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04:51:09 PM Feb 14th 2018

"and supposed "facts" of the past are still in popular culture despite being debunked...., or Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs." — Hollywood Psych page.

The above statement is misleading, the hierarchy of needs is still relevant and taught in college-level courses with the added stress that things are messier than portrayed. Nonetheless, it is still relevant and a useful rule of thumb. The real question is: should someone change it?
10:28:22 PM Sep 18th 2013
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  • Death Note
    • But neither L nor the other kids are ever referred to as autistic, and most of the kids are not morally deficient as they are pretty upset when L details his family unfriendly approach to crimefighting. Near and Mello are the only ones who are intrigued and Near explains his own moral philosophy later. So this trope is either inverted or averted. The only explicit psychology in the entire series seems to be L's profile of Kira, which is brief but spot-on.

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  • M*A*S*H
    • Actually, the dominant psychological school at the time was Behaviorism. It wasn't until the Cognitive Revolution in the Sixties that it even became acceptable to even discuss Freudian ideas, and even then, most Cognitivist psychologist view Freud as being ultimately flawed. But that is a completely different trope.
10:55:27 PM Dec 21st 2011
In reference to Batman Begins, "Not to mention that there's no scarecrow archetype in Jungian psychology."

Jung does occasionally make reference to a Scarecrow on scattered occasions throughout his published work, although I have yet to find an essay or seminar that clearly defines the archetype; Jung's work is extremely scattered, and he tended not to spell things out. Nevertheless, given the obscurity of the archetype, I would offer that the writer had a keen familiarity with Jungian psychology.

I would also like to argue that Jung's work is hardly outdated at all; rather, his approach has fallen out of favor. The primary concern of contemporary Abnormal Psych is to return a familiar diagnosis, fast. Jung's work was mostly introspective, exploring the various aspects of self and how they affect one another, a focus which, while fascinating, does not return measurably practical results.
09:51:39 PM Nov 17th 2011
"Undergraduate psychology majors don't write theses" ... Really? Because I know quite a few who have. Depends on the college one attends.
08:11:33 AM Dec 27th 2010
I second the opinion that a more reference-ish page for psychiatric issues would be a good idea — maybe as a Useful Notes than a trope. This page could focus on how pop culture misrepresents/exaggerates/dramatizes mental disorders while this hypothetical page discusses what common mental disorders are like and how they manifest in pop culture.

I kinda noticed that formal psychiatric illnesses are poorly understood by some tropers. I don't think a Tropers' Digest version of DSM/ICD would hurt or divert the attention too much. Is this sound enough that I/one should start working on a page?
02:42:22 AM Sep 9th 2010
Shouldn't there be something about personality disorders? I don't think most people understand that there are different kinds.
12:00:52 PM Aug 9th 2010
Shouldn't there be a "You Fail Psychology/Psychiatry Forever" trope?
12:02:18 PM Aug 9th 2010
This covers the same thing and has a shorter title.
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