Thursday, March 26, 2020
How does a fetish start? Are fetishes psychologically healthy? More importantly, how do we think about fetishes in a sex-positive culture?
Psychology of Fetishes: How Do We Think about Fetishes in a Sex-Positive Culture? With an ever-changing culture on the way we talk about sex, our panel of Shrinks wanted to approach the subject of fetishes. How do fetishes start? Are fetishes psychologically healthy? How do fetishes relate to vulnerability and intimacy? In today's episode of the Shrink Tank Podcast, our panel...
JoJo Rabbit: Is it Okay to Use Hitler as a Punch Line?  JoJo Rabbit, the latest film from Taiki Waititi, follows a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend—Adolf Hitler—Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on. Our panel...
Should Student-Athletes Be Paid? Where Moral Psychology Comes into Play In September of this year, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a measure that allows players to receive endorsement deals, despite the NCAA calling the move “unconstitutional.” When asked about the NCAA’s differing view on the subject, Governor Newsom said, “I have deep reverence, deep respect for the NCAA and...
Jonathan Hetterly sits down with Joseph Stephens. Joseph is the composer of the hit song Misbehavin' on The Righteous Gemstones.
How Misbehavin' was Born: Interviewing 'The Righteous Gemstones' Composer, Joseph Stephens In today's special edition of the Shrink Tank Podcast, panelist Jonathan Hetterly sits down with the composer of The Righteous Gemstones, Joseph Stephens. Joseph Stephens is an American multi-instrumentalist, film score composer, and songwriter who wrote the infectious tune Misbehavin’ on HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones.  In this interview, they discuss...
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Joker. Why Joker is so Polarizing, Explained by Psychology Joker, the latest film starring Joaquin Phoenix, has been the catalyst of numerous discussions regarding its depiction of mental health, toxic masculinity, and the correlation of mental illness and violence. In today's podcast episode, therapists Jonathan Hetterly and Frank Gaskill break down the film's mental health depictions, how...
Righteous Gemstones & Megachurch Culture Danny McBride’s latest HBO creation, The Righteous Gemstones, is a satirical take on a Southern megachurch, following the dysfunctional lives of the Gemstone family.  Megachurches and televangelism can vary in regard to delivering their spiritual messages. While some megachurches give more robust sermons leaning heavy on scripture, others are more feel-good, motivational messages—like spiritual fast food. So,...
The Psychology of Brad Pitt Brad Pitt’s latest movie, Ad Astra, follows his character on a space mission to remedy a cosmic threat to all human life, as well as to search for his missing father. Similarly, the famed Hollywood actor has been dealing with some major life changes following his divorce and separation from his ex-wife Angelina Jolie.  In today’s episode,...
The latest J.Lo movie, Hustlers, has been killing it at the box office, so we were inspired to have a discussion about the psychology of Jennifer Lopez.
The Psychology of Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez is a modern-day Hollywood icon. Her latest movie, Hustlers, has been killing it at the box office, so we were inspired to have a discussion about the psychology of Jennifer Lopez, and her long and impressive career in Hollywood. As wrong as it is, at 50 years old, most Hollywood actresses struggle to find roles,...
The Psychology of Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of The Joker in the upcoming film is bringing talks of Oscar buzz. The Joker’s complex characteristics have us wanting to dive deeper into a psychological look at Joaquin Phoenix, including a rocky childhood, his traumatic loss of his brother, and how these events have shaped his acting career and new life...
Our pets can do wonders for our mental health, so it's no surprise that emotional support animals are growing in popularity.
Are Emotional Support Animals Encouraging Dependent Behavior? Pets can do wonders for our mental health, so it's no surprise that emotional support animals are growing in popularity. In increasingly stressful times, the increased use of emotional support animals says a lot about our culture's coping skills and techniques. On today's episode, we're discussing how emotional support animals highlight the psychological concept...

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