When people experience something strange, whether it’s being touched by an unseen force, seeing an apparition or shadow figure, or hearing voices, we tend to either look for validation of that experience or try to find an explanation in an attempt to categorize what happened. For some of us, these things can be easily dismissed as an active imagination, a hallucination or pareidolia - where the human mind assigns context to randomness. While some believe they truly have witnessed evidence of the afterlife, spiritual beings, or angels and demons, others consider the possibility of the presence of mental illness like schizophrenia, or at least they are readily accused of if. But in reality, not all unexplained phenomena fit perfectly into one of these little boxes.
Today’s guest specializes in serious mental illness like Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders and Criminal Behavior. He’s a licensed psychotherapist and is currently in pursuit of his Doctorate in Forensic Psychology. Michael Drane is his name, and he is also the Creator and Host of the Unpopular Culture Podcast where he and his crew of professionals dive into the underbelly of today’s society - they talk about true crime, the psychology behind the Netflix show Black Mirror, and they breakdown the psychology of modern society and various conspiracy theories. I have to say it’s a phenomenal show that I’ve personally subscribed to, and I would encourage any of my listeners to check it out. You will not be disappointed. Hopefully after spending an hour speaking with me, Michael doesn’t think I’m too crazy.
Important items mentioned in this episode:
Unpopular Culture Podcast Twitter @upcpodcast
Michael Drane on Twitter @UPCMD
Corey Stewart on Twitter @corstew91
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