Tag: Superhero Therapy

Game of Thrones Daenerys fan fury, explained by a clinical psychologist – CNET

Janina Scarlet, a Game of Thrones geek and psychologist, has thoughts on why the Breaker of Chains’ deed has some fans feeling so bummed.
— Read on www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/game-of-thrones-episode-5-daenerys-fan-fury-explained-by-psychologist-janina-scarlet/

Lord of the Rings and Mental Health

Lord of the Rings and Mental Health

Image result for the lord of the rings trilogy
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

What Jessica Jones teaches us about surviving sexual assault | SYFY WIRE

Marvel’s Jessica Jones helps to provide viewers with a means of understanding PTSD and living with the aftermath of sexual assault.
— Read on www.syfy.com/syfywire/what-jessica-jones-teaches-us-about-surviving-sexual-assault

Practicing gratitude: The lessons from Groundhog’s Day | Superhero Therapy

There’s been a lot of talk lately about gratitude. It seems that gratitude makes us happy and can also boost the immune system and build resilience. Here’s a
— Read on www.superhero-therapy.com/practicing-gratitude-the-lessons-from-groundhogs-day/

I know it was about a week ago, but it’s applicable.

What Into the Spider-Verse teaches us about mental health | SYFY WIRE

Into the Spider-Verse demonstrates that sometimes the most painful experience of our life can become the birthplace of our resilience.
— Read on www.syfy.com/syfywire/what-into-the-spider-verse-teaches-us-about-mental-health

What Storm teaches us about managing Seasonal Affective Disorder | SYFY WIRE

If you can feel or predict the weather, remember that you are like Storm, a superhero with a special ability.
— Read on www.syfy.com/syfywire/what-storm-teaches-us-about-managing-seasonal-affective-disorder