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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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The State of Stand-Up Comedy

10/12/2018
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Stand-up comedy is one of the most beloved forms of entertainment, and it’s easy to see why. The culture of comedy reiterates numerous psychological concepts—by reducing the stigma on unconventional subjects, encouraging new perspectives and even showcasing the power of collective experiences. This week our panel of Shrinks will be discussing the evolution of stand-up […]

Duration:00:26:17

What Gives? Analyzing Double Standards in Pop Culture

10/5/2018
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Double standards exist everywhere, especially in pop culture. Today’s discussion revolves around some of the examples of this in recent times. Using the recent controversy surrounding Serena Williams as a springboard, our panel discusses the double standards between men and women in pop culture. Our panel of Shrinks are discussing what this says of our […]

Duration:00:33:04

Mac Miller, Demi Lovato, & the Culture of Addiction in Hollywood

9/28/2018
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Addiction in Hollywood is a prominent part of the entertainment industry. In fact, addiction is everywhere. It’s uncommon to find someone who doesn’t have a connection to addiction, somehow—even if it’s with the celebrities that we follow. In this episode, our Shrinks discuss the public displays of drug addiction in Hollywood. From the recent death of Mac […]

Duration:00:31:06

What Makes Us So Obsessed with Natural Disasters? The Psychology Behind the Fascination

9/21/2018
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Fresh on the heels of Hurricane Florence, our panel of Shrinks are discussing the psychology of natural disasters. In this episode, our Shrinks discuss the public interest of disaster coverage in the media, a voyeuristic nature of watching others, and trauma that ensues after natural disasters. “Every now and then the world reminds us […]

Duration:00:30:37

The Psychology of Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’

9/14/2018
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Upcoming films Boy Erased and Miseducation of Cameron Post are spotlighting the important topic of gay “conversion therapy.” Gay “conversion therapy” is also known as the attempt to alter the gender expression and/or sexual orientation of individuals within the LGBTQ community. In this episode, our Shrinks discuss the damaging effects these practices have on an individual’s identity, self-esteem […]

Duration:00:28:50

Man Up: The Psychology of Masculinity Under Siege

9/7/2018
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How do you define ‘being a man’? Today’s podcast is inspired by psychologist Jordan Peterson who has had considerable traction with his book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Peterson has made the argument that masculinity equates with order and feminity equates with chaos, causing a lot of controversial response in the public […]

Duration:00:32:11

Coddled by College: The Decline of the University

8/24/2018
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Are universities these days coddling the American mind? With back to school quickly approaching, today’s podcast is inspired by the topics featured in the upcoming novel by Jonathan Haidt, titled The Coddling of the American Mind. Haidt’s work discusses the evolution and apparent decline of the University system, and the impact this has on the social, emotional, and intellectual […]

Duration:00:28:00

Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ is a Cringeworthy Masterpiece

8/17/2018
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Bo Burnham’s directorial debut, Eighth Grade, is a poignant look into coming-of-age in the digital world. It can be unsettling when you watch mundane events unfold on the big screen that evoke unbearable insecurities, worries, and sadness. You’ve been warned: the cringe factor is extremely high for Eighth Grade. RELATED: Should My Teen See […]

Duration:00:31:27

Hollywood’s ‘I Do’ Crew: The Onslaught of Sudden Celebrity Engagements

8/10/2018
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The latest trend in Hollywood: sudden engagements. From Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson to Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin to most recently Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra—numerous celebrity couples have recently become engaged. What does this say about today’s culture of romantic relationships? Our panel of Shrinks discuss. Listen here: “I’m curious if that […]

Duration:00:31:24

The Psychology of Tom Cruise

8/3/2018
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Tom Cruise is one of the most fascinating celebrities in Hollywood. His filmography covers a myriad of genres, characters, and storylines. Today’s podcast focuses Mission: Impossible — Fallout, the psychology of Tom Cruise, and his controversial history in the limelight. Listen here: “You can see how [tom cruise’s] charisma and charm on the surface can […]

Duration:00:31:43

The Psychology of Mr. Rogers

7/27/2018
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Mr. Rogers, the subject of the latest documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ was a cultural icon. Today’s podcast focuses on the impact that Fred Rogers had on the television landscape, child development, the dignity, and inclusion of all people. On the heels of the recent release of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, our panel of Shrinks are choosing to take […]

Duration:00:29:15

The Psychology of Robin Williams

7/20/2018
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The life, legacy and unfortunate death of Robin Williams has had a profound impact on our culture, the world of comedy and the entertainment industry. Today’s podcast focuses on the psychology of Robin Williams. On the heels of the recent release of HBO’s latest documentary, Come Inside My Mind, our panel of Shrinks are choosing to […]

Duration:00:32:46

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