5 TV Characters Distracting Themselves

By Brian Kong Psy.D., C.Psych.

A recent study conducted by Timothy Wilson, Ph.D., of the University of Virginia, looked at our ability to occupy ourselves with our own thoughts as opposed to the plethora of modern technological options we tend to entertain ourselves with.

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3 Movies That Use The 10% Myth

By Brian Kong Psy.D., C.Psych.

Lucy, which debuts July 25, follows the protagonist (Scarlett Johansson) who – through the marvels of modern science – gains  access to much more of her brain’s capacity, beyond the “normal 10%.”

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True Detective & The Search For Meaning

By Brian Kong Psy.D., C.Psych.

**spoilers ahead**

One of the highest-acclaimed TV shows of 2014 was HBO’s True Detective, starring Woody Harrelson as Marty Hart and Matthew Mcconaughey as Rust Cohle. The show centers on the interrogation of the two detectives regarding a macabre murder case they investigated together several years ago.

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Amy Schumer & Therapy

By Brian Kong Psy.D., C.Psych.

Consistent with Pete Holmes is the Worst Therapist, therapy continues to be used as a set-up to comedically absurd outcomes.

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Pete Holmes Is The Worst Therapist

By Brian Kong Psy.D., C.Psych.

On his podcast, comedian and now talk-show host, Pete Holmes, openly advocates therapy and frequently endorses his own therapist.

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Community and Selective Attention

By Brian Kong Psy.D., C.Psych.

Due to its limited processing capacity, the human brain cannot attend to the vast amount of sensory input in our surrounding environment all at once.

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Jeff Who Lives at Home and Behavioral Activation

By Brian Kong Psy.D., C.Psych.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a film written and directed by the Duplass Brothers, set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, about – you guessed it – Jeff (played by Jason Segel), who lives at home. 

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3 Characters Who Should Have Let It Go

By Brian Kong Psy.D., C.Psych.

Amid life’s many challenges, it can be hard to discern between which to persevere through and which to let go of. 

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A Comedic Analogy about Relationships

By Brian Kong Psy.D., C.Psych.

Recently I came across a previous episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast where he spoke with prolific stand-up comedian, Brian Regan.  As I was listening to Regan talk about his some of his first stand-up comedy performances, the following anecdote stood out to me:

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The Value of Perspective

By Brian Kong Psy.D., C.Psych.

Perspective is often cited within therapy as a useful tool in facilitating insight, understanding self-and-other, and coping with various situations. 

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