Dr. Aurit Lazerus, PsyD, is gamer and board game geek with a private clinical practice in Providence, Rhode Island. She uses playfulness and creativity to help her patients feel more understood, connected, balanced, self-aware, and empowered.
In this podcast, we chat about the mental health benefits of video games; what playfulness can look like, and how to incorporate it into one’s daily life; how it feels when video games are used to procrastinate; and whether video games can be addictive. We also discuss the difficult subject of abusive relationships, how they work, and how to both offer and get help.
Content warnings: suicide and abusive relationships.
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- Dr. Aurit Lazerus on Twitter
- Dr. Aurit Lazerus’s profile on Psychology Today
- “The Autotelic Personality: Finding Happiness in Flow” by C Wilson Meloncelli
- Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment by Amir Levine & Rachel Heller
- “Mazes and Monsters” (1982 TV movie starring Tom Hanks — available for free on YouTube)
- The Incredibles: “I’m not strong enough“
- “Depressed and Anxious? These Video Games Want to Help” by Laura Parker
- American Psychiatric Association’s Internet Gaming Disorder in DSM-5
- “The effects of video game play on the characteristics of saccadic eye movements” by David J.Mack & Uwe J.Ilg
- Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft
- “7 Harmful & 7 Healing Responses When Someone Tells You They’ve Been Sexually Violated” by Dr. Aurit Lazerus
- RAINN: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
- Samaritans: Preventing Suicide, Providing Hope (877-870-HOPE)
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