Even though Stranger Things takes place in the 1980s, the success of the series is due to its broad appeal. In this episode, we take a closer look at how the lives and relationships of the characters relate to real life. Find out how Dr. Scarlet connects with Eleven and her struggles. We'll discuss what might be happening to Will as he deals with flashbacks and episodes (PTSD? The Anniversary Effect?). We'll take a close look at the relationship Max has with her step brother, Hopper has with Eleven and Eleven has with Dr. Brenner. How could she remain attached to a man who tortured her? Is it Stockholm Syndrome? We'll also attempt to figure out what psychological representations could be found in The Upside Down. Finally, we'll talk about what the series shows us about being a friend and a hero.
Dustin McGinnis & Dr. Janina Scarlet discuss the ways clinical psychology and geek culture collide.