Genealogy & Me: The Psychology of Family History


Imagine: an unknown serial killer finally serving justice… with the click of a button.

While it may seem impossible, the recent findings of the Golden State Killer case prove the possibility. These findings inspired today’s discussion on the power of genealogy websites. Genealogy websites such as 23 & Me and have become a hot topic the last few years, with many people developing an interest in tracing back their lineage or DNA findings.

Today’s podcast panelists discuss the importance of DNA, identity, as well as their personal experiences using genealogy websites.

“There’s a part of me that feels that ignorance is bliss. If I just focus on normal, healthy living and I’m content letting life run its course. Maybe I do have some genetic risk, but I’m pretty happy not knowing that.”

–Jonathan Hetterly, LPC

Being Human

In our Being Human segment, the Shrink Tank Podcast panelists discuss everyone’s favorite hobby: napping and teenage learning.

In a study funded by the Institute of Health, researchers are studying mid-day napping, nighttime sleep duration, and sleep quality. These studies are studying specifically how it may aid teens and learning. In China, time for napping is built into the post-lunch schedule for many adults in work settings but also students in school. Our panel of Shrinks unpack this study’s results and discuss their thoughts.

Read the study that inspired our discussion here.

Doctor’s Orders

In our Doctor’s Orders segment, the Shrinks talk products and other things they are personally enjoying in pop culture.

The Chef’s Table on Netflix

Dr. Emma Kate Wright’s recommendation for the week is the Netflix show, The Chef’s TableStream it here.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Dr. Frank Gaskill’s recommendation for the week is In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. The novel is the true accounting of the white bull-whale that attacked the Essex in the Pacific. Purchase your copy here.

Speak your Mind!

Let us hear you! Your input could even be featured on the next episode of the Shrink Tank Podcast. Comment below or send us your thoughts to

Need a longer session with the Shrinks? Check out our last episode here.



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