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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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South Park and the Innovation of Loneliness

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

I recently came across the video, The Innovation of Loneliness, by Shimi Cohen, which explores how loneliness continues to run rampant in Western culture despite the seemingly infinite technological means we now have for social connection. 

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The Walking Dead and Uncertainty

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

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(Spoilers ahead!)

AMC’s The Walking Dead, now in its fourth season, is a television drama based on the comic book series bearing the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. Set in the state of Georgia, the show follows Rick Grimes

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New Girl and Primary Emotions

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

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On the Fox sitcom, New Girl (now in its third season), three guys (Nick, Schmidt, and Winston) get a new roommate, Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel, and the comedic antics ensue. 

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Breaking Bad and the Psychology of Evil: Part 2

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

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Continuing from my previous post on the evolution of Walter White’s evil persona…

Two of the most prominent historical studies of good people committing bad things are Zimbardo’s Stanford prison experiment in 1971, and social psychologist, Stanley Milgram, Ph.D.’s 1963 experiment on obedience to authority figures.

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