Therapy For Black Girls: The Psychology Behind Black Panther


Lately, I’ve been listening to inspirational podcasts on spirituality and mental health and it definitely helps when stuck in the traffic jams of L.A. I will let you know about some of those podcasts in the near future.

“Therapy For Black Girls” has been one of those mental health podcasts I’ve been listening to, because well…it’s nice to hear another take on mental health in the Black community and not to mention…there’s very few Black women as therapists and psychologists, because trust me if there were I’d be at their site. But for now, listening to mental health podcasts such as “Therapy For Black Girls” serves as an additional source to therapy, self-help books and the Bible. Can’t forget my Bible.

The host for “Therapy For Black Girls”, “Dr. Joy, for the week of March 6th, had a podcast session on “The Psychology of the Black Panther”, with guest, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Parent Coach, Mercedes Samudio. The podcast I found interesting because it talked about how the “Black Panther” film, finally gave African Americans like myself a sense of pride seeing people that look like us on the silver screen taking on amazing roles and feats. And especially if you’re already a Black Nerd/Geek, like myself, it is awe-inspiring! The podcast also talked a lot about the issues I have always felt that Hollywood has failed to show with people of color…. Like seeing Black folks in a fantasy world, even if it’s in a dystopian one. I mean is Hollywood trying to say that we won’t exist in the 50 or so years??? I hope Black Panther will not be the last sci-fi/fantasy movie in the years to come, in addition to a sequel.

So I’m going to stop right here, before I ruin the rest of the podcast (because I’m very good at ruining things.  I don’t mean to, I just get excited and forget myself.), so here is the site to the podcast and the one you can listen to from the “Therapy for Black Girls” website.

Therapy For Black Girls: Session 47

Therapy For Black Girls Podcast


Superhero Therapy: The Psychology of Harry Potter

Every now and then I like to listen to uplifting, educational and/or entertaining podcasts. So let me share one I listen to—Assembly of Geeks. Well, mostly their segment, “Superhero Therapy”. Sound familiar? If not, it is coined by, Dr. Janina Scarlet author of “Superhero Therapy” and “Harry Potter Therapy”. She just started her segment last year on the Podcast, with one of the first topics on Harry Potter. I encourage you to check out the Geek Podcast. Dr. Scarlet’s segment there is very informative especially on how she ties in mental health with popular tv shows and movies like, “Stranger Things” and “Star Wars”. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Mental Health On Books (Update)

Unfortunately, I found my amazon link on mental health books on the left border side of my blog has not been working, so I replaced it with my link to Barnes and Nobel. In the future, I’m hoping to update my blog and add for instance, videos on mental health and through your purchase(s) with the links on the following books it can be a possibility! So without further ado, here are books I recommend for you to read.  These books are fun, entertaining, but most importantly educational:

A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness

Anxious in Love: How to Manage Your Anxiety, Reduce Conflict, and Reconnect with Your Partner

Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

Family Don't End with Blood: Cast and Fans on How Supernatural Has Changed Lives

Harry Potter Therapy: An Unauthorized Self-Help Book from the Restricted Section

It's Not Your Journey

Superhero Therapy: Mindfulness Skills to Help Teens and Young Adults Deal with Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma

Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled

Harry Potter Therapy

Like Harry Potter? Dealing with emotional issues? Would you LIKE to better understand mental/emotional health (topics both either overunderestimately or underestimately understood)Why not have both? “Harry Potter Therapy: An Unauthorized Self-Help Book from the Restricted Section” by Dr. Janina Scarlet delves not into the World of Harry Potter, but uses the characters and scenarios from the series to not only entertain but to help you learn how better manage your mental/emotional health. I have read her first book, “Superhero Therapy” and being someone who is familiar with such topics of mental health, she is really good at using the essence of superhero characters and villains to depict mental and emotional health concerns and issues. So, if you’d like to check out her work, especially on how she uses the world of Harry Potter to better conceptualize mental/emotional health, click the link below and you can download her book for free! Yes! I said it free. How do I know? ‘cause I also listen to her “Superhero Therapy” segment on the “Assembly of the Geeks” podcast. Which is also really good! So give it a chance I think you might like it, ESPECIALLY if you’re into Harry Potter like me!

Below is the link for the website and the download. You can download as a PDF, on your kindle or on any ebook.

Harry Potter Therapy

If you like to purchase this book, please it via this link. Proceeds go to this website.

Like Minded Magazine

Back in August, I was interviewed for the online magazine, “Like Minded Magazine” that showcases the many stories of “like minded” individuals who combat their mental illness everyday. In this issue of the magazine, I discuss of course myself, how I live with anxiety and depression,  treatment being an African American living with mental illness and of course my blog. I also provide many national and international sites for those living with mental illness.

What I like about the magazine, was it put a “face” to mental illness. Too often, society thinks that people who live mental illness are “mentally deranged” and use it to account for violence as seen on the news. However, that’s not at all true. Many of us are just as “normal” as the next person…we just happen to live with mental illness.

I was to show this last year, but I had so much things on last August, it slipped my mind. Anyways, here’s a snippet of my interview with “Like Minded Magazine”.

For more on the interview, click on the link below:

Like Minded Magazine-Interview

May The 4th Be With You

In addition to this pic, Todd Fisher, the late Carrie Fisher’s younger brother, announced in the upcoming link from people magazine online the importance on kids and their family understanding and pursuing mental health:

Carrie Fisher’s Brother Urges Kids to Get Help for Mental Illness and Learning Disorders: “Use Her As Your Role Model”

Autism is Full of Misunderstandings — Anonymously Autistic

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