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The Shrink Tank Podcast serves to enrich your pop culture experience through the fascinating lens of psychology. Get your weekly dose of pop culture from a therapists’ perspective on Shrink Tank Podcast with Dr. Dave Verhaagen, Dr. Frank Gaskill, Dr. Emma Kate Wright, and Jonathan Hetterly, LPC.

The Shrink Tank Podcast serves to enrich your pop culture experience through the fascinating lens of psychology. Get your weekly dose of pop culture from a therapists’ perspective on Shrink Tank Podcast with Dr. Dave Verhaagen, Dr. Frank Gaskill, Dr. Emma Kate Wright, and Jonathan Hetterly, LPC.
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The Shrink Tank Podcast serves to enrich your pop culture experience through the fascinating lens of psychology. Get your weekly dose of pop culture from a therapists’ perspective on Shrink Tank Podcast with Dr. Dave Verhaagen, Dr. Frank Gaskill, Dr. Emma Kate Wright, and Jonathan Hetterly, LPC.

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Episodes

Effects of Violent Video Games: What We Know, and What We Don’t

7/13/2018
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With video games like Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Overwatch, Half-Life, Battlefront, Portal, Far Cry, Halo, Fortnite, and other violent first-person shooter games being continuously welcomed into households and absorbed by minds young and old across the country, you can’t help but question whether these games and other video game violence are contributing to […]

Duration:00:49:10

Wave of Women in Hollywood

7/6/2018
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Following the opening of Incredibles 2, Ocean’s 8, and other female-led films, we have noticed a wave of women in the entertainment industry. Could this be highlighting a true atmospheric change in Hollywood? In this episode, our panel of Shrinks is joined by special guest, Elise Howell, LCPA as they share their thoughts on current trends regarding […]

Duration:00:31:19

Celebrity Suicides: Where to Go From Here

6/29/2018
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Celebrity suicides are not a new phenomenon in American culture by any means, but recent events have triggered an explosion of awareness and concern about mental health, depression, and suicide ideation among the famous, as well as the general population. With Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain both having ended their lives this past month, fans […]

Duration:00:30:27

Live from Heroes Con 2018: Psychology of Westworld

6/22/2018
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Join our panel of Shrinks for a special edition of the Shrink Tank Podcast, recorded live from Heroes Con 2018! In a special live panel event, our panel of Shrinks discuss the psychology of Westworld: the bicameral mind, what it means to be human, consciousness, as well as creator versus creation. For all of our […]

Duration:00:51:43

In Trump We Trust: The White Evangelical Dichotomy

6/15/2018
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Amid today’s tumultuous and polarizing political climate, our resident Shrinks delve into the psychology behind the trends of support among Christian and Evangelical demographics. Using their respective spiritual backgrounds to tease out the nuances of political beliefs intersectionally, our panelists examine the changes in religious and conservative ideology across time which brought us to the […]

Duration:00:32:56

’13 Reasons Why’ Season Two: Tactful or Triggering?

6/8/2018
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13 Reasons Why is back for season two and our panel of Shrinks are discussing their thoughts. The beloved high school drama is still garnering a lot of media attention due to its controversial topics of teen suicide, sexual assault, drug use and bullying. Today’s podcast features our panel of Shrinks discussing the controversial high […]

Duration:00:30:03

What Adult Cartoons Say About Pop Culture

6/1/2018
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Shows like Rick & Morty, Big Mouth and Bob’s Burgers have captured our hearts with hilarious comedy, scandalous jokes and outlandish plotlines. Adult cartoons have a way of pushing the limit on topics in pop culture, so why is that? Today’s podcast features our panel of Shrinks discussing shows like Rick & Morty, Bob’s Burgers, […]

Duration:00:27:30

Fortnite Phenomenon: Shrinks Discuss 2018’s Viral Video Game

5/25/2018
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Fortnite has taken the gaming world by storm. If you haven’t heard of it, Fortnite is a co-op sandbox survival game developed by Epic Games. Today’s podcast features our panel of Shrinks discussing the psychology behind the craze of the game. “I feel like the culture within the [Fortnite] community is a really positive environment.” […]

Duration:00:32:43

Royal Mania: Why Are We so Captivated by the Royal Wedding?

5/18/2018
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The Royal Wedding is this weekend and it’s safe to say that the whole world is tuning in. That said, why are we so captivated with the upcoming nuptials between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry? Today’s podcast features our panel of Shrinks discussing the psychology behind the world-wide obsession with the Royal Wedding. “I think […]

Duration:00:32:11

Genealogy & Me: The Psychology of Family History

5/11/2018
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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...

Duration:00:30:35

The Psychology of Kanye West

5/4/2018
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Kanye West is not a topic we’ve shied away from in the past. Our contributor Dr. Rachel Kitson wrote her take on the “Psychology of Kanye West” back in 2016 and it’s been a top-grossing post ever since. So, what’s going on in Kanye’s head?...

Duration:00:34:51

‘The Avengers: Infinity War’: Superhero Psychology

4/27/2018
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The Avengers: Infinity War is the latest release from the Marvel universe. Today’s episode covers hopes for the movie, predictions on characters and plotlines, and the psychological behaviors behind our favorite characters. Listen in as our panel of Shrinks discusses today’s trending topic, The Avengers: Infinity War. “I...

Duration:00:28:23

Westworld: What Does It Mean to Be Human?

4/20/2018
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HBO’s hit Westworld is returning for season two and our Shrinks are ready for it. Today’s episode covers hopes for the season, discussions on advancing technology, consciousness, morality, and the influence of affluence. Westworld showcases an adult amusement park where rich vacationers can act...

Duration:00:32:08

Ep. 121 Pop Culture Pet Peeves

4/13/2018
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Everybody needs to vent, even Shrinks. We’re using today’s episode to let our Shrinks talk about what really gets under their skin. Today’s podcast episode is centered around our panelists ‘pop culture pet peeves.’ From the overused ‘Damsel in Distress’ trope in movies to certain...

Duration:00:33:58

Ep. 120 ‘Ready Player One’ Celebrates Video Games in an Otherwise Polarized Culture

3/29/2018
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Ready Player One is a pop culture lover’s dream. Today’s podcast episode is centered around the book-to-movie adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg. With the movie’s recent release, the Shrinks discuss their memories of the book and hopes for the adaptation while also opening a...

Duration:00:30:45

Ep. 119 “The Parkland Generation”

3/21/2018
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March For Our Lives is a national movement inspired by the surviving students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that occurred one month ago in Parkland, Florida. Today’s episode discusses the impact that these surviving students of Parkland are having on our...

Duration:00:36:09

Ep. 118 Psychology of Chris Rock

3/15/2018
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While Chris Rock is widely known for pushing the comedic envelope, today’s podcast discusses if his latest Netflix special, Tamborine, is on-brand or just offputting. Today’s episode discusses the psychology of Chris Rock, his commentary on social issues as well as walking the line of controversy...

Duration:00:30:20

Ep. 117 March Madness and the Psychology of LeBron James

3/8/2018
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In light of the approaching March Madness tournament, our panel of Shrinks center this episode on all things basketball. Joined by fellow Shrink Tank contributor, Tarik Sloussi, LPC, today’s episode discusses the cultural impact of March Madness as well as the psychology behind the...

Duration:00:35:11

Ep. 116 Psychologists Discuss The Oscars

3/1/2018
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Are The Oscars still relevant? In light of the upcoming award show, our panel of Shrinks discuss this heated debate, their predictions for Best Picture and their thoughts on the chosen nominees. With an emphasis on the differing opinions on Best Picture nominee Three Billboards Outside...

Duration:00:31:44

Ep. 115 The Psychology of Black Panther

2/22/2018
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Marvel’s latest superhero movie, Black Panther has become an instant success at the box office. Our usual panel of Shrinks are joined by fellow mental health professional and Shrink Tank contributor, Bea Moise. The discussion revolves around their thoughts of the film, the cultural impact of this...

Duration:00:34:07