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Lord of the Rings and Mental Health

Lord of the Rings and Mental Health

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My favorite movie/trilogy of ALL time!

Just so you know I’m a HUGE Lord of the Rings movie fan! I say movie, ’cause I’ve read all three books and well…the trilogy series does a VERY good job at getting to the point of the plot of the series. So, yes I’ve read the books, including the Hobbit (never got to finish it, cuz my sister took from me right when the movie came out. Jerk. Never got that book back from her.) and the Silmarillion (which is amazeballs)!

Smeagol/ Gollum have always been made fun of as the creature who is coming off strong drugs or someone who is schizophrenic, but you know something? I think he represents people with any sort of mental illness, especially those battling with depression and/or anxiety when they perform tasks and/or relate with others. The scene with Smeagol/Gollum is a perfect example of this.

Gollum/ Smeagol: We wants it. We needs it. Must have the precioussss. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitsesss. Wicked, tricksssy, falssse! No! Not Master. Yes precious. False. They will cheat you, hut you, lie.

Smeagol: Master’s my friend.

Gollum (Taunting): You don’t have any friends. Nobody likes YOU..

Smeagol: Not listening. Not listening!

Gollum: You’re a liar and a thief.

Smeagol (Shaking his head): Nope.

Gollum (Whispers): Mur…derer…!

Smeagol (Starts to cry and whimper): Go way!

Gollum (Cackles): Go away??? Hahahahaha!

Smeagol (Cries, Whispering): I hate you…I hate you.

Gollum (Fiercely): Where would you be without me? Gollum, Gollum. I saved us. It was me. We survived because of me!

Smeagol (Resolute): Not anymore.

Gollum (Surprised): What did you say?

Smeagol: Master looks after us now. We don’t need you.

Gollum: What?

Smeagol: Leave now and never come back.

Gollum: No!!!

Smeagol (Louder) Leave now and never come back!

Gollum (Bares teeth, growling): Arghhhh!

Smeagol:  LEAVE NOW AND NEVER COME BACK.

Smeagol pants and looks around for Gollum

Smeagol: We…we told him to go away! And away he goes, preciousss. [Dances around, happily] Gone, gone, gone! Smeagol is free!

Lord of the Rings: Two Towers

Written by Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, and Peter Jackson, from the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

Honestly, this scene reminds me of what goes on in my head when I encounter people, especially. I get this inner dialogue that goes on that doubts my ability to relate to others and/or for others to relate to me. Then there are days when I think I’ve pushed my anxiety aside and I’ve won…only to find out it’ll come back sometime later.

Anyways, enjoy this podcast. You will enjoy enjoy it!

Check out:

Superhero Therapy Podcast E17: Psychology of Lord of the Rings

A Precious Case from Middle Earth

Heroes of Middle Earth: J. Campbell’s Monomyth in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (1954-1955)

Man’s Search For Meaning

Othering and Diversity in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Therapy Quest

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“Choose Your Own Adventure” games are pretty new to me, especially when they are in the form of a book! And what a more cleaver way to combine RPG game style with mental health therapy! Dr. Janina Scarlet author of “Superhero Therapy” and “Harry Potter Therapy” writes “Therapy Quest: An Interactive Quest Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.” You’re spirited away to the magical land of “Here” and befriend the inhabitants of there and go on a quest to defeat the sorceress, Malena from destroying the world. With some spells, potions and a little help from your friends you go on the quest to stop her, but it up to you the hero to restore “Here” from Malena’s grasp.

I had a ton of fun with this book! There was always a suspense while reading because whatever decision I made, determined the outcome of the outlook of the quest. However inspite of the decision I made throughout the book, I’d be given ways to increase already existing good quality or trait or I’d be given ways to identify and better  handling of a negative quality. Each time you make a good decision, you recieved points. However if you made a poor decision you were deducted points. In the beginning of the book you are given 50 points start off with and the points are divided into three categories:

Courage   Inner Strength      Wisdom

The rules are simple…you gain more points you go on and gain more spells and potions. Lose points and you have start all over again. I’ve only done that once in the book at you see below:

Whenever you make a good decision you turn to a page where you learn a new spell or potion. These are in the forms of skills from ACT (Acceptence and Commitment Therapy)  which has been shown through research to help people overcome depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, addiction disorders and many other common problems. Here’s a short excerpt on the vulnerability spell:

One of the most magical, though the hardest, spells is the Vulnerability Spell. Vulernability is the willingness to be authentic with yourself and others. The Vulnerability Spell might feel bittersweet because you are opening yourself to other. Take the chance with a possibility that you might get hurt. For example, telling someone that you love is a vulnerable action. It involves taking a chance, risking rejection and hurt, because the possibility of love and connection is THAT important. Although poeple who drink the vulnerablility spell are more likely to get hurt compared to people who are unwilling to share themselves with others, they might experience more love and happiness.

She has awesome advice that you too can use in your own everyday adventures in your own life. In addition to skills you acquire in the book, you also develop connection with the characters throughout the quest and even they embody the everyday struggles that people go through such as an eating disorder and the loss of a loved one as well as learning to accept people physical appeariences, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. So it was kinda hard to leave the world of “Here” once I finished reading “Therapy Quest” , but I have to say I kinda grew there too.

“Therapy Quest” is now available now in the U.S. at your favorite bookshop.

About the Author:

Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a scientist, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family and later, inspired by the X-Men, developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She has written multiple publications on this topic and has given talks domestically and internationally. She authored Superhero TherapyHarry Potter TherapyTherapy Quest, and has contributed to a number of pop culture psychology books, such as Star Wars PsychologyWonder Woman PsychologyGame of Thrones Psychology, and many others. Scarlet currently works as a clinical psychologist at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego, CA.

Reference:

Books.(2018) Superhero Therapy. Retrieved from: http://www.superhero-therapy.com/2017/12/therapy-quest/

For information on Dr. Janina Scarlet find her at her website at Superhero Therapy.

You can also find her on Twitter under the name @Shadow Quill and on Superhero Therapy Facebook Page.

I also wrote some posts about her and her podcast also named “Superhero Therapy” as shown below:

Podcast

Superhero Therapy: Harry Potter

Superhero Therapy: Jessica Jones

Superhero Theapy: Supernatural

Book

Harry Potter Therapy

                        It includes a link where you can download as a PDF, on your kindle or on any ebook.

Superhero Therapy: Supernatural

On this episode of Superhero Therapy, hosts Dr. Janina Scarlet and Dustin McGinnis of Assembly of Geeks talk about Supernatural and Mental Health with special guest, Rachel Miner.

You can download the episode on the Apple Podcast App or Google Play. Or you can go the hosts’ website and listen there:

Dr. Janina Scarlet

Superhero Therapy

Dustin McGuiness

Assembly of Geeks

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!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-assembly-of-geeks-podcast-network/id704816074?mt=2&i=1000393522903