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Psychotherapists Kelsey Fyffe and Alexa Shank combine their love of pop culture and mental health to create the Psyched Podcast. In addition to analyzing both real and fictional figures from pop culture, they share some of the lesser-known and more bizarre aspects of the field of psychology. Join them for entertaining conversation and inspired cocktail recipes.

Psychotherapists Kelsey Fyffe and Alexa Shank combine their love of pop culture and mental health to create the Psyched Podcast. In addition to analyzing both real and fictional figures from pop culture, they share some of the lesser-known and more bizarre aspects of the field of psychology. Join them for entertaining conversation and inspired cocktail recipes.
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Psychotherapists Kelsey Fyffe and Alexa Shank combine their love of pop culture and mental health to create the Psyched Podcast. In addition to analyzing both real and fictional figures from pop culture, they share some of the lesser-known and more bizarre aspects of the field of psychology. Join them for entertaining conversation and inspired cocktail recipes.

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English


Episodes

16. Mini: Cult mind control and how to avoid it

9/12/2019
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Most people think they’re too smart to ever be tricked into joining a cult. The reality is, through the use of basic psychological techniques, everyone is vulnerable to mind control. You’ll learn how to determine if you’re being targeted for recruitment and how to put a stop to it. References: Hassan, Steven. Combating Cult Mind Control: The Guide to Protection, Rescue and Recovery from Destructive Cults (p. 279). Freedom of Mind Press. Kindle Edition. How to leave and recovery from a...

Duration:00:18:58

15. The far right radicalization of Severus Snape

9/9/2019
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He’s not just the grumpy potions master from Harry Potter. We’ll examine how his traumatic upbringing, and lonely adolescence, contributed to his eventual involvement in the Nazi group of the wizarding world. References: Copland, S. (2019, May 1). How do you prevent extremism? Retrieved August 1, 2019, from http://www.bbc.com/future/story/ 20190501-how-do-you-prevent-extremism First Wizarding War. (n.d.). Retrieved August 1, 2019, from https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/FirstWizardingWar...

Duration:00:43:29

14. Mini: Everything you know about the Stanford Prison Experiment is wrong

9/5/2019
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You might have heard about the significant effects of this study. But have you heard the REAL story? Kelsey exposes the sinister truth behind one of the most famous research experiments in the field of psychology. References: Blum, B. (2018, June 7). The lifespan of a lie. Retrieved August 1, 2019, from https://medium.com/s/trustissues/the-lifespan-of-a-lie-d869212b1f62 Cockrell, C. (2015, July 8). Professor Emerita Christina Maslach recalls famous prison study, now a movie. Retrieved August...

Duration:00:22:06

13. Gordon Gekko and white collar crime on Wall Street

9/2/2019
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What compels confident, successful, and wealthy businessmen to commit white collar crimes? Is it really as simple as greed? We’ll examine the factors that could have shaped the infamous corporate raider and led to his eventual criminal transgressions. References: Alalehto, T., & Azarian, R. (2018). When white collar criminals turn to fatal violence: The impact of narcissism and psychopathy. Journal of Investigative Psychology & Offender Profiling, 15(2), 215–226....

Duration:00:47:33

12. Mini: Cotard Syndrome: The real walking dead

8/29/2019
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The Walking Dead isn’t just a great tv show, but in fact a terrifying delusional disorder known as Cotard’s Syndrome. We’ll discuss causes, cures, and even a case where someone actually died from it. Cotard delusion. (n.d.). Retrieved July 30, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Cotard_delusion Griffiths, M. D. (2014, October 17). Dead strange: A beginner's guide to Cotard's Syndrome [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-excess/201410/dead-strange...

Duration:00:16:22

11. Zelda Fitzgerald and her limelight stealing husband

8/26/2019
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You’re probably familiar with her husband F. Scott’s writing, but did you know he actually took a lot of his material from Zelda? We’ll take a closer look at the “First American Flapper,” how she shaped the literary world, and how she was ultimately overcome by her mental illness. References: Dean, E. M. (2017, January 27). The myth of Zelda Fitzgerald. Retrieved August 1, 2019, from https://www.theringer.com/2017/1/27/16042476/ zelda-fitzgerald-z-amazon-feminist-icon-af1d7350e123...

Duration:00:48:22

10. Mini: The Psychology of Celebrity Stalking

8/22/2019
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At what point does an admirer cross the line from fan to stalker? We’ll take a look at the three most prevalent types of celebrity stalking and the traits displayed by these extreme devotees. References: Celebrity worship syndrome. (n.d.). Retrieved July 31, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrityworshipsyndrome Davis, J. A. (2016, June 14). Stalking crimes and victim protection [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/...

Duration:00:23:46

9. Karen Carpenter and the deadly impact of parental favoritism

8/19/2019
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She’s often considered to have one of the most unique singing voices in the history of pop music. But, she considered herself to be “just a drummer who sang.” We explore the excitement of her musical career along with the darkness underneath that eventually contributed to Karen’s untimely death at age 32. References: Barrett Singer, A. T., & Weinstein, R. S. (2000). Differential parental treatment predicts achievement and self-perceptions in two cultural contexts. Journal of Family...

Duration:00:51:01

8. Mini: Phrenology - The pseudoscience of skull bumps

8/15/2019
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Ever wondered if your brain or the shape of your head made any difference in how smart or talented you are? An entire “science” was created around this idea and became all the rage in the Victorian Era. We’ll explore the lasting impact that measuring bumps on people’s heads had on the fields of psychology and psychiatry. References: Cooter, R. (1976). Phrenology and British Alienists, c.1825–1845. Part II: Doctrine and Practice. Medical History, 20(2), 135-151. doi:10.1017/S0025727300022195...

Duration:00:21:58

7. The K-Pop industry is bananas

8/12/2019
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You may have heard their upbeat music, or seen their precision choreography, but do you know the dark side of the Korean Pop industry? Listen as we reveal the rigorous training, and overwhelming fan base below the surface of these squeaky-clean musical groups. References: Brackett, C. (n.d.). The dark side of the K-pop industry and idol groups. Retrieved from https://www.ranker.com/list/ dark-facts-about-the-kpop-industry/crystal-brackett Chua, J. (2017, January 27). The extremes that...

Duration:00:54:44

6. Mini: Psychopaths and Sociopaths are the same thing

8/3/2019
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These two terms are used a lot in today’s culture to describe criminal or manipulative behaviors. Though some researchers try to delineate between the two, both terms refer to the same spectrum of behavior. We dispel commonly held beliefs and dive into the accuracy of these terms. References: History of psychopathy. (n.d.). Retrieved July 31, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historyofpsychopathy Lilienfield, S. O., & Arkowitz, H. (2007, December 1). What "psychopath" means....

Duration:00:15:21

5. Blanche Dubois and a streetcar named delusion

8/2/2019
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Everyone loves to talk about STELLLAAAAAAA!!! But we’re exploring the life of her more melodramatic older sister Blanche. We peel back the veneer of social snobbery, purity and innocence in this character from A Streetcar Named Desire, to expose the lies, promiscuity, and tragedy beneath the façade of the fading southern belle. References: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951 Film). (n.d.). Retrieved July 30, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AStreetcarNamedDesire(1951_film) Cliffs Notes....

Duration:00:28:09

4. Mini: Rotation Therapy - Effective treatment or nauseating torture?

8/1/2019
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Psychology and Psychiatry have had a pretty disturbing history when it comes to therapeutic treatments. You’ve probably heard about shock therapy or lobotomies, but you probably haven’t heard of rotation therapy. Calming or alarming? You be the judge of this treatment’s effects. References Dickson, S. (2018). Rotation therapy for maniacs, melancholics and idiots: theory, practice and perception in European medical and literary case histories. History of Psychiatry, 29(1), 22–37....

Duration:00:13:26

3. Kilgrave: Is he really a psychopath?

7/31/2019
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What if you could make people do whatever you wanted them to by simply giving them a command? We discuss the main villain from the series Jessica Jones and how the development of his abilities impacted his mental state. References: Dargis, M., Newman, J., & Koenigs, M. (2016). Clarifying the link between childhood abuse history and psychopathic traits in adult criminal offenders. Personality disorders, 7(3), 221–228. doi:10.1037/per0000147 Jessica Jones [Television program]. (n.d.). Scotts...

Duration:00:43:51

2. Mini: Koro - the penis panic that swept the nation (just not ours)

7/30/2019
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Penis panic has been baffling doctors for centuries. We examine this mass hysteria and the variety of theories behind its emergence. References: Davis, J. (2016, January 29). 6 'Penis panics' around the world. Retrieved July 31, 2019, from http://mentalfloss.com/article/72227/ 6-penis-panics-around-world Koro (medicine). (n.d.). Retrieved July 31, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Koro_(medicine)

Duration:00:17:05

1. Winona Ryder: Is she actually crazy?

7/29/2019
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You’ve heard the rumors about her, you’ve seen her Hollywood comeback, but do you know her real story? She’s an academy award nominated actress, yet she’s most often remembered for her petite size and her criminal record. We’ll discuss Winona Ryder and how her history of being a cult member and getting bullied shaped the Stranger Things star’s life and career. References: Goodwin, G. (2012, January 23). Winona Ryder's Battle with Anxiety and Depression. Retrieved July 30, 2019, from...

Duration:00:40:10