Brian Kong | Psychologist, Chicago

Pop Culture + Therapy | Brian Kong, Psychologist, Chicago

In addition to various theoretical approaches, I believe that art and pop culture highlight themes that people resonate with in therapy and welcome the opportunity to integrate some of these unifying themes in our work together if that is something you possibly connect with.

 

Pop Culture and Therapy

In addition to various theoretical approaches, I believe that art and pop culture highlight themes that people resonate with in therapy and welcome the opportunity to integrate some of these unifying themes in our work together if that is something you possibly connect with.


Relationships and Break-Ups

A comedic look at how exercise can be used as a way to cope with a break-up.

A skit that illustrates common differences between partners when dealing with relationship issues.

A short film depicting how the avoidance and denial of one's pain can ultimately hinder one's recovery from a break-up.

A short film about the places, sounds and smells that remind you of someone you'd rather forget. It's the story of a guy who struggles to avoid these emotional landmines, and his journey to clear his head.


Grief

A short film about Steve Fugate, a man dealing with the loss of his son by walking across the country. 

A scene from Six Feet Under about expressing one's grief honestly. 

Scott Aukerman, host of Comedy Bang Bang, discusses his conflicted feelings in mourning the loss of writer/comedian Harris Wittels.


Dealing with Emotion

Comedian Pete Holmes and Franciscan friar, Richard Rohr discuss the value of suffering.

Comedian, Louis CK discusses how smartphones obstruct us from dealing with emotion in a more healthy manner.

Commencement Speech to Kenyon College class of 2005 written by David Foster Wallace

Author and research professor, Brene Brown discusses the power and value of embracing one's own vulnerability. 

Marc Maron speaks to the value of empathy in relation to Louis C.K.'s allegations.


Procrastination

A humorously realistic depiction of the thought process of procrastination.

James Hamblin, MD, briefly discusses how multitasking can be a distraction in of itself. 


Confidence / Self-Acceptance

A scene from Tommy Boy, in which Tommy Callahan finds his confidence.
 

The final scenes of Angus which argue against the idea of "normal."
 

Gillian Jacobs of Community answers questions about awkwardness, and self-consciousness.

In his 2016 special, Make Happy, comedian Bo Burnham discusses the caveats of social media and living with an audience.

A brief scene from Community, illustrating the futility in trying to please others.

The final scenes of Angus which argue against the idea of "normal."
 

The unforgettable dialogue from Almost Famous between Lester Bangs and William discussing the acceptance of being uncool.

Spoken word poet, Shane Koyczan's "To This Day" confronts the issue of bullying.

Author Simon Sinek explores the impact social media and technology have made on the mental health of the millennial generation.


Failure

Tales of Mere Existence explores the definitions of failure and success.

Louis CK discusses his philosophy on failure based on his experiences in television. (10:26 - 12:50).

 

Community's Pierce Hawthorne shares his philosophy on failure.

Conan O'Brien shares his personal experience and realizations about failure at the 2011 Dartmouth College Commencement Address. (Starting @ 16:16)

 
 

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