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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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Rocketman is a Colorful Insight into the Psychology of Elton John

6/14/2019
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In the latest musical biopic, Rocketman, audiences are taken through the rise, fall, and subsequent rise again of Elton John (Taron Egerton). In this week’s podcast episode, our panel of Shrinks is analyzing the film’s psychology, including its portrayal of substance abuse, addiction, and seeking treatment. Listen in below or anywhere you find podcasts. That’s […]

Duration:00:35:00

What’s With All the Disney Live-Action Remakes? Psychology Explains.

6/7/2019
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With the surge of Disney live action films, we’re discussing the psychology behind the trend of remakes. Is it a lazy money-grab? An act of nostalgia? A chance to re-define outdated tropes? Our panel of Shrinks discuss this and more in this week’s episode. Listen in below or anywhere you find podcasts. these remakes are […]

Duration:00:32:42

Run, Hide, Fight: The Psychology of School Shootings

5/24/2019
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With the sudden increase in school shootings, our panel of Shrinks is discussing the psychology of school shootings, including the impact of active shooter trainings on mental health, gun control, and our culture’s changing response to this event. Listen in below or anywhere you find podcasts. the fact that kids are feeling like they have […]

Duration:00:34:12

A Psychological Perspective of Howard Stern

5/17/2019
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Following the release of Howard Stern’s autobiography, Howard Stern Comes Again, our panel is discussing the psychology of the radio superstar. Howard Stern’s iconic career is marked by his personal transformation through therapy. Listen in to our panel of Shrinks discuss the psychology behind Howard Stern. Tune in below or anywhere you find podcasts. the depth of […]

Duration:00:34:12

The Psychology of Keanu Reeves

5/10/2019
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Keanu Reeves is a household name in Hollywood, but not for the typical reasons of the famous lifestyle. Ahead of the release of John Wick 3, our panel of Shrinks are discussing the psychology of the actor, his career, past trauma, resilience, and post-traumatic growth. Our panel of Shrinks is analyzing the psychological makeup of […]

Duration:00:27:52

Psychology Behind Avengers: Endgame

5/3/2019
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Avengers: Endgame is a metaphor for coping with major life changes and loss. We’re only going to solve the world’s problems if we find a way to put aside our own traumas and differences. Our panel of Shrinks is discussing the elements of failure, group dynamics, resiliency, grit, cultural uproar and dissatisfaction, and trauma. Listen […]

Duration:00:43:21

The Psychology of the Tech Titans of our Generation

4/26/2019
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Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos are some of the powerhouse names that come to mind when you think of this generations industry of Tech Titans. Are these individuals the modern-day Vanderbilts, Carnegies and Rockefellers? Our panel of Shrinks is discussing the psychology behind these individuals, and their path to success. Listen in below […]

Duration:00:34:26

Anti-Science Movement: The Psychology Behind the Deadly Trend

4/19/2019
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With the rise of anti-vaxxers and flat-earthers, it’s apparent that there is a current trend in our society to be anti-science. Our panel of Shrinks is discussing the idea of cognitive dissonance, the role of media, confirmation bias, and how social media has intensified the element of groupthink. Listen in below or anywhere you find […]

Duration:00:33:04

In Game of Thrones is it Adaptive to be a Psychopath? Therapists Answer.

4/12/2019
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Game of Thrones is a world completely ruled by corrupt power. How do you make it by? Our panel of Shrinks unpack the psychological elements of GoT, such as psychopathy, attachment, trust and vulnerability. Listen in below or anywhere you find podcasts. if you think historically, love and self-actualization are not universal elements that have […]

Duration:00:32:49

Jordan Peele’s Us: Therapists Analyze Duality, Division, and Classism

4/5/2019
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Jordan Peele’s latest thriller Us is rich with psychology. Our panel of Shrinks unpack the film’s motifs, themes, and discuss: how do we rectify the things that we like and dislike about ourselves? Listen in below or anywhere you find podcasts. we all have this dark side to who we are. – Dr. Emma Kate Wright […]

Duration:00:34:14

How the Jussie Smollett Case Exposes the Erosion of Trust in Media

3/29/2019
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Editor’s note: This podcast was recorded prior to the news of the Jussie Smollett charges being dropped. Is biased media impacting the way people receive and accept information? Today’s podcast is discussing the psychology of liberal media bias. On the heels of the Jussie Smollett scandal as well as the Covington high school student, our […]

Duration:00:31:42

College Admissions Scandal: The Psychology of Privilege

3/22/2019
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Earlier this month, news broke of one of the biggest college admissions scandal in history. These wealthy and privileged families buy their children’s way into elite schools including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford universities. Chief executives and even Hollywood actresses (Lori Laughlin, Felicity Huffman) are among the list of those being charged. On this episode, our […]

Duration:00:42:33

Who Do You Believe? ‘Leaving Neverland’ & the Psychology of Trauma

3/15/2019
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Leaving Neverland explores how two men dealt with the trauma of their sexual abuse from Michael Jackson. While our previous podcast explored the psychology of Michael Jackson, this episode will be looking at the accusers (Wade Robson and James Safechuck), the psychology of trauma, and the documentary itself. Listen in below or anywhere you find […]

Duration:00:47:40

Leaving Neverland: The Psychology of Michael Jackson

3/8/2019
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HBO’s Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, uncovers the stories of two men who claim to be sexually abused by the pop star and how they came to terms with it years later. In today’s episode, our panel of Shrinks are discussing Michael Jackson’s own childhood and celebrity, his arrested development and personality formation, the culture […]

Duration:00:37:36

Pete Davidson & John Mulaney: The Psychology of Bromance

3/1/2019
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Pete Davidson and John Mulaney’s blossoming bromance intrigues us—but doesn’t surprise us based on their individual struggles and successes. Our panel of Shrinks is discussing the many layers of the famously funny duo. To hear the psychological perspective behind Pete Davidson’s diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, John Mulaney’s history of alcoholism, and their mentorship-like relationship, […]

Duration:00:34:57

Fyre Festival Failure: The Price of FOMO

2/22/2019
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Known as ‘the greatest party that never happened,’ the failed luxury music festival inspired documentaries on both Netflix and Hulu that are on everyone’s must-watch list. Our panel of Shrinks is discussing the psychology of the Fyre Festival founder and documentary villain, Billy McFarland, the role of FOMO (or scarcity mindset), and the power of […]

Duration:00:33:06

Are the Oscars Dead? The Cultural Impact of the Academy

2/15/2019
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Kevin Hart’s recent Oscars controversy is just a small snapshot of a larger dilemma that the Academy Awards finds itself in. With so many award shows in Hollywood, it’s as if the oversaturation of celebrating and rewarding film has somewhat diminished the viewer experience. Our panel of Shrinks are discussing the relevance of The Oscars, […]

Duration:00:25:34

What is the Psychological Impact of Porn?

2/8/2019
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Could being exposed to pornography at an earlier age drastically impact the development of an individual? In honor of Valentine’s Day, our panel of Shrinks is discussing the psychological impact of porn in today’s culture. Listen in below or anywhere you find podcasts. Our culture is terrified of discussing sex. – Dr. Emma Kate Wright Being Human In […]

Duration:00:30:52

Do New Years Resolutions Actually Work? New Years Challenge Update

2/1/2019
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At the beginning of 2019, our panel of Shrinks challenged one another to complete 1-month challenges to fix some of their worst habits. So, how did they do? Listen in to this special edition of the Shrink Tank Podcast for their update! Listen in below or anywhere you find podcasts. Watch our Podcast on YouTube! […]

Duration:00:32:03

The Psychology of “Callout Culture”

1/25/2019
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The “Callout Culture” of the present is our term for the consistent culture of being overly critical or petty about the decisions of others. That said, is it fair to put current cultural standards on past behaviors? Or do higher societal standards require more accountability? Some of the latest examples of pop culture figures being […]

Duration:00:31:21