
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Why NBC is The Biggest Loser: The Proof is in the Pudding ‘The Biggest Loser’ is most easily recognized as a show that quickly whips overweight contestants into shape and dangles a large cash reward in front of their noses. This television show has not only sparked a concern about a potential to trigger eating […]

Is Dunkirk the Greatest War Film Ever?

Dunkirk subverts the tropes associated with “war films,” “blockbusters,” and “event cinema.”  Nolan’s film transcends its critical and commercial aspirations to become something extremely rare in cinema these days – it is a work of art. I became a war film junkie at the early age of eleven-years-old.  Seeing Platoon at my local drive-in profoundly […]

Suicide Contagion: Is There a Link Between the Chester Bennington and Cornell Suicides?

  • by Dr. Amanda McGough
  • July 21, 2017
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A Psychologist’s Take on Suicide Contagion Just two months after Chris Cornell’s suicide and on his birthday, Cornell’s close friend Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington took his life.  Immediate reactions on social media from those close to both men as well as from fans indicated shock and sadness at another tragic loss.  When I first […]

Home Sweet Hometowns: The Bachelorette Breakdown Week 7

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • July 18, 2017
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This week’s episode of The Bachelorette took us along as Rachel traversed the country (Baltimore to Miami to Madison to Aspen) on hometown dates with her Final Four.  She has a good group, devoid of any villains.  This season, Melissa Miller and I have been providing show analysis (be sure to listen to our discussion of […]

Games of Thrones Season 7 Premiere – An Unlikely Review

  • by Laura Little, NCC
  • July 17, 2017
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Premiere: A Review by Someone Who Should *Not* Like It For background, I am what society would label a “basic white girl” in her late 20s. My favorite movie is Love Actually and the best concert I’ve ever attended is Taylor Swift. Pictures of puppies make me cry and anytime […]

The Psychology of Sex in ‘Game of Thrones’: A Millennial Fascination

  • by Ryan Kelly, PhD
  • July 16, 2017
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Think of George R.R. Martin as you will — as an influential writer, or a misogynist, or the world’s greatest Fantastic Four fan, or a failure to launch sea captain — but know this: the man is a genius. via GIPHY Not necessarily in the traditional sense, but in his ability to pair his product […]

“To the Bone”: A Psychologist Weighs In On the Controversy

  • by Dr. Melissa Miller
  • July 14, 2017
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‘To The Bone’: A Review by a Psychologist Who Specializes in Eating Disorder Treatment On the heels of 13 Reasons Why, “To the Bone” is another highly controversial film that debuted on Netflix today. It is the story of a woman who struggles with Anorexia Nervosa and her rocky journey towards recovery. As a clinical […]

Spider-Man: Homecoming — Hero or Zero?

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • July 14, 2017
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How Heroic is Spider-Man? A Psychologist’s Answer I’ve always found Spider-Man’s name confusing.  Since the main idea is that he’s a teenage superhero, why isn’t he Spider-Boy?  After all, Clark Kent went by Superboy when he was in Smallville.  Admittedly, more accurate options for Spidey would be clunky:  Spider-Adolescent, Spider-Youth, Spider-Teen.  The only way I […]

Patton Oswalt & Grief: What His Engagement Can Teach Us About Finding Love Again

Patton Oswalt’s recent engagement has sparked a conversation about widowhood, grief, and remarriage. When I was in graduate school I had a research project on widows and widowers. I choose the topic for personal reasons. My father-in-law died unexpectedly while my family and I were living with my in-laws. We had sold our home to […]

What ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Says about Sexism in Female Athletics

  • by Olivia Schmitke
  • July 12, 2017
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Sexism: A Reflection from A Female Athlete I’m a sucker for a good coffee mug– I have a whole shelf in my room dedicated to displaying the mugs that I have collected: each unique with their own story. My shelf is filled with mugs from Europe, mugs with faces, mugs from my favorite stores, and […]

Bachelorette Breakdown – Week 6

  • by Dr. Melissa Miller
  • July 11, 2017
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Breaking Down the Bachelorette, Week 6 Embed from Getty Images Welcome back to another great week of the Bachelorette! By now you can probably tell we’re avid watchers of the show (we have an entire podcast dedicated to best moments in Bachelor/Bachelorette history) and this week was no different. This was the last week before […]

7 Things “CARS 3” Can Teach You About Alcoholics Anonymous

  • by Allan Howe, LCSW
  • July 10, 2017
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What “CARS 3” Tells us About Sponsorship in Alcoholics Anonymous It never ceases to amaze me how little nuggets are found in the most obscure ways.  I recently took my 4-year-old son to see the new CARS 3 movie.  To say that he was excited is an understatement (Mater and Lightning McQueen seem to rule […]

How Joey Fatone is Leading the Autism Conversation in Hollywood

Raising Autism Awareness in Hollywood While Joey Fatone is mostly known for being a member of one of my favorite boy bands, *NSYNC, he is quickly making a name for himself as an advocate for Autism education and awareness. Joey Fatone recently appeared on the USA Today show “Big Little Star,” where he discussed his […]

What A Therapist REALLY thinks of the Taylor Swift/Katy Perry Feud

  • by Laura Little, NCC
  • July 6, 2017
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Taylor Swift Vs. Katy Perry: A Therapist’s FINAL Analysis While celebrity “girl fights” is not a new topic, it never seems to be a discussion that people tire of. To prove this, I posted a “Taylor Swift or Katy Perry” status on my personal Facebook page. Here are some responses I got:   After reading […]

Why Everyone Should be Reading Comic Books

  • by Juan Maldonado, M.S.
  • July 3, 2017
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The Case for Comics: Why Everyone Should Be Reading Comic Books Longtime comic book fans are well aware of the benefits that come from reading comics.  To most fans, comics are a continuous source of entertainment that provide an escape from today’s daily stressors.  Comics offer their readers parallel worlds, where despite the odds the […]

U2, The Joshua Tree, and the Divided States of America

The Joshua Tree transformed U2 into superstars.  U2 is celebrating the album’s thirtieth anniversary with a world tour.  The original album tackled weighty real-world topics.  Bono and company want to connect the music to right now — to global anxieties about, immigration, human rights, and governmental regimes. In 1987 an established rock and roll band named […]

Bachelorette Breakdown: Week 5

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • June 28, 2017
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Week 5 of The Bachelorette Just over the horizon, Rachel Lindsay can now see the finish line of her season and, of course, the Final Rose.  Each week she has steadily and assuredly narrowed the field of suitors, and this week was no exception.  This week’s two episode line-up took us from Hilton Head to Norway […]

Best Television Moments in 2017 (So Far)

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • June 27, 2017
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It’s mid-year and we’ve had some remarkable television moments. To give some space on the list, I’m limiting it to only one moment per show, even though a few (SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, The Leftovers, and others) had multiple awesome moments. Here are the twelve best moments of television so far in 2017: 12. The Good […]

How Nintendo Won E3: An Underdog Story

  • by Austin Pulmano
  • June 26, 2017
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I remember staying up late at night hoping that my Pokémon was strong enough to beat that one last gym leader before I went to bed (and then trying to convince myself that playing a little bit longer wouldn’t affect me the next day), or that time I tried to convince my dad to let […]

Ep. 86 Katy Perry: A Cry for Help or Publicity Stunt?

  • by Shrink Tank
  • June 22, 2017
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Were Katy Perry’s live stream therapy sessions an act of championing for mental health awareness or a publicity stunt? Does the prescription drug, Celexa, deserve the negative press in the court case of the teenager who encouraged her boyfriend to complete suicide? This week’s episode discusses these very questions and more on the Shrink Tank Podcast. With Katy […]

5 Steps to Surviving Your First HeroesCon

  • by Olivia Schmitke
  • June 21, 2017
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One of the perks of my summer internship with Shrink Tank was receiving a free ticket to HeroesCon this past weekend. Now you should know that I definitely classify as a superhero fan… I’m partial to Spiderman, Star-Lord, Thor (AKA Chris Hemsworth–am I right, ladies?!). I’m fairly well-versed with the movies and fun facts. That […]

Bachelorette Breakdown: Week 4

  • by Dr. Melissa Miller
  • June 20, 2017
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Bachelorette Breakdown: Episode 4 If you’re like me and worried that you missed a week of the Bachelorette, have no fear.  Last night the Bachelorette returned after a whole week off, and Rachel continues to impress us.  This week was full of pot-stirring and desperate attention attempts by the men.  Here is your recap: The […]

NOTHING Comes at Night: How Hollywood is Outsmarting America

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • June 15, 2017
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*SPOILER ALERT* I was beyond excited about the movie It Comes at Night. Always hopeful, my expectation was for this film to be a thrilling, scary movie that was smart and not made for the masses. I needed a truly scary, thrilling movie for the summer. And the trailer for this film did not disappoint with […]

Dear Preds Fans: A Post-Stanley Cup Therapy Session

  • by Laura Little, NCC
  • June 13, 2017
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Dear Nashville Predators Fans, THIS HURTS. My heart hurts, my throat hurts, my head hurts (probably not as much as Subban’s still), but the worst part is I know my team is hurting. The Nashville Predators have come so far and it feels disorienting to know we won’t be taking home the cup after all. […]

How Heroic is Wonder Woman? A Psychologist’s Answer

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • June 12, 2017
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I really wanted Wonder Woman to be good.  I partly felt like DC deserved a winner after a rough stretch of late (see Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman).  But mostly I wanted this character to be done right, especially in our current cultural and political climate. Wonder Woman was good.  Really, really good.  It […]

Batgirl or Batwoman? You decide…

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • June 12, 2017
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Recently, I got the chance to see the Lego Batman movie (again) and I started to think about Batgirl. Why is she called Batgirl as opposed to Batwoman? So, I reached out to my good friend, Lindsay Stewart, who is also a professional cosplayer. She lives, breathes and thinks about superheroes–all the time.  Being a […]

The Psychology Behind Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’ Lyric Mishap

  • by Marissa Miller, M.A.
  • June 11, 2017
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When we’re very young, we learn language by imitating it. As a toddler, I apparently would come home from church with my parents, open a book I was pretending was a church hymnal, and sing gibberish to some approximation of the songs we had sung that week. My baby sister called me “Dee Da” instead […]

The Psychology Behind “It Comes at Night”

  • by Dr. Nydia Conrad, PsyD
  • June 9, 2017
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What’s better than a horror movie? A horror movie that’s a psychological nightmare. The trailer to It Comes at Night introduces us to a family holed up in a cabin in the woods in what appears to a post apocalyptic scenario. Another family appears, someone gets tied to a tree, people put on gas masks, […]

A Therapist’s Letter to Predators Fans…

  • by Laura Little, NCC
  • June 9, 2017
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A Therapist’s Letter to Pred’s Fans Dear Nashville Predator fans, Over the past two months, I’ve watched seemingly calm bandwagon/fair-weather fans be converted into catfish throwin’, superstitious, emotional, and late to work “because the game was on last night” fans. We collectively have a desperate and deep seeded belief that our team, the Nashville Predators, […]

The Rippling Effect of Critical Role: 100 Episodes

  • by Dr. Megan Connell
  • June 7, 2017
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The Rippling Effect of Critical Role: Celebrating Their 100th Episode By: Megan Connell It’s 1993 and I’m sitting around the kitchen table of my best friend Christine’s house rolling up my first ever Dungeons & Dragons character.  We are talking about the adventure we are about to go on and nuances of the home-brewed spam […]

Bachelorette Breakdown: Week 3

  • by Dr. Melissa Miller
  • June 6, 2017
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If you have not been watching this season, or you missed this episode, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND WATCH IMMEDIATELY!  I usually find the show amusing at best, but tonight was constant laugh out loud entertainment.  Let’s just dive in to the winners of tonight… Testosterone Alert – Clearly Alex has been watching Magic Mike XXL […]

Which Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Song is your favorite? (POLL)

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • June 2, 2017
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Fifty years ago today in the U.S., on June 2, 1967, the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  It remains a shining achievement and many fans and critics still consider it the best album in history. The Fab Four continued the experimentation they had started with Rubber Soul and Revolver, including the adoption […]

Wonder Woman Delivers!

  • by Dr. Megan Connell
  • June 2, 2017
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Short Spoiler Free Review of Wonder Woman Earlier this week I wrote about my concerns for Wonder Woman. Tonight, heart in my throat, I went to go see this film that I had so much hope for.  My hope is alive and well; Wonder Woman delivers! The film struck the right balance of backstory, character […]

Anticipation for Wonder Woman: #DontBeBad

  • by Dr. Megan Connell
  • May 31, 2017
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I love superhero movies.  Ever since Iron Man upped-the-anti of modern superhero films, I have been loving them; however, the lack of a leading female superhero has left me feeling frustrated with the cinematic comic-book world.  There are plenty of strong female superheroes in both the DC and Marvel comics, yet both have been missing […]

Bachelorette Rundown, Week 2

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • May 31, 2017
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Rachel Lindsay soon will come to be known as the greatest Bachelorette EVER.  There you have it, my bold prediction.  She became a fan favorite a few months ago when she almost made it to the finish line with Bachelor Nick Viall.  Now she is in the driver’s seat.  She’s already made history as the […]

Predicting the Song of the Summer 2017

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • May 30, 2017
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Every year by the end of May, I try to predict the Song of the Summer. Last year, I picked Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling, which seems like an obvious choice now, but it was just barely getting airplay in May of last year before it became omnipresent in the months—and year—to come. I […]

LeBron vs. Curry, Round 3

  • by Tarik Sloussi, M.A.
  • May 30, 2017
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Who’s more likely to lead their team to another NBA Finals Championship this year, LeBron or Curry? The LeBron led Cavaliers and Curry led Warriors have matched up in the previous two NBA Finals with the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavs winning in 2016. Given the continued dominance of both clubs here in […]

Where Do We Go From Here? Tips to Preserve “Truth” in the Age of Trump

  • by Shrink Tank
  • May 26, 2017
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Donald Trump, as both a candidate and now as president, has played so fast and loose with the facts that it has called into question how we as a culture think about important issues of truth. This article is the last of a four-part series that explores the aspects of Truth in the Age of Trump. We […]

Sense8: Leading the Way in Inclusion and Diversity on Television

  • by Juan Maldonado, M.S.
  • May 25, 2017
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Sense8 is cast with characters representative of different races, and nationalities. At the core of the heart of Sense8 is the diversity and inclusion that the show brings to television. Sense8 is a sci-fi drama television series on Netflix created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, alongside J. Michael Straczynski.  The show is centered on a “cluster” […]

Inside the Echo Chamber: Truth in the Age of Trump

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • May 24, 2017
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Donald Trump, as both a candidate and now as president, has played so fast and loose with the facts that it has called into question how we as a culture think about important issues of truth. This article is one of a four-part series that explores the aspects of Truth in the Age of Trump. […]

Disintegrating Truth and Disintermediation: Truth in the Age of Trump

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • May 23, 2017
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Donald Trump, as both a candidate and now as president, has played so fast and loose with the facts that it has called into question how we as a culture think about important issues of truth. This article is one of a four-part series that explores the aspects of Truth in the Age of Trump. […]

Chris Cornell and the Epidemic of Suicide in Middle-Aged Men

  • by Dr. Amanda McGough
  • May 23, 2017
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The untimely death of the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, Chris Cornell, has been classified as a suicide. Cornell’s wife has publicly indicated that she does not believe that his death was intentional suicide and that misused prescription medications may have played a role in the actions of that evening. Much of my work as a […]

Truth, Information, and Choice: Truth in the Age of Trump

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • May 22, 2017
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How Humans Make Decisions and Ascertain Truthz in the Age of Data Smogizzle Donald Trump, as both a candidate and now as president, has played so fast and loose with the facts that it has called into question how we as a culture think about important issues of truth. This article is one of a […]

Psychology of Summer Movies: Summer Blockbusters, Some Are Not!

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • May 19, 2017
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What is the secret in transforming a film into a blockbuster event?  A look into the inherent pull of the Summer Blockbuster!    That time of year is upon us again.  That glorious time (to some) when various theaters, cinema palaces, and movie cafes promise an explosive (quite literally) film-going experience.  Fans and the bored […]

A Psychologist’s Take on the Alien Franchise and Primordial Fear

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • May 18, 2017
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Why has Alien become integrated into the pop-culture psyche in a way that very few other films have? I was 10 and standing in an Eckerd’s drugstore in 1979. Hoping my mom wouldn’t catch me, I snuck off to the “forbidden” magazine looking for Famous Monsters of Filmland. I had heard the movie Alien was […]

First Grade Awards…So…Many…Awards…

  • by Dr. Kristin Daley
  • May 17, 2017
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As the school year comes to a close, this is a crazy time to be a parent. One of my biggest challenges has been the lack of notice related to these events, because it can be really hard to get my schedule juggled to accommodate these events, and I can lose a good portion of […]

Cultural Significance of “Dear White People”

What are the issues “Dear White People” addresses that both the black community and young adults face? Something recently popped up on my recommendations list on Netflix called “Dear White People.” I was immediately intrigued. The title alone captivated me and caught my attention. I added it to my wishlist and could not wait to binge-watch […]

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, […]

Does ’13 Reasons Why’ Accurately Capture Today’s Teen Culture?

Why is ’13 Reasons Why’ such a hit with young folks?  Perhaps it’s because the show accurately captures a lot of what it’s like to be a teen today.  So, what are the current trends with teen culture? Netflix’s newest sensation is sparking a larger conversation around suicide, rape, and bullying.  In our multi-part series […]

Healing the Child Within: Thoughts from Liam’s Critical Role One-Off

  • by Dr. Megan Connell
  • May 4, 2017
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“Hey, guys we have friends!” Featured Image provided by @Légume – used with permission. Another wonderful episode of Critical Role brings about a fantastic discussion.  On April 20th Critical Role had a one-off adventure where Liam O’Brian stepped into the Dungeon Master (DM) chair.  In the adventure, his friends played as younger versions of themselves.  The […]

Blew My Mind Podcast: Three Word Movie Lines

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • May 4, 2017
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It’s been said that when it comes to writing, “Brevity wins.”  If that’s true, then we’re all about WINNING!  In this episode, host Craig Pohlman and guests Dave Verhaagen and Rachel Kitson discuss mind-blowing, 3-word lines from some great movies:  Forrest Gump, The Big Lebowski, and Marathon Man.  Blew My Mind is where Shrink Tank contributors discuss their personal experiences […]

Hypnosis: History, Myths, and Factual Science

  • by Juan Maldonado, M.S.
  • May 3, 2017
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Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years.  Different cultures have been known to use dances and rituals to enter into hypnotic trances.  Tales of oracles foreseeing the future, or communicating with gods by entering such trances can be seen in numerous mythologies across various cultures.  Today hypnosis, or hypnotherapy as it is commonly referred […]

Gene Roddenberry Saw the Future…but the Future Is Asperger’s

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • May 2, 2017
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I am a psychologist who works with kids, teens, and families who are “on the spectrum.” Being “on the spectrum” means a person is considered Asperger’s or Autistic. As this is one of my specialties, I was invited by Dr. Travis Langley to contribute to his ongoing book series about psychology and pop-culture, more specifically […]

The Psychology of “American Gods,” Episode 1

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • May 1, 2017
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*Spoilers Ahead* Vikings land on the rocky shore of what will one day be America. They are met with a hail of arrows that lets them know this is an inhospitable place. The wind dies and they are stranded with no way to return home. They appeal to their god, Odin, in every way possible, […]

Psychological Analysis of ’13 Reasons Why’: People’s Feelings About Hannah Say a Lot About Ame...

Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted.  The likelihood that a person suffers suicidal thoughts increases after sexual violence.  Why aren’t we talking more about Hannah’s sexual assault? Netflix’s newest sensation is sparking a larger conversation around suicide, rape, and bullying.  In our multi-part series on 13 Reasons Why, one mental health professional will explore […]

Child Abuse! A Psychologist’s Perspective on Daddy0Five


  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • April 20, 2017
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I am a child psychologist, and last week I posted an article entitled, How to Scare an Intern. I discussed what makes a prank benign and humorous versus harmful and how we use pranks to build relationships rather than hurt them. By accident, I recently witnessed a so-called “prank video,” by a YouTuber named DaddyOFive […]

Could 13 Reasons Why Spur an Increase in Teen Suicide? Research Supports the Possibility

“Why did the show depict Hannah’s suicide in such a graphic manner? Was it necessary?  And could it actually spur copycat suicides?” Netflix’s newest sensation is sparking a larger conversation around suicide, rape, and bullying.  In our multi-part series on 13 Reasons Why, one mental health professional will explore the psychological aspects presented in the […]

How Princess Diana’s Death Spurred Prince William to Campaign for Mental Health

“You never get over it.  I still feel it 20 years later about my mother.  I still have shock within me.” Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, has said the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, spurred him on to tackle the issue of mental health.  Speaking after the preview screening of a BBC […]

Psychological Analysis of 13 Reasons Why: The Unrelenting Anguish of Suicide

I never thought I’d have a client end their own life.  13 Reasons Why’s focus on teen suicide was an unsettling experience and reminder of the pain suicide inflicts on everyone. Netflix’s newest sensation is sparking a larger conversation around suicide, rape, and bullying.  In our multi-part series on 13 Reasons Why, one mental health professional […]

Prince Harry, Grief, and The Challenge Men Face in Asking for Help

Britain’s Prince Harry was only 12 years-old when his mother Princess Diana was tragically killed in an automobile accident.  It would take Harry 16 more years before he sought help to deal with the grief of losing his mother. In a candid interview with British newspaper The Telegraph, Prince Harry admitted the loss of his […]

A Psychologist’s Take on Why We Prank

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • April 14, 2017
  • 0
I have pretty much always been a prankster. And scaring people has been my specialty. But at what point do prank’s cross the line? The psychologist, Dr. David Verhaagen, describes pranks and humor as finding the line between violating a person or subject but making sure the violation is benign. The other characteristic of humor involves […]

How to be a Responsible Adult… Gamer

  • by Dr. Megan Connell
  • April 14, 2017
  • 0
I love gaming.  Getting immersed into a far off location, solving problems, solving puzzles and being super strong and powerful are some of my favorite ways to spend my free time.  The problem is I don’t have much free time anymore.  I recently read a quote on Reddit stating; “The problems of being a child: […]

Zeke Smith’s Outing on Survivor and the Questions It Raises

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • April 13, 2017
  • 0
It will go down as one of the most significant moments in Survivor history. In a show full of shockers, double-crosses, bad behavior, and twists, this was a class apart. On the ropes and likely to be voted out, veteran player Jeff Varner desperate for a play that would keep him in the game, outed […]

B is For Beautiful Disaster: A Psychologist’s Take on the Appeal of B-Movies

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • April 13, 2017
  • 0
I have a colleague and friend, Josh Jensen (co-author of the movie pairing book (Cinemanalysis) who is a bit of film nerd.  I mean that in a respectful way, of course, because I sincerely admire how he can appreciate the artistic merit of, say, Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, a film that, try as I […]

The Bard’s Departure; A Psychologist’s Reaction to Episode 85 of Critical Role

  • by Dr. Megan Connell
  • April 11, 2017
  • 0
“I don’t have anything that cares about me.” “That’s a lie!” “You think you care about me?…You don’t really know me…” “How many times have we asked you if you’re alright and you just laugh and joke?  We can’t help you if you don’t tell us what’s going on!” “Nobody knew that any of this […]

Sergio Garcia: A Masters Champion

  • by Allan Howe, LCSW
  • April 10, 2017
  • 0
Love him or hate him, Sergio Garcia put on a show that will not soon be forgotten for us golfing fans.  He can now shed the title of the most successful golfer to have not won a major championship. There were so many talking points and it was almost meant to happen for Sergio.  With […]

Legion: FX and Marvel Take on Mental Health

  • by Juan Maldonado, M.S.
  • March 30, 2017
  • 0
Legion, Marvel’s latest addition to the superhero show genre is both an intriguing, and remarkable window into the world of mental health.  The show is centered around David Heller, an extremely powerful mutant with psychic powers that happens to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.  The show’s director, Noah Hawley, makes excellent use of dream-lime imagery, stylish […]

Facebook Friends? What Kind of Relationship is it REALLY?

  • by Dr. Bilal Ghandour
  • March 29, 2017
  • 0
A recent Inbox exchange with a Facebook friend got me thinking about what social media friends really mean and whether or not you can categorize virtual friends as you would the people in your non-virtual life. The exchange was far from fun but was certainly illuminating in terms of conceptualizing categories of Facebook friends. My […]

The Psychological Impact of Whitewashing Asian Characters

Is Hollywood racist for whitewashing Asian characters and appropriating pop culture properties from Asia?  Well, the answer might be complicated.  A look at Hollywood’s infatuation with Asian pop culture. I dedicate this article to my lovely two daughters Kaitlyn and Robin.  May they have endless opportunity to see themselves represented on the big cinema screen. […]

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

  • by Dr. Shane Owens
  • March 24, 2017
  • 0
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 […]

How Beauty and the Beast Impacted Young Girls’ Self-Image

  • by Shrink Tank
  • March 17, 2017
  • 1
Belle is not just another cookie-cutter princess.  In anticipation of Disney’s live action remake, mental health professionals and a professional cosplayer reflect on the impact the original animated film had on their childhood. “Look there she goes, that girl is strange, no question! Dazed and distracted, can’t you tell? Never part of any crowd ‘Cause […]

The Positive Psychology of Beer

  • by Emma Kate Wright, M.A.
  • March 15, 2017
  • 0
“Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” ~Homer Simpson Beer. A beverage that makes you feel things. It can cause relaxation, nausea, shame, sadness, and/or joy! Everyone has a strong association with this beverage, be it positive or negative. However, today I want to talk about the positives. I want […]

Logan’s Laura vs. Stranger Thing’s Eleven: Psychological Comparison

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • March 14, 2017
  • 0
My oldest son, Josh, recently binge-watched the first season of Stranger Things.  After seeing one of the ubiquitous trailers for Logan, he remarked that the Laura character reminded him of Eleven (who topped my list of 2016’s best heroes).  I thought that was a pretty astute comparison, so much so that I had to get […]

March Madness: Why We Root For The Underdog

  • by Tarik Sloussi, M.A.
  • March 10, 2017
  • 0
If you’ve ever watched the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, than you know why it is more commonly referred to as “March Madness.” Each year a lower seeded team overcomes the odds and defeats a higher ranked opponent, which leads to a surge in public support and backing. Have you ever found yourself rooting […]

CONnoisseur: The Art of The Convention Experience

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • March 6, 2017
  • 0
As we’re nearing the inaugural AspieCon I thought I’d reflect on the inherent appeal and rising popularity of conventions in general.  What is AspieCon you might ask?  Let me crib from the official website to answer that. AspieCon is everything you love about Comic Con combined with the best aspects of a community resource fair. It […]

Why I Hate Carolina and Their Fans

  • by Juliet Kuehnle, LPC
  • March 4, 2017
  • 0
I was born to hate Carolina. I bleed dark blue. It seems my colleague Frank Gaskill thinks he’s some kind of expert on the best rivalry in sports history. Let this list stand to correct and educate him as to why Duke is the best. 1. Tyler Hansbrough’s face (except when it was bloodied by Gerald […]

Why Louisville-Kentucky Is College Basketball’s Best Rivalry

  • by Dillon Espinosa
  • March 3, 2017
  • 0
Here are my top 7 reasons why the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry is the best in college basketball: 1. They play once a year Louisville and Kentucky only get one shot at each other during the regular season. 40 minutes of basketball determines who has bragging rights for the next 364 days. The only other time Louisville and […]

Why I Hate Duke: A Psychologist’s Perspective

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • March 3, 2017
  • 0
Hate is a rather strong word but when it comes to Duke, probably not strong enough. My first dog’s name was Tarheel and I graduated with three degrees from The University of North Carolina. Thus, I am not biased at all. And I think there are significant psychological reasons why most sane human beings hate […]

Was This The Best Oscar Telecast Ever?

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • March 2, 2017
  • 0
I’ve watched the Oscars every year since 1982 when I was a senior in high school and had the good fortune of being the only person among my friends to predict Chariots of Fire would win Best Picture. In a little bit of present-day irony, it beat out the favorite, Reds, directed and starring Warren […]

Lessons in Organizational Psychology from NBC’s Powerless

  • by Juan Maldonado, M.S.
  • March 1, 2017
  • 0
When DC Comic’s Powerless show debuted a few weeks ago on NBC, I felt I had the obligation to give the show the benefit of the doubt.  Being a comic book aficionado, I had to give the show’s first episode a glance over, even though I wasn’t expecting it to be very good.  I mean, […]

La La Land and (500) Days of Summer: Separated at Birth

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • February 28, 2017
  • 0
So what if La La Land didn’t actually win Best Picture?  I was only about 30 seconds in when it became one of my favorite movies ever (that song-and-dance tracking shot in a freeway traffic jam?!  BRILLIANT!).  It didn’t take much longer for it to remind me of one of my other favorite movies, (500) […]

La La Land is the Most Offensive, Sexist, Racist, Self-Congratulatory Film Ever … According to the B...

I don’t know what to think anymore about La La Land. Fortunately, a number of think pieces tell me I should hate everything about it. Dear family and friends, I want to take this opportunity to say how much I love you and value our relationship.  It’s been a wonderful, wild journey.  I never envisioned the […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Picture

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Picture The Academy Awards are tonight and we’ve reached the end of our weeklong coverage of the Oscars.  Today we profile the Best Picture nominees.  Nine films were nominated for Best Picture this year.  Four of the films have a slim-to-none chance of winning the award because their […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Director

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Director Each day leading up to the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 Shrink Tank will profile one of the major categories, ranking the nominees for their work and predicting who will walk away with a shiny gold statue. Today we profile the Best Director nominees.  I would not […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Actor

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Actress Each day leading up to the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 Shrink Tank will profile one of the major categories, ranking the nominees for their work and predicting who will walk away with a shiny gold statue. Today we profile the Best Actor nominees.  Of the […]

What is the Best Performance of the Past Decade? (POLL)

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • February 24, 2017
  • 0
Over the past decade, we have seen some of the best acting in the history of film from both men and women, young and old. Sometimes the best performances won the Oscar, but sometimes not. Here are 15 proposals for the best acting performances of the previous ten years. Vote for the one you think […]

7 Big Oscar Stories

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • February 23, 2017
  • 0
The Oscar nominations always bring its share of snubs and surprises. This year, there were fewer snubs than usual, though Amy Adams and Annette Bening’s omissions are pretty shocking. There are some interesting stories nestled in this year’s nominations. Here are seven interesting stories: 1. Remember #OscarsSoWhite last year? For two years in a row, there […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Actress

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Actress Each day leading up to the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 Shrink Tank will profile one of the major categories, ranking the nominees for their work and predicting who will walk away with a shiny gold statue.  Today we profile the Best Actress race. Best Actress […]

Employee Mental Health is Worth Billions

  • by Dr. Shane Owens
  • February 22, 2017
  • 0
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 […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Supporting Actor

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Supporting Actor Each day leading up to the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 Shrink Tank will profile one of the major categories, ranking the nominees for their work and predicting who will walk away with a shiny gold statue. Today we profile the Best Supporting Actor nominees.  Only […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Supporting Actress

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Supporting Actress Each day leading up to the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 Shrink Tank will profile one of the major categories, ranking the nominees for their work and predicting who will walk away with a shiny gold statue. First up, the Best Supporting […]

How Heroic is the Lego Batman? A Psychologist’s Answer

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • February 17, 2017
  • 1
Like a large segment of the global population, I enjoyed The Lego Batman Movie.  Although it is unmistakably a spin-off of The Lego Movie, I was surprised by how much of a Batman film it was.  Case in point- Lego Batman dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) stemming from the murder of his parents.  This […]

Trump, Narcissism, and the Ability to Lead: A Psychologist Responds

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • February 16, 2017
  • 2
An open letter to the editor was posted in the New York Times by a man I hold in the highest esteem. Dr. Allen Frances speaks clearly to all psychologists and psychiatrists who would “diagnose” Donald Trump. We are not to diagnose him. To label him as having narcissistic personality disorder is not appropriate, and […]

Marvel and the Hero Fallacy

  • by Dr. David Clements, M.D.
  • February 15, 2017
  • 0
In modern America, it appears that the only strong, uniquely American industry is in Hollywood.  Why is this?  What makes the movies so important to us?  Are we even aware of the reason why we watch and talk about everything surrounding the movie industry.  The obvious answers are relatively simplistic; entertainment, distraction, envy, etc…  However, […]

How to Love Valentine’s Day

  • by Marissa Miller, M.A.
  • February 14, 2017
  • 0
I recently participated in an icebreaker where the guiding question was “What is your favorite holiday?” I listened as two of my top three favorite holidays were named repeatedly and felt an urge to represent the third when my turn arrived. “I really love Valentine’s Day,” I said to a room of faces that were […]

Would You Ever Open Your Marriage? The Psychology of Open Marriages

Marriage and relationships are changing in the 21st century.  Hear from real-life folks who say polyamory works best for them. Valentine’s Day comes around every February, bringing with it horrible romantic films, stores filled with boxes of candy, and cuddly stuff animals.  The gifts are accompanied by expressions of romance, soul mates, and in many […]

The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere (POLL)

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • February 13, 2017
  • 0
Season 7 of The Walking Dead has resumed and, unlike previous seasons, a lot of viewers just don’t care that much.  After a compelling back half of Season 6, the dramatic introduction of Negan in the Season 6 finale, and an emotionally wrenching Season 7 premiere, this show has been in a major slump.  The […]

Beyoncé vs. Adele: Who Will Reign at the Grammys?

Sunday’s 59th Annual Grammy Awards Will Be a Showdown Between Beyoncé and Adele.  Here are my Grammys 2017 Predictions: The Year the Women Ruled Music! Listen to the Shrink Tank podcast discuss and debate the Grammys HERE This year’s Grammys is shaping up to be weird showdown between two of music’s most talented and important artists.  […]

Who Will Win Album of the Year? (POLL)

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • February 11, 2017
  • 1
The Grammy for Album of the Year has gone to some classic albums, including Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon’s Graceland, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and The Joshua Tree by U2. There have been years when they have gotten it wrong (I doubt few people think Steely Dan’s Two Against Nature was a better album than […]

Steve Bannon and Nefarious Advisors from Movies

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • February 9, 2017
  • 0
In 2016 Donald Trump raised eyebrows and blood pressures when he named Steve Bannon, former head of Breitbart News, as the CEO of his Presidential campaign.  Now Bannon is President Trump’s Chief Strategist.  Breitbart is, according to Bannon, “the platform for the alt-right,” and concerns are mounting over what kind of influence Bannon exerts in […]

Why You Should Talk To Your Teen Daughter About Fifty Shades Darker

  • by Dr. Heidi Limbrunner
  • February 8, 2017
  • 1
As Fifty Shades Darker is released this weekend, many parents have questions or concerns about the film. Do they talk to their daughter about this movie? What do they say, if anything, about it? It’s probably a given that your teen is well aware of the movie and has talked about it with her friends. The […]

How to Handle the End of Football Season

  • by Tarik Sloussi, M.A.
  • February 6, 2017
  • 0
As much as it pains me to say this, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are Super Bowl Champions… For the 5th time! Smh. Although I strongly dislike Tom Brady and the Patriots (I’m a die-hard Peyton Manning fan), I respect the team for pulling off the single greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Their […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on Football Fandom

  • by Dr. James Goodlad
  • February 3, 2017
  • 0
Watching football, both professional and college, has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a kid I spent many Saturdays and Sundays with my dad watching our favorite teams while yelling at the television (which doesn’t usually work). I consider myself a loyal fan of both pro and college […]

What is the Best “Best Picture” of the Past Decade? (POLL)

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • January 30, 2017
  • 0
We all know the best movie of each year doesn’t necessarily win Best Picture at the Oscars. Sometimes they get it right and sometimes they don’t. For example, not many film critics or historians think Shakespeare in Love was a better movie than the classic Saving Private Ryan. If we look at the films that […]

Why Women Are “Woke”

  • by Dr. Kristin Daley
  • January 27, 2017
  • 0
A few months ago, I had the amazing pleasure of being able to hear Glennon Doyle Melton speak. During her talk, she shared some of her personal struggles with addiction, mental illness, and interpersonal relationships. One of the statements she made during the night stuck with me in a particular way, she expressed her daughter’s […]

How to Prevent your Daughter from Getting a Neck Tattoo

  • by Dr. Kristin Daley
  • January 26, 2017
  • 0
Prior to the 1980’s, tattoos were most commonly found on merchant marines, bikers, and tribal cultures in foreign countries. Around the late 80’s and early 90’s, they started to become much more commonplace. I was the kind of adolescent in the 90’s who needed to be free to make his or her own mistakes (e.g. […]

Want to feel centered? Try Tai Chi

  • by Juan Maldonado, M.S.
  • January 24, 2017
  • 0
In today’s fast-paced, and anxiety inducing times, individuals are seeking ways to feel centered.  Work-life balance is a major topic of discussion in social media, blogs, and websites that deal with mental health. Dealing with stressors of work while making sure that one is taking care of oneself can be challenging. Compounding the stressors felt […]

The Reality Show That’s Good for Your Kids

  • by Dr. Andrea Umbach
  • January 23, 2017
  • 1
Masterchef Junior (on Fox and Hulu) has begun! Why should you care? Because this reality competition show can teach your children a whole “mixer” full of skills. Masterchef Junior is a competitive cooking show for kids aged 8-13. Yes, children are using knives, stoves, and liquid nitrogen. They are conceptualizing dishes and tasting ingredients they […]

More Than a Movie – Life Lessons from Star Trek Into Darkness

  • by Shrink Tank
  • January 21, 2017
  • 0
We are pretty big fans of movies here at Southeast Psych. We are also fans of psychology. We’re starting a new blog series called More Than a Movie, where we take a look at some life lessons you can learn from the big screen. I recently saw Star Trek Into Darkness and these are the […]

A Psychological Analysis of Donald Trump

  • by Dr. Bilal Ghandour
  • January 20, 2017
  • 34
Love him, hate him but can you feel sorry for him? Donald Trump’s personality analyzed Ask anyone what they think of Donald Trump and you are almost guaranteed one of two instantaneous – almost reflexive – reactions: “He is great” (read: I admire his guts, love his strength and honesty) or “he is awful” (read: […]

What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting

  • by Dr. Kristin Daley
  • January 20, 2017
  • 1
I can usually tell when it is about to happen. The eye contact drifts from my eyes to my abdomen. There is often increased interest in my abdomen, and I usually try to shift my stance- suck in a little and angle my hips (one of the bloggers says this makes you look better in […]

Will The Movie “Split” Get Multiple Personality Disorder Right?

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • January 18, 2017
  • 0
I am a child psychologist. However, during my doctoral internship, I had the opportunity to work with adults who were diagnosed with a multitude of issues including genetic disorders, schizophrenia, and severe autism. During internship, I experienced my first patient who was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. This patient was absolutely endearing and not only […]

The Bachelor, Episode 3: What Was Corinne’s Biggest Meltdown? (POLL)

  • by Shrink Tank
  • January 17, 2017
  • 0
The Bachelor episode 3 turned into the Corinne Train Wreck Show. It is doubtful that she will make it much longer this season, so let’s enjoy her crazy while we have it.

Must See Movies of 2017

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • January 12, 2017
  • 0
I can’t recall the year in which I have been more disappointed in movies than I was in 2016. I’m not clear if the failure of the 2016 films was due to superhero fatigue as much as it was just bad storytelling. Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad were two movies widely panned but both […]

Obama’s 7 Most Memorable Moments As President

  • by Tarik Sloussi, M.A.
  • January 11, 2017
  • 0
As Obama’s reign as President of the United States comes to an end, many are reflecting on the past 8 years with a mix of sadness and thankfulness. As one of my colleagues, Dr. Dave Verhaagen, highlighted in his Which Celebrity Death Hit You Harderst This Year? article, it is not abnormal for one to […]

Lindsey Stirling: Champion of Mental Health 2016

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • January 10, 2017
  • 0
Growing up in Arizona, Lindsey Stirling began taking violin lessons at the age of five. By high school, her musical prowess had already won her the state title of the Junior Miss Competition. By her early twenties, she advanced as a quarter-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent where she was billed as a “hip hop […]

Who Will Win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship? (POLL)

  • by Shrink Tank
  • January 9, 2017
  • 0
Alabama and Clemson will face-off tonight at 8pm for the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship. Who do YOU think will win? Vote now! For more info on the game, click here.

The Psychology of Momastery

  • by Dr. Melissa Miller
  • January 7, 2017
  • 1
The internet became a thing while I was still in high school.  Some of you young chickens reading this may think this makes me ancient, but I am still in my thirties thank you very much.  Never in my early years would I have imagined how integral the internet would become in my life. Now the web is my go-to source of all information. Last night […]

Why Grayson Allen is “Out of Control”

  • by Tarik Sloussi, M.A.
  • January 6, 2017
  • 0
Duke guard Grayson Allen returned to action after being suspended “indefinitely” for tripping a player for the third time in a calendar year. Even if you strongly dislike Duke and/or Grayson Allen, you have to admire the stunt Duke’s public relations team pulled by announcing that Allen would be suspended “indefinitely” only to see him […]

A Psychologist Predicts The Bachelor

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • January 5, 2017
  • 0
I’m back with my predictions of who will likely win these season of The Bachelor. You may recall that I don’t actually watch the show, but I simply watch the 20 minutes or so when the contestants come out of the limo (or arrive on a skateboard or camel, etc.) to greet the Bachelor or […]

Virtual Insanity: Is Virtual Reality Our Next Reality?

  • by Dr. Jonathan Anslow
  • January 4, 2017
  • 0
I remember I used to play the Atari 2600 back in the day.  In the late 70’s those blocky graphics coupled with all of those bloops and bleeps would somehow hold my attention for hours.  At times I used to wonder what kinds of games I’d be playing in the 2000’s because, well, the new millennium just […]

Which Celebrity Death Hit You the Hardest This Year? (POLL)

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • December 29, 2016
  • 0
On social media and in the press, many people report feeling “heartbroken” and “devastated” over the loss of a certain celebrity. How is it that we can feel strong emotions about someone we’ve never even met? Honestly, it’s not that tough to explain. The human brain is wired to find patterns. We seek familiarity. It’s […]

The 12 Best Saturday Night Live Moments of 2016

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • December 28, 2016
  • 0
In the more than forty-year history of Saturday Night Live, we’ve had some ups and downs. Some seasons were way better than others; some casts were way stronger than others. It’s still a lazy criticism that SNL is not as good as it used to be, but this year you’d be hard-pressed to support that […]

Feeling Depressed? Maybe it’s Time to Take a Break From Facebook

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • December 27, 2016
  • 0
Technology impacts the way we think about, understand, and interact with the world.  Undoubtedly there are some implications for how this impacts our psychological well-being.  There are a number of ways in which technology enhances our lives: it provides increased access to information, allows for the forging and maintenance of relationships, helps make learning and […]

This Psychologist Prescribes Eggnog

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • December 24, 2016
  • 0
Every year when the holidays roll around I am perplexed by a question:  Why isn’t everyone drinking eggnog, in large quantities?  For the uninitiated (and apparently there are a lot of you out there), eggnog is a rich and sweet beverage made with milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks, and a smattering of other ingredients like […]

Nude Christmas: Santa’s The Only One with Brand New Bags

The word “nude” doesn’t often accompany Christmas, but it does here with my craziest Christmas memory! This is an excerpt from Mixed Shrink: Ridiculous Real Life Stories from Shrinks.  The following story you are about to read is 100% true, because even if you tried to make up a story in my family, it wouldn’t […]

Top 10 Interviews by Howard Stern in 2016

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • December 23, 2016
  • 0
In my opinion, Howard Stern is the number one interviewer in the history of media. What makes him the best? I believe it’s years of therapy, becoming fully self-actualized, and being insanely curious about people. Guests lower their guard and revealing interviews I have ever heard. On top of that, his humor and self-revelations also […]

Heroes and Villains: Best of 2016

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • December 22, 2016
  • 0
Looking across the pop culture landscape, several noteworthy heroes and villains took center stage in 2016.  Below are my 10 picks for each, listed in no particular order (and for comparison, here were my 2015 picks).  Last year I started writing about my Heroism Quotient (HQ) and Villainy Quotient (VQ).  I regularly rate pop culture […]

Five Best Television Musical Moments of 2016

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • December 21, 2016
  • 0
Since the early days of television, music has played a huge role in our connection to the medium. This year is no exception. Here are five musical moments of the past year that ranged from deeply moving to incredibly joyful: 1. Kelly Clarkson performs “Piece by Piece” through tears on American Idol  The first winner […]

10 Best Television Moments of 2016

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • December 19, 2016
  • 0
We saw some great television this past year. Some of the moments were thrilling; others were incredibly moving; a few were hilarious.  They were all memorable, though. My rule was that I could only include one great moment per series, even though a few shows (Game of Thrones, Westworld, The People vs. O.J. Simpson) could […]

Rogue One, Star Wars, and the Psychology of Underdogs

Rogue One pits a small band of rebels against the Galactic Empire. But what drives people to fight as underdogs against astronomical odds?  The new trailer sheds light on what inspires this ragtag team to challenge the Empire. The following article contains excerpts about the psychology of underdogs from the book Star Wars Psychology: The Dark Side of […]

Dr. Fate and Post-Election Anxiety

  • by Juan Maldonado, M.S.
  • December 16, 2016
  • 2
As I continue to struggle with my feelings of anxiety, and depression since the election, I’ve begun to do a significant amount of introspection. Why was I hit so hard by the election results? For many, it’s easy to point out that these feelings may be due to our president-elect’s rhetoric against immigrants, his denial of […]

Kim Kardashian West: Trauma, Criticism, and Growth

  • by Emma Kate Wright, M.A.
  • December 15, 2016
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Shrink Tank’s year in review is looking back to the highs and lows from 2016! Paris fashion week is the epitome of glamour. The parties and events are inconceivably luxurious, the food is exquisite, the outfits are the archetype for trends, and celebrities from all over the world are out in full force! The excitement […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on the Kanye vs. Trump Presidential Candidacy

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • December 14, 2016
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Well, Kanye has done it again, complicated and conflicted man that he is: blown up the VMA’s with yet another borderline coherent, questionably profound, and at times maniacal, bizarre-o rant. The world is your stage, Mr. Yeezy, and we are all awaiting your next move. After being awarded the VMA Video Vanguard Award, and deservingly […]

Why We Love and Love to Hate the Kardashians

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • December 13, 2016
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Reality television, and its many iterations, is hard to avoid if you spend any time engaging in what has surely become one of America’s favorite pastimes: watchin’ the boob tube—well, scratch that, it’s more likely watching Netflix or Youtube at this point. Regardless, reality TV itself now covers a range of niche to ridiculous subjects […]

Why Darth Vader Needs Therapy

  • by Erik Goldfield
  • December 12, 2016
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In the Pantheon of Jungian archetypes there’s no one like him. He’s the most emulated, feared, revered, and celebrated bad guy of all time. Carl Jung himself could not have envisioned a more perfect archetypal father figure for the modern day dad. Tapping into both our unconscious minds and social conscious awareness, Carl Jung based […]

Vote for the 2016 Champion of Mental Health

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • December 9, 2016
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Last year, we gave our first annual Champion of Mental Health award to Reid Ewing, the Modern Family cast member who went public with his battle with Body Dysmorphic Disorder.  “In terms of my mental health, I’m doing pretty well,” he said when I checked in with him recently, then added, “I don’t think I’ve […]

Elf on the Shelf: Love it or Hate it? Two Psychologists Weigh In

  • by Shrink Tank
  • December 7, 2016
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It’s possible the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon has ruined several other holidays for all of us. The idea is simple, a little red-clad elf arrives on December 1st, watches your children’s behavior, and returns to the North Pole every night to report to Santa. Each night, the elf moves to a new place. Until […]

Why Glorifying Hunger is Not Okay

  • by Juliet Kuehnle, LPC
  • December 6, 2016
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I went to Nordstrom during my lunch break to return something, briefly pausing in the Women’s department, ya know, just to see if there was anything “on trend” that I must have. Then, there she was. The mannequin wearing a tank top that said: Last name HUNGRY, first name ALWAYS. I immediately took a picture […]

Why Am I So Obsessed With Star Wars?

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • December 5, 2016
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I am a child and family psychologist and my office is filled with memorabilia from Star Wars. I have a rare IG-88(with his weapon and box) as well as six Ultimate Collector Series Lego sets. I have upwards of 50 Darth Vader characters and my office resembles that of the bridge of a Star Destroyer. […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on Kanye West

  • by Dr. Rachel Kitson
  • December 2, 2016
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A Psychologist’s Perspective on Kanye West Kanye West is an interesting psychological case study for many reasons (yes, this is the thesis statement to which I finally resigned myself).  He’s probably most well-known for his controversial stunts, disorganized/grandiose rants, and the eclectic mix of celebrity pals, fans, and nemeses he attracts. Most are aware of […]

How to Tolerate your Family on Thanksgiving – 2016 Edition

  • by Dr. Kristin Daley
  • November 23, 2016
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Thanksgiving has a lot of baggage, and has the tendency to suck the fun right out of family dysfunction. For many folks, there has been an effort to solve some of the family struggles, and yet they seem to come back with intensity when there is an overload of food, drink, and togetherness. In an […]

The Psychology of Mystical Superheroes

  • by Juan Maldonado, M.S.
  • November 21, 2016
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Mystical and supernatural beings have captured humanity’s imagination since the dawn of time.  Our ancestors used tales of magic and mysticism to make sense of natural, physical phenomena that they were not able to comprehend.  Egyptians, as well as other cultures, ascribed gods to the sun and moon in order to explain the changes of night […]

Why Fake News Influences the Herd

  • by Dr. Kristin Daley
  • November 17, 2016
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Many years ago, I had a friend who was very distressed about the idea that infant crying would cause brain damage. She had read a blog about it, and the blogger had cited a Harvard study demonstrating that fact. One of the things that I do on a pretty regular basis is look up the […]

A Psychologist Lists the Top 10 Movies about Asperger’s and the Autism Spectrum

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • November 16, 2016
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I am a child psychologist who specializes in the area of Asperger’s. People who have Asperger’s tend to be above average in intelligence, demonstrate a special interest in a particular subject, and possess a deficit in social and nonverbal communication. All people who are Asperger’s—or Aspie for short—are different from one another. However, they do share […]

The Psychology of Doctor Strange

  • by Dr. Megan Connell
  • November 15, 2016
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Baby-sitter hired, and I’m heading out on the first date I have had with my husband in six months (byproduct of young children).  We were off to see Doctor Strange.  I love super hero movies.  I had very high hopes for our introduction to the Sorcerer Supreme, and I was not disappointed.  Doctor Strange is […]

Strange Psychology: Profiling the MCU’s Newest Hero

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • November 14, 2016
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has added another superhero- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme.  Somehow this movie comes off entertaining and fresh despite retreading elements such as the Himalayan trek origin story of Batman Begins, the reality-warping sequences of Inception, and the smug protagonist of Ironman.  Which brings me to Stephen Strange.  He goes through the […]

“Trump Won. Suck It Up”

  • by Tarik Sloussi, M.A.
  • November 11, 2016
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Whether you’re a Trump, Hillary, or “other” supporter, the outcome of the 2016 presidential election was a shock to all of us. Going into Election Day, Reuters gave Hillary a 90% chance of winning the election. Regardless of this and other favorable projections for Hillary, Donald Trump beat the odds and won the election. Now […]

Fall TV Shows 2016: What New Shows Should Make Your Cut?

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • October 28, 2016
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The Summer of 2016 may have been a bust at the movie theaters, but the Fall of 2016 has more than made up for it with its television offerings. This season has given us a better-than-average crop of TV shows. Now that we are a few weeks into most of the new shows, here are […]

Captain America and the Changing Political Landscape

  • by Juan Maldonado, M.S.
  • October 26, 2016
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Captain America has been fighting for the United States, and the American way of life, for the last 75 years.  The character was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941 and was conceived as a reaction to the actions taken by Nazi Germany during WWII.  The creators acknowledged that Captain America was a […]

Dear Walking Dead: Please Don’t Kill Glenn. He’s the Only TV Character That Reminds Me of Me

Negan has arrived.  Someone will die in tonight’s season premiere by his hands (or bat).  Will Glenn survive, or has he met his brutal and tragic end? [The following article has been updated from its first publication published on October 9, 2015] Every new season of AMC’s The Walking Dead brings the inevitable question, “Which […]

Heroes and Villains: Negan from The Walking Dead

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • October 22, 2016
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My wife, Jen, and I have been devoted fans of The Walking Dead since it debuted back in 2010. Not wanting any spoilers, we have avoided the comic book series on which it’s based. So neither of us knew much about Negan, the big bad who made his first appearance in this season’s finale. Characters […]

Let’s Talk Pussy

  • by Dr. Kristin Daley
  • October 21, 2016
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In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to start with how much I hate this word. For some reason, this word has always been the word that I cannot stand to hear, the word that makes my skin crawl, and one that I never, ever say. I have the same response to it […]

3 Human Characteristics of Sex and the City

  • by Dr. Kristin Daley
  • October 21, 2016
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In a recent interview about her new HBO show “Divorce,” Sarah Jessica Parker hinted that the rumors of a third Sex and the City movie are possibly true. We may have more SATC to absorb! The writing in SATC was capable of boiling down essential human characteristics in such a witty and smart fashion that […]

I Went to a Trump Rally as a Joke, But Was It a Laughing Matter? #AsiansForTrump

#AsiansForTrump: I thought it’d be funny to go to a Trump rally as a supporter.  So what did I experience and what type of people did I encounter? [WARNING:  The following contains mature content] This past April Fool’s Day, I wrote a satirical piece on Asians who support Trump. I simply repurposed the well-worn tropes of Asian stereotypes […]

A Psychological Look at Nick from Fear the Walking Dead

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • October 19, 2016
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Fear the Walking Dead hit its stride down the stretch of its sophomore season.  A big reason any television series clicks is having compelling characters.  Fear now has several, and my favorite is Nick Clark (Frank Dillane), a junkie turned zombie apocalypse survivor extraordinaire.  In addition to his battles with inner demons and frayed family […]

A Psychologist’s Take on Why We Love The Walking Dead…

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • October 17, 2016
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AMC’s The Walking Dead devours 19.1 million viewers nearly every episode. Robert Kirkman and the writers of the TWD have built a formula which draws in viewers and explains the show’s success. We are unconscious of the formula, but the equation explains why so many rabid fans follow the show. To know why we watch The Walking Dead, you need […]

Amanda Waller: A Case Study in Leadership

  • by Juan Maldonado, M.S.
  • October 10, 2016
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This summer mass audiences were introduced to Amanda Waller via Warner Brother’s Suicide Squad movie.  Although the character has had several previous live-action incarnations (Smallville, the Green Lantern Movie, Arrow), Suicide Squad is arguably the biggest and most successful stage the character has been cast in, despite the film’s cold critical reception.  The movie has […]

Why We Love Fixer Upper

  • by Dr. Melissa Miller
  • October 7, 2016
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There is something about Waco and cults.  The first go round with Waco and a cult was back in 1993, when the nation watched in horror as the cult Branch Davidians had a standoff for 50 days that ended in terrible tragedy. And now a new cult has emerged and is going strong.  It began […]

Kid Cudi, Race, & Mental Health

The rapper announced to the world he is not well and has taken steps to get the help he desperately needs. #YouGoodMan – Kid Cudi’s honest words and courageous actions have sparked a larger conversation on race, masculinity, and mental health.   Late Tuesday evening rapper Kid Cudi revealed that on Monday he checked himself into […]

A Psychologist’s Take on How to Win Fantasy Football

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • October 3, 2016
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I’m playing fantasy football. And I’m stuck in an airport in Denver headed back home to Charlotte. The Carolina Panthers (my favorite team) are about to take the field. And as chance would have it, the man sitting on the barstool next to me is headed to Charlotte as well. But being in Denver, there’s […]

Presidential Debate 2016: A Psychological Analysis of Donald Trump’s Performance

  • by Dr. Bilal Ghandour
  • September 30, 2016
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Countless article and commentaries have been written about the performance of Donald Trump as he faced Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate. Political experts more or less agree that while he may have had a decent first 15 minutes, he began to make mistakes and became increasingly uncomfortable and interruptive as the night progressed. […]

The Psychology of Binge Watching

  • by Dr. Melissa Miller
  • September 28, 2016
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The Sunday after the season finale of Game of Thrones felt so odd.  Half of me felt really sad that 9:00 PM didn’t bring with it 50 minutes of intense drama, gore, and tension that had come the previous nine weeks.  The other half of me also felt relieved, like a job had been finished […]

The 3 Best Songs of the Summer of 2016

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • September 26, 2016
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You may have read that I predicted Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” was going to be named The Song of the Summer.  It looks like Drake’s One Dance edged it out, though. That’s totally fine with me. Just because I picked it for Song of the Summer didn’t mean I liked the song. Truth […]

The 3 Best Movies of the Summer of 2016

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • September 23, 2016
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Let’s start with the bad news: the summer of 2016 was a stinker for movies. Like really really bad. In my view, it was one of the worst summers in recent memory. Typically during the summer, I would gladly be at the theater at least once a week. This summer, I went a month at […]

The 3 Best TV Shows of the Summer of 2016

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • September 21, 2016
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Summer is done and the pool is closed, so before we launch headlong into the fall, I wanted to reflect on the best TV of the long, hot season. Usually summer is pretty dead for television, but this year we got a surprisingly great Olympics, a few good reality shows, a couple solid scripted series, […]

A Millennial’s Guide to the Rise of Trump: Darth Sidious, The Sword of Gryffindor, and The X-Men

  • by Weston Durham
  • September 19, 2016
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I have to be honest.  I am beginning to wonder if all of America is on a twisted episode of ‘Punk’d’.  One of these days, Ashton Kutcher is going to take over our TV screens, President Snow style, and inform us all that we’ve been punk’d, that the 2016 presidential election is one big prank […]

A Chronic Obsession With Marijuana

  • by Robbie Shaw
  • September 15, 2016
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My first experimentation with marijuana was 25 years ago in the 8th grade when I was 14 years old.  I went to junior high in Charlotte, NC and pot was running rampant through all three grades.  White kids were selling it, black kids were selling it, and a lot of us were smoking it. I […]

A 9/11 Tribute (Video)

  • by Shrink Tank
  • September 11, 2016
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Where were you 15 years ago? If you are like most, you can remember exactly where you were, what you were doing, and who you were with on September 11, 2001, the day our nation changed forever. Today, we take time to honor the fallen from that horrific day, but also those who have fallen since […]

I Predicted the Summer of 2016: The Bachelorette, Captain America, and (Almost) Drake

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • September 9, 2016
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Three months ago at the end of May, I predicted three entertainment events for the Summer of 2016. I love predicting pop culture stuff because it’s like a big game for me. Specifically, this year I predicted the outcome of the Bachelorette, the box office champ of the summer, and the song of the summer. […]

Cam Newton’s Long, Tumultuous Climb to the Top of the NFL

Reigning MVP Cam Newton may be the most polarizing quarterback in the NFL, but his resiliency and maturity continues to catapult him to greater heights.  Will this year be the one where Cam hoists the Lombardi Trophy? For most of last year, Cam Newton was sitting on the top of the sports world.  He led the Carolina Panthers to […]

Stand By Me, Adolescence, and Fear of Facing Change

Stand By Me has a lot to say about childhood friends, the impact of family relationships, and growing up.  How a film made in the mid-eighties that’s set in the late fifties has proven to be a timeless masterpiece. I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in […]

Stranger Things and the Middle School Unknowns

  • by Dr. Kristin Daley
  • August 30, 2016
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**CAUTION: CONTAINS SPOILERS** I first came across Stranger Things on social media, in a parenting forum for parents of middle school-aged children. Someone had posted a link and stated that they had found that it was a nice source of connection with their child over the experience of coming of age, based on the writers’ […]

EDM and Burning Man at a Crossroads

Can Burning Man and EDM Sustain Their Popularity? Or Are Their 15 Minutes in the Spotlight Up?  A Look At the Successes and Struggles on its 30th Anniversary. Burning Man, which started in 1986 as tiny bonfire gathering near San Francisco, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.  Running from Aug. 28 […]

Why We Care More About Ryan Lochte Than The Louisiana Floods

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • August 22, 2016
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I was on a road trip last week and I got to hear about seven hours of CNN, which is way too much for anyone. If I had to summarize the day, it would be, “And our top story today, Ryan Lochte blah blah blah.” About twenty minutes later, there was another story: “Oh, and, […]

Understanding Donald Trump’s Narcissism

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • August 22, 2016
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Countless articles have been written about Donald Trump’s narcissism, some even going so far as to diagnose him with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The truth is he may or may not have a personality disorder, but it’s not our place to diagnose someone we’ve never met or personally assessed. However, there’s no question Donald Trump has […]

Why I Still Miss Sex and the City

  • by Dr. Kristin Daley
  • August 22, 2016
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The first episode of Sex and the City aired on June 6, 1998, and I instantly fell in love. The Carrie Bradshaw character spoke to me in so many ways: her relationships were imperfect, she had a core group of friends (also imperfect) with whom she processed her relationships, she struggled to establish herself, and […]

Aliens: 30 Reasons to Watch 30 Years Later

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • August 19, 2016
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Aliens was released in the summer of 1986. Unlike so many movies in the sci-fi, action, and horror genres, this one stands the test of time really well. Why? Let me count 30 reasons (with input from fellow Shrink Tank contributors): James Cameron’s pitch-perfect direction that balances action, tension, drama, and a dash of humor Excruciatingly […]

Best High School Films This Century

August is the month when millions of teenagers shift their focus away from summer and onto the coming school year. High school is a pivotal time in young people’s lives.  From a psychological standpoint, the high school years represent a period when a significant percentage of teens will first experience mental health problems. Rates of […]

How to Develop the “Mental Game” of Olympic Athletes – Part 3

  • by Dr. Patrick Young
  • August 18, 2016
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Turning the Music Up or Down, to Get “in the Zone” Most athletes perform their best, when their body’s arousal level is “just right” or “in the zone”, which means not too high and not too low. When arousal is too high, athletes can suffer from increased heart rate, shortness of breath, and increased sweating […]

How to Develop the “Mental Game” of Olympic Athletes – Part 2

  • by Dr. Patrick Young
  • August 15, 2016
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What we Can Learn About Confidence from Laurie Hernandez’  “Wink” & an “I Got This”  Being Confident Being confident is essential for athletes to achieve success. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Olympic athletes are extremely confident. However, many often wonder how this confidence was initially developed and how elite athletes maintain such […]

Why We Love R2-D2 and Other Robots

  • by Dr. Frank Gaskill
  • August 15, 2016
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The sadness I felt with the passing of Kenny Baker the actor who plated R2-D2) took me by surprise. When celebrities die, I typically experience nostalgia and fond memories. But when we lost Kenny Baker I felt we lost even more. For me, R2-D2 died as well. So why was this so different? The concept […]

The Psychology of Olympic Unity

  • by Weston Durham
  • August 12, 2016
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The Olympic games allow us to escape from the harsh realities of the real world and this year they could not have started at a better time. To look around it seems our country is more divided then ever. The battle between Democrats and Republicans, not to mention the divides within each party, has taken […]

How to Develop the “Mental Game” of Olympic Athletes – Part 1

  • by Dr. Patrick Young
  • August 10, 2016
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The modern Olympic Games, the games as most millennials know it, are a far cry from the original, Greek founded competition. Yet, even though this year’s Rio games (the XXXI Olympics overall) boasts 306 events, in 28 different sports (the original consisted of just one race, which covered the length of a stadium!), the allure […]

The 30th Anniversary of Aliens

  • by Dr. Craig Pohlman
  • August 10, 2016
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This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Aliens, one of the best sci-fi horror movies ever made. It solidified Sigourney Weaver’s A-list status and made James Cameron a brand-name director. It also freaked out audiences around the world. I was there in a theater with my friends, cheering on the Colonial Marines […]

Olympian Simone Biles’ Real Parents: 10 Things About Adoption To Consider

  • by Dr. Dave Verhaagen
  • August 9, 2016
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When rock star gymnast Simone Biles was four years old, her grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles adopted her and her little sister, Adria, because their mother had an ongoing struggle with substance abuse.  Simone’s grandparents became her adoptive parents. We call this a “kinship adoption,” where a family member steps in and legally adopts a […]
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