“Let the Zombies Attack” – Life in Balance October Focus: Psychology and Pop Culture

by Dr. Jami Wilder

I love a great storywalking-dead. The more complicated, the better. I love twists and turns of a well written plot that catches me off-guard with an ending that I can’t anticipate. I adore deeply flawed and complex characters that draw from me a complicated swirl of emotion. I am drawn to how much a well written piece of literature, theater, or television reveals about the human experience, even when the piece isn’t necessarily about humans.

Which brings us to the upcoming season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead. For fans of the show, the Oct. 11 premiere will bring a new installment of life and death peril and dynamic, complicated human interactions that keep us watching season after season. As we at Wilder Therapy were talking over the show (and running through our individual and collective plans for surviving the zombie apocalypse), I was also intrigued at our draw to pop culture phenomenons and what we can learn about ourselves and the rest of humanity.

In case you haven’t guessed by now, we are proud nerds who do spend our free time talking about things like how zombies and psychology intersect, how Orange is the New Black spurred a Ruby Rose craze that led to new conversations about gender expression, and how the incomparable Shonda Rhimes is flipping the script on so many social issues. Our preoccupation with pop culture led to the selection of this month’s Life in Balance focus – Psychology and Pop Culture. All month long, we will be writing and posting about the intersection of the two. Our focus will also spill over onto our Twitter with Live Tweet event during the premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC at 9 p.m. (EST) Sunday, Oct. 11. (Stay tuned for more details on the event). We hope as you begin settling in for the fall and winter that you will join us throughout the month.

Jami Wilder, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in Rhode Island and co-owner of Wilder Therapy and Wellness. She also has a couple of amazing survival plans should the zombies attack.

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