Ep 335: Conspiracy Theories – Why So Easy To Believe?

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Why Do We Believe In Conspiracy Theories?

Why do some conspiracy theories seem to have so much evidence to support them? Well, that’s because if you look hard enough at any event, and you don’t have any particular theory before you start looking, you’re eventually going to find something. And you’ll probably think that thing is AMAZING. This is what careful thinkers and researchers have to learn: if … Read More

Ep 301: Hatred and Violence in America: It’s Not About Mental Illness

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Significance Quest Theory

There are too many knee-jerk, brief (and incorrect) explanations for why the US is experiencing such a rise in hatred and violence. Claiming that violent perpetrators are “mentally ill” is wrong. We have research and we understand the dangerous path that some young men get involved in and which ultimately leads them to violence. The right answers are more subtle, … Read More

Ep 319: Forensic Psychology – An Interview with Dr. Susan Lewis

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Forensic Psychiatry: What is it Really Like?

It seems like there’s no end to TV shows about criminals who have various psychiatric disorders. It’s understandable that we find them fascinating, but how accurate are they? What is it really like to work with individuals who are convicted of serious crimes but who are unquestionably suffering from a mental illness? If you’re interested in these questions or are … Read More

Ep 316: Motivational Interviewing and the TV Show Columbo

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Psychology of TV Show Columbo

Hopefully you’ve watched the TV show Columbo. Curious about what this character has to do with psychology? You’d be surprised. In this episode I analyze Columbo in terms of the psychological technique called motivational interviewing. I also take a look at the criminal lineup scene in the Jennifer Garner movie, “Peppermint“. I also explain why you remember how to ride … Read More

Ep 314: Trauma Recovery with Dr. Matt Jaremko

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Matt Jaremko Tramua Recovery

If you’re suffering from the effects of a trauma in your life or know someone who is, then listen to Dr. Matt Jaremko talk about his new book with Beth Fehlbaum called Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt. Dr. Jaremko’s approach to therapy with trauma victims is straightforward and respectful. It’s about helping survivors get their confidence back and move … Read More

Ep 312: Owning Bipolar: A Conversation with Michael Pipich

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Owning Bipolar Pipich

Bipolar (previously known as “manic depression”) is often a difficult disorder to diagnose, much less to live with. If you have been diagnosed with bipolar or know someone who has, this episode is for you. Michael Pipich brings his 30 years of experience together in his new book, Owning Bipolar. In part 1 of my interview with him, we discuss … Read More

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