Freudian Scripts

Freudian Scripts

The podcast where Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran put your favorite TV shows and movies on the couch and analyze the way psychology is portrayed on our screens

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September 9, 2022 40 min

Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran bring back The Flight Attendant for a Booster Mini-Session this week!

When we first evaluated The Flight Attendant, we reviewed Cassie’s relationships as well as alcohol use disorder and acute stress disorder. This time around, the doctors dive into treatments for alcohol use disorder including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). They discuss some of the scenes in which Cassie participates in the 12 steps of AA as well ...

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Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran join TOPGUN this week! With this new Reel Rounds Mini-Session, we are ’rounding’ on the Top Gun movies.

First, the doctors introduce a new type of psychology, Personality Psychology, and define various personality traits. Then they review personality traits and skills presented in research about military pilots. Do any of these seem to match up with what we see in the pilots from the Top Gun movies? Do all figh...

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Please fasten your seatbelts and return your tray table to its full upright and locked position. Join Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran as they put season one of HBO’s The Flight Attendant on their couch!  In this session, the doctors evaluate Cassie. As you may imagine, there is plenty to assess and talk about after she wakes up next to a dead man. They introduce a new stressor-related disorder and play Diagnosis Bingo in order to best under...

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Dear Freudian Scripters, This podcast session is going to be amazing and here’s why….
Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran discuss the Broadway musical-turned-movie, Dear Evan Hansen.  The doctors review Evan’s experiences as a teen in high school, including social interactions and family dynamics. Specifically, they share information about teenage mental health discussing anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicide. What type of anxiety...

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June 30, 2022 44 min

Join Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran for a special session celebrating and reviewing the second year of the podcast.

Listen in as the doctors highlight their favorite sessions of the year, answer listener questions, and share the shows and movies they’ve been watching. You’ll also get a sneak peak at the blooper reel producer Brandon has been stashing away.

You won’t want to miss this episode!

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June 16, 2022 63 min

Join Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran as they travel to Toronto and back in time to 2002. That’s right – Disney’s Turning Red is on the couch.  The doctors are here to answer all of your burning questions. Including, what treatment is recommended to prevent a teen from turning into a giant red panda? To potentially answer this question, we provide information about emotions and emotional regulation. Much like the red panda, emotions can be b...

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Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran bring back Sex Education for a Booster Mini-Session this week!

When we first evaluated Sex Education, we reviewed the fake therapy conducted by Otis. This time around, the doctors review therapy sessions between Dr. Jean Milburn (Otis’ mother) and Aimee. They listen to Aimee discuss her trauma and chat about the portrayal of trauma in the show. Do Aimee’s descriptions of her thoughts and feelings seem in line w...

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May 5, 2022 35 min

Dear listeners, Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran bring you a new Reel Rounds Mini-Session this week! We are ’rounding’ on gossip.

First, the doctors define and provide some brief history about gossip as a communication style, including who engages in gossip, when, and some benefits. Then they listen to a clip from Bridgerton and describe the purpose of and how manipulation of those who spread gossip aids the Bridgertons. Have you ever found yo...

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Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran enjoyed being surprised by listener-submitted clips so much that they brought it back for this week’s Second Opinion mini-session! Just as someone may seek a second opinion from a doctor, some TV show and movie scenes require a second look from Drs. Sam and Fran. For this Second Opinion, Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran react to clips related to psychotherapy submitted by listeners (AKA Freudian Scripters).

The doctors lis...

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March 3, 2022 78 min

Grab your biscuits and join Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran as they travel across the pond and put Ted Lasso on the couch!   Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran introduce and discuss another new (to the pod) type of psychology — sports psychology. What exactly do sports psychologists do? Can they cure the yips? And can Dr. Sharon help AFC Richmond have a winning season and get promoted? We examine all of that and even briefly move beyond Richmond to dis...

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In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran analyze a psychology focused romantic comedy. Join as we review social psychology and things that couples may face when juggling career decisions and a relationship.
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This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran are surprised with clips from listeners for a new Second Opinion. We listen to new, therapy-related clips and react in real time with this mini-session featuring scenes from Portlandia and What About Bob?
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December 23, 2021 62 min
Join Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran to discuss a holiday favorite this session. They dive into a range of topics including adoption, delusions, and positive psychology. Don't be a "Cotton-Headed Ninny Muggin," listen to this holiday session! 
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This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran present a Reel Rounds mini-session focused on why people love Hallmark holiday movies. We discuss why these movies are so predictable yet so enjoyable. Is it all about the Christmas spirit?
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November 25, 2021 28 min
This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran introduce a new holiday-themed Second Opinion. We surprise each other with clips related to holiday family conflict, while reacting and sharing our thoughts on the spot. This Second Opinion features scenes from Instant Family and Four Christmases.
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November 11, 2021 71 min
We promise it's completely normal to feel excitement about the release of a new session. This week, Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran discuss health psychology and critique the therapy portrayal of a psychologist-in-training.
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October 29, 2021 73 min
Dr. Sam & Dr. Fran are ready to tell you their secret. Join them as they break down one of the spookiest & most twisted tales in cinematic history.
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This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran present a Reel Rounds mini-session focused on the psychology behind scary movies. We discuss what horror films are as well as why we like them and who may find them the most enjoyable.
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September 30, 2021 32 min
This week Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran present a Reel Rounds mini-session focused on the portrayal of fake therapists in movies. We share and critique clips of fake therapy in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Central Intelligence.
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Dr. Sam and Dr. Fran are back this week with a full session covering a detailed therapy portrayal on a popular HBO show.
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