In the first episode of Freudian Scripts, Dr. Fran and Dr. Sam introduce themselves and welcome you to the podcast where they’ll be putting your favorite TV shows and movies on the hypothetical couch to take a deeper dive into the way psychology is portrayed in the media.
Get to know the doctors, why they decided to pursue clinical psychology, and their favorite binge-worthy comedies and dramas, all before tackling their first subject—the 1997 classic, Good Will Hunting.
With Good Will Hunting, they discuss trauma, abuse, and, of course, the therapeutic relationship between Will Hunting and Dr. Sean Maguire, played by Matt Damon and Robin Williams, respectively. How accurate is the portrayal of trauma experience and would a real-life therapist build rapport and treat a patient like Will in some of the same ways it’s depicted in the film? Also, would a therapist really just sit in silence for an entire hour-long session with a patient?
Finally, separate fact from fiction in the first installment of Dr. Fran and Dr. Sam’s recurring segment, PhDonts. These are things that therapists do not, or at least should not, do. (Hint: don’t choke your patient.)
Whether you’re a fan of psychology, Oscar-winning dramas, or wicked Boston accents, relive some of your favorite moments from the film from the unique perspective of two PhD-level therapists. And if your other responsibilities call, tell ’em, sorry, you had to go see about a podcast.
Warning: This episode includes heavy, adult themes of child abuse, which can be hard to hear. Some of the clips are explicit, so maybe don’t listen with kids around.