Episode 107: 2 Shrinks Discuss Silver Linings Playbook

Listen as two shrinks (@DrColleenMullen and @Quadfathermft) psycho-babble the movie Silver Linings Playbook.  This movie is a standout! Not only for it’s stellar cast of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, but also because of it’s wonderful portrayal of emotional distress. 

In this episode we explore the themes of:

  • family enabling 
  • obsessive thinking
  • what Bipolar looks like
  • medication management
  • how misery loves company
  • and some of Courtney & Colleen’s pet peeves of how therapy is portrayed in the movies. 

Episode 105: 2 Shrinks Discuss Zooptopia


"Anyone can be anything," seems to be something every child is told growing up-- but is this a reality?  Colleen and Courtney has differing opinions and they're tying it all together in this episode of Shrink 2 Shrink!  Here, Colleen and Courtney discuss themes from the movie and explore what it means about our human nature, and how to handle bullies and other relationship issues present within the film.   Join us as we learn about our own lives using the themes of the film!


Episode 104: 2 Shrinks Discuss Creed


On this episode of @Shrink2Shrink: Creed!  

Adonis never knew his father, but he has the same passion for boxing.  We also explore how living with a legend in the family can be something that can open doors for us, but can also be something we want to keep hidden. Then, we get to reminisce about our love for the icon of Rocky Balboa as a cultural icon and the spark that the stories ignite in each one of us and why.  What is it about his achievements, his love of both boxing and Adrian (“Yo, Adrian!”) that inspire us?  Listen in as we examine love, relationships, loneliness, overcoming obstacles, resiliency and following your passions.


Colleen and Courtney explore what we can learn for our own lives using these themes from the film:

  • family ties
  • what makes a family
  • how Adonis Creed makes sense of being born to the incredible Apollo Creed.


Episode 103: 2 Shrinks Discuss "The Martian"

This month, 2 Shrinks break down the psych aspects of the movie, The Martian. How would you fare alone in space?  Dealing with the feelings of being abandoned and isolated? we'll be analyzing several different psychological and interpersonal aspects of this film and use the information to help us learn about ourselves and our relationships.

After a fierce space storm, astronauts escape the planet Mars, only they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon) who they presume is dead. Watney, now isolated with few resources, must figure out how to survive on his own until his rescue mission arrives-- if it arrives, that is.  Join us as we discuss not only his physical survival, but his psychological survival!

The Martian touches on themes of:

  1. Isolation - How do people survive in isolation?  Take Control of Your: Space, Time, Body & Mind.  Sounds simple, right?  Think again!

  2. Depression and Social Isolation - Consider this: Three out of every four adults agree with the statement, "American's suffer from skin hunger." AKA, We need to be touched!

  3. Cognitive Therapy Intervention Basics - Retrain your brain! 

  4. Keeping Secrets - Keeping secrets within a marriage, or any significant adult relationship, can cause a breakdown in communication. The bond between the adults may be irreparably harmed, causing harm to any children as well.

  5. Sarcasm and Touch in Affection - Sarcasm happens for 3 reasons: Insecurity, Latent Anger and Social Awkwardness.  How can you deal with it in your relationships?

  6. Problem Solving in Relationships - All relationships have issues, we've got a formula to deal with them!

Episode 102: 2 Shrinks Discuss "Trainwreck"

Next up: TrainWreck! – She sure is!  Or is she? She might just be a product of her upbringing and just struggling to get her life sorted and find love like the rest of us? 

In this movie, Amy Schumer plays a woman living a sexually carefree life until she meets a nice doctor with whom she seemingly has little in common with.  When he begins to pursue her, she tries to run away and treat him like the piece of man meat that he is, but she feels compelled to go against her better judgment.  In this movie, Courtney & I had plenty to talk about in regards to relationships, family dynamics, and single life.  We got in some good giggles too!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • “Monogamy isn’t realistic!” – how what our parents teach us when we are young really guides us as adults.
  • When Amy and her sister go through their father’s belongings, we discuss the family process of grief, and how, even though you were raised in the same house, you may have very different reactions than your siblings.
  • “I’m memorabilia” – what it’s like to watch our parents recognize their own mortality
  • “Do you like sports?”- Oh what we won’t say to try to get a date!
  • “Do I have to worry about you with other guys?” – What’s it like when one person thinks your exclusive and the other doesn’t? uh, oh!!
  • “I’m finally going to be a grandfather!” – Families don’t always agree on who constitutes a family member.  It’s unfortunate that even though we have so many blended families these days, some extended family members may still not recognize the step-siblings as family members. 
  • Do we all just keep dating different people from the same mold? 
  • “Your life has not begun since you don’t have a baby”-  Oh brother! Don’t get me started.  There are so many ways people with children have found to make us childless women feel inadequate – Thanks ladies! 
  • “Just keep her away from the athletes” -  What happens when you bring your new love interest around your family too soon and they make totally inappropriate jokes about you!
  • Have you played the “Skeletons in the closet game”? – You can really learn about who has no boundaries in this one! I’ll drink to that!
  • The death of Amy’s father – how we process grief is different for everybody, but it’s a process that takes time- Amy’s boss doesn’t seem to get that. 


Prequel #1: 2 Shrinks React To: "Inside Out"

The movie “Inside Out” is the topic of discussion for Courtney & Colleen. How accurately does this move capture the emotional interplay within our minds. The discussion touches on what can happen to us if we are not aware of our feelings and if we don’t share our deeper feelings with the people in our lives. How to improve our day to day life by being aware of and honoring our own emotional experience and process.


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