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A podcast for early career psychologists. If you're looking for inspiration and advice for your psychology career, you're in the right place. Amy Felman interviews working psychologists from diverse fields with all levels of experience as they share their journeys, challenges and career breakthroughs that have lead them to where they are today. Tune in and discover how we all wear it differently.
 
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We're covering 2 shocking Thanksgiving cases in this episode: 1. A woman who ate her husband for thanksgiving 2. A man who shot his family at the Thanksgiving table. Noting says UPC Thanksgiving like quadruple homicide with a side of Cannibalism Follow us on all platforms at @upcpodcast Unpopular Culture Podcast is a Forensic Psychology podcast cre…
 
Can you believe UPC is now 5 years old??!! How time flies... This STALKERS ONLY show is a thank you to our beloved Patrons. Come hang out with us as we discuss current events and play games * * * Follow us on all platforms at @upcpodcast Unpopular Culture Podcast is a Forensic Psychology podcast created and hosted by Professor & Psychotherapist Mic…
 
Joe and Love are raising their baby in a plastic, suburban life. So normal, they even have a couple’s therapist. But Joe can't help but reach back to his former life. Let's get into the psychology of stalking and murderous mayhem! Stay safe out there friends, and we hope you enjoy the show. * * * Follow us on all platforms at @upcpodcast Unpopular …
 
Did you listen to "The House on Fox Hallow Farm"? A story about Herb Baumesiter, the sexual strangulation-style lust murderer. This 2018 UPC classic is an elaboration on the psychology of the different kinds of lust murder, including some infamous examples, and themes I've seen in my own forensic work. Show notes — upcpodcast.com/archive1/Lust Foll…
 
To all our listeners who are psychology nerds, this episode is for you <3 Stalker requests for the obsessed, if you will. In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane explores how therapy has changed during the 20th Century, particularly in regard to behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and 3rd wave therapies. He also reviews the beginnings and cur…
 
Today, we are reacting to random stories found on the internet.... 1. A lady who thinks she has DID, her Therapist disagrees. 2. A 30 year old guy and 8 year old girl sitting close to each other at a restaurant eating the same salad. The server finds a note written on the table- "not my dad".. was this child abduction? 3. The lady who threw her own…
 
In this week's episode, the UPC team is back with more Reddit Creepy Encounters to wet your whistle. Professor Michael Drane, Tech Expert Ryan Lee, and Medical Researcher Dr. Pat Owen discuss the story of a woman who may have been stalked by her Uber driver, the case of a man who had Deja Vu after being yelled at during a car accident, and a woman …
 
In this week's episode, professor Michael Drane reviews how therapy has changed in the 20th century, particularly around Freud and his contribution to the field, as well as Adler's contribution to our understanding of developmental psychology, and even defense mechanisms. This episode is reserved for our stalkers of the show, so to catch the rest o…
 
In this week's episode, professor Michael Drane meets with Geoffrey Wallis, author of 'A Voice From the Inside: Notes on Religious Trauma in a Captive Organization.' Geoffrey, who uses a pseudonym to protect his identity, shares his experience of leaving the Jehovah's Witness church, which he identifies as a captive organization, and the psychologi…
 
In this week's episode, the UPC team is bringing you some shady psychological stories we found on Reddit, and we’re gonna give you our psychological and technological impressions. For this first story, first Ryan schools us on internet lingo, and then we dive into the psychology of someone who recorded a woman and her boyfriend having sex outside t…
 
In this week’s episode, professor Michael Drane completes Part 3 of his series on ‘7 Reasons for Cannibals.’ He reviews the previous ingredients before diving into identity confusion, inferiority, and psychosis. This episode is reserved exclusively for our Stalkers of the podcast, so if you would like to catch the full episode, go to: patreon.com/u…
 
In this week’s episode, Professor Michael Drane provides an in-depth analysis of the motives for cannibals—part 2. We review 2 additional motives for cannibalism: Psychopathic Narcissism and Power & Thrill. Listen in as he dives into the minds of Luka Magnotta from the Netflix Documentary ‘Don’t Fuck with Cats’ and Dorangel Vargas (aka the Hannibal…
 
On Sept. 30th, 1995 in Bellaire, Ohio -- 16 yr old Ryan Brooks was staying over at his friend Erik’s house. Like most teenagers, Ryan and Erik were up late hanging out. Ryan was out so late that he decided to check in with his parents. Ryan calls home at approximately 1:30 AM and his older brother Nathan answers the phone. “Tell mom and dad that I’…
 
In this week's episode, the UPC Dream Team is bringing you back in time. Listen in as Professor Michael Drane, Pat Owen, Ryan Lee, and Ashley Haynes-Gibson discuss mental health care standards, stereotypes and practices in the 1800s, the emergence of interventions we see and use today, outlandish diagnoses, and more! For a refresher, be sure to che…
 
We all know what cannibalism is, but do we know WHY it exists? What drives a person to eat another person? The answers might surprise you. This episode is the first of a series where Prof. Michael Drane explores the many reasons why cannibals exist. Stay tuned for part 2! Stay safe out there friends, and we hope you enjoy the show. * * * Follow us …
 
In this week’s episode, listen in as Professor and Psychotherapist Michael Drane and Cybersecurity Engineer Ryan Lee, dive into the psychology behind Medieval torture. This request was brought to us by our beloved Stalker Katherine, who was particularly interested in the psychology of medieval torture coupled with voyeurism. We review different Med…
 
Have you ever been curious about the lived experience of Schizophrenia? All of us have the ability to have our senses fooled. It’s a balance of probability that more of us don’t experience it ourselves. In this week’s episode, Cybersecurity Engineer Ryan Lee and Professor and Psychotherapist Michael Drane discuss Ryan’s experience using a well-know…
 
UPC is bringing back another cult classic—Borderline for Bees with Boots. Listen in as Professor Michael Drane, Andy Baker and Ashley Haynes-Gibson discuss Borderline Personality Disorder, the complexities of living with BPD, common misconceptions, and more! Stay safe out there friends, and we hope you enjoy the show. * * * Follow us on all platfor…
 
Have you ever wished you were in a mental institution prior to the 1800s? No? Me either. Turns out mental health care has come a long way in regards to just about everything. This week, listen in as the dynamic trio Professor Michael Drane, UPC Admin Andy Baker, and Grad Student/Researcher Ashley Haynes-Gibson discuss the type of mental health trea…
 
It’s 7PM, February 16th, 1981. Arne Cheyene Johnson, 19, has just been arrested for the murder of his 40-year-old friend and landlord, Alan Bono. Arne Stabbed Bono over 20 times after getting into an altercation about an unknown female. Fascinatingly, Arne Johnson claimed to have no memory of the event, stating that he was possessed by the devil af…
 
Catfishing. We’ve all heard of it. People appear to be prettier than they are on Tinder or Plenty of Fish and you think to yourself, ‘there’s no way this person is real.’ But what happens when you’re right? What happens when the person you’ve been in love with for the past ten years is a lie? In this week’s episode, listen in as Professor Michael D…
 
While mainstream society might scoff at your twisted sense of humor, the benefit of using humor in dark moments is a well-studied coping mechanism. In this episode- Prof. Michael Drane sits down with Tawny Platis from The Death is Hilarious Podcast to talk about this misunderstood aspect of the human psyche. * * * Follow us on all platforms at @upc…
 
In this week’s episode, Professor Michael Drane presents one of America’s most notorious serial killers, the Truck Stop Killer. Also known as Robert Ben Rhoades, Ben acquired his fame after a police officer unsuspectingly checked on his semi-truck, parked haphazardly on the side of the road, only to discover that Robert was ‘working’ on his next vi…
 
We asked you to tell us what’s on your mind, and you did not disappoint. 1. Do women with narcissistic personality disorder get misdiagnosed with Borderline often? 2. Someone wants you to talk about the threshold for human pain tolerance; “is there a limit, what happens when that limit is reached, why do different people have different tolerance le…
 
In this week’s episode, the UPC Team is bringing you our very first Live Show! Relationship Questions Edition… We brought on Michael Drane, Andrew Baker, Ashley Haynes-Gibson, and Ryan Lee to answer questions from our beloved Stalkers, as well as the audience, around personality shifts due to stress, money in relationships, and how to manage a Mast…
 
What are the psychological ramifications of having a narcissist in your life? How do you protect yourself from the chaotic world of the clinical narcissist? Listen in as Professor Michael Drane retells the tragic death of Lisa Steinberg, the victim of an excessively narcissistic parent, as well as the origin of “Battered Wife-Syndrome”. This is a r…
 
What do you get when attention is a form of currency? What happens when we have access to limitless media for consumption? Artistic manipulation. In this week’s episode, Professor Michael Drane, Medical Researcher Pat Owen, and Cybersecurity Engineer Ryan Lee answer Elijah’s Stalker Request: Advertisement vs. Manipulation. Listen in as they discuss…
 
(Of all the forensic cases that I have covered, what happened to Junko Furata is one of the most disturbing) Junko Furata was an innocent high school girl who was senselessly tortured, raped, and murdered by her own classmates. Even more shocking- there is evidence suggesting parents and even police knew about it and did nothing. In this episode- P…
 
In this week’s episode, the UPC team meets to discuss the Georgia Spa Shootings from last week that left 8 people dead. Robert Long’s actions have been cast into the national spotlight as an ever-present example of the rise in hate crimes towards Asian Americans following the Covid-19 Pandemic. But is there enough evidence to establish this event a…
 
In this week's episode, Michael, Ashley, and Andy are bringing you a special treat! Our very first episode in our new series "Dear UPC". Here, we answer our Beloved Stalker's questions regarding a myriad of topics, with this first episode focusing on relationships. Listen in as we discuss the challenges of navigating a relationship after long-term …
 
Imagine the horror of being kidnapped. Let that sink in for a moment. Now, imagine the horror of being buried alive, in a box, underground—which is worse? Now, imagine both. Level 19 psychopath Gary S. Krist was responsible for the abduction and ransom of Barbara Mackle, daughter to real estate tycoon Robert Mackle, in 1968. He kidnapped her, burie…
 
What is more terrifying? The moment where you realize you've been possessed by demons OR the moment where you realize it's all in your head? In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane revisits one of our most *chilling* episodes -- Diagnosing Demonic Possession. If you thought 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose' was a cult classic, wait until you hea…
 
In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with the hosts of The Mind Behind It Podcast to discuss all things dark psychology. We wanted to share this gem with the public and also note how wonderful it was to be a guest on their show! Check out their description below: "Prof. Michael Drane, a psychotherapist and host of the UPC (Unpopula…
 
What is it that drives the mob to hunt the social misfit? In this week’s episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Cybersecurity Engineer Ryan Lee, and Researcher/Grad Student Ashley Haynes-Gibson to revisit the infamous case of Elisa Lam and her disappearance from the Cecil Hotel in L.A., California. After watching the new Netflix Docuseries ‘Cr…
 
"I went to see the freaks & Kenny went to find religion. That's how it all started." In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Debryah Hawkins, a survivor of the House of Yahweh Cult. At 22, Debryah's life changed when a box of pamphlets arrived at her house. What started out as an innocent adventure and a 3-day feast quickly spira…
 
In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Brihana Davidson of the 'Cobra Kai Kompanion' podcast and Andrew Baker, Admin for UPC and fellow Psych Grad Student, to discuss Cobra Kai, Season 3! This is part two of our first episode, reserved especially for our beloved Stalkers. To get the full episode, become a stalker at www.patreon.…
 
In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Brihana Davidson of the 'Cobra Kai Kompanion' podcast and Andrew Baker, Admin for UPC and fellow Psych Grad Student, to discuss Cobra Kai, Season 3! Listen in as they answer stalker questions like "Is Cobra Kai a cult?" and "Is John Kreese a psychopath?" Brihana brings her trusted expertise…
 
In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Tawny Platis, Host of 'Death Is Hilarious' Podcast, to explore the Psychology of Dark Humor. Listen in as they discuss what dark humor is, why it's good for us, how Covid-19 has impacted our sense of humor, and what having a dark sense of humor says about our personality. They also explore …
 
It’s astonishing how quickly one person’s idea can become the belief system of an entire community. In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane explores the psychology of Mob Mentality within the context of the riot at the Capitol. Mob Mentality usually makes headlines during the holidays--that is, unfortunately, a familiar sight. However, the …
 
The cost of entry into happiness is lower than it’s ever been. Every day we experience psychological addiction through our most popular video games because these platforms utilize neuropsychology to keep the players coming back for more. This is the same process as a slot machine. But what happens when you put a slot machine into a human brain? Wha…
 
In this week’s episode, Professor Michael Drane sits down with Michael F. Schein, author of “The Hype Handbook: 12 Indispensable Success Secrets from the World’s Greatest Propagandists, Self-Promoters, Cult Leaders, Mischief Makers, and Boundary Breakers”, to discuss how himself and others have mastered the power of hype to get what they want. They…
 
In this week’s episode, Professor Michael Drane explores the Psychology of Confirmation Bias through the lens of Paranormal Activity. He has with him Jeremy Enfinger, Paranormal Investigator and host of the ‘Deviatus’ and ‘‘Wine & Wierdos’ Podcasts, as well as Ryan Lee, Cybersecurity Engineer. Jeremy, having spent several years investigating parano…
 
In this week's episode, the whole gang is bringing you another cult classic--Sexual Fetish Trivia! Watch as Andy and Ashley go head-to-head in their second round of Trivia just for our beloved Stalkers. We review the most common types of sexual fetishes, the differences between a fetish and a paraphilia, and much more! Stay safe out there friends, …
 
In this week’s episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Author Dr. Bill Kimberlin to discuss the case of an inmate he has been interviewing for over 6 years, Lisa Montgomery. Lisa Montgomery is the first female prisoner to be federally executed on Death Row in over 70 years, with her execution scheduled to take place just eight days before the n…
 
In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane, Dr. Pat Owen, Ashley, and Andy answer Kira's Stalker Question about Paranoia. We explore the different levels of paranoia, key traits of paranoid thinkers, as well as the differences between paranoid psychosis and paranoid personality disorders. Stay safe out there friends, and we hope you enjoy the …
 
In this week’s 2-part episode, the UPC team is bringing you more Stalker Questions! Lou asked about live-streamed suicide and the motive behind ending one’s life on public platforms, as well as the ramifications for those who encourage suicide on social media. We touch on some of the legal and social challenges associated with addressing live-strea…
 
In this week’s episode, the whole team is bringing the Stalkers some bona fide bonus content as we answer your questions from the Stalker Group. Sam asked about the case of Amanda Sharp-Jefferson and filicide--we discuss her case and the common reasons that people murder their children. Elijah inquired about the Netflix Documentary ‘The Social Dile…
 
Dr Nicki Ferencz is a clinical psychologist who is the clinical coordinator of the Paediatric Chronic Pain Service at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. In this interview, we discuss the importance of language in the treatment room, the power of peer to peer mentoring for clients and parents, and the intrinsic link be…
 
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