Supernatural Counseling: Wendigo S1 Ep2

Supernatural Counseling, a subset of Geek Therapy, involves the analysis of the show Supernatural and finding the therapeutic themes, interventions, and moral take always we can use in our daily lives.


Episode Summery

In this episode, Sam and Dean follow the coordinates left in their father’s journal and land in the middle of the woods where they investigate the disappearance of several campers. The two brothers soon learn they are dealing with a Wendigo, a creature made famous in Native American legends. A Wendigo is a former human whose cannibalism has transformed him into a creature with superhuman strength and speed that feasts on human flesh. If you watch closely you will see several mental health elements at play especially grief processing.

Analysis

Next there is John’s journal which serves as a surrogate parent still guiding the brothers on their quest. The journal is also one of their “helpers” on their hero’s journey. While being an aide it is also a comfort transitional object for Sam and Dean. Individual’s going through grief and/or change in their life use a transitional object to go through one chapter of their lives to another. This is a common coping skill when working through trauma or even we someone is scared, nervous, or sad. Transitional objects are also referred to as comfort objects or security blankets. We will see more of the journal and other helpers as the show progresses.

Conclusion

The basis of the plot is a wendigo has taken Tommy Collins and his family, sister Haley and brother Ben, want to find him. Haley has no clue what has happened to Tommy and she wants to find him so badly she hires Roy, a rigid tracker, to help her find him. She is choosing to do what is in her control to save her brother because if she didn’t she would probably be catastrophizing. This is common when individuals feel powerless or hopeless they fantasize about the worst things that could possibly happen. At times when individuals keep fighting, keep doing the next right things, they are possibly getting closer to the truth. Doing what is in their power to not allowing the monsters to win.

One of the biggest themes to point out in this episode is the hope the brothers try to given Haley and Ben. Dean states to Haley , “he (Tommy) could still be alive.” Hope is a powerful force it allows us to keep fighting. Dr. Janinia Scarlett states in her podcast, “hope is an essential monster hunting skill.” I completely agree with this statement. There is a saying “it is always darkest before the dawn,” meaning things look really bad or dark before they get better.

Activity:

Draw, describe, and/or write about a transitional object you have had in your life? Identify the comfort it gave you during down times.

Check out Dr. Janina Scarlet’s Book, “Supernatural Therapy: Hunting your internal monsters “

Get the “Grief Recovery Handbook” HERE

Learn about Therapist Nicki HERE

Do You Struggle with Anger?

Anger Management

Anger is a normal part of the human emotional experience. However, sometimes how we manage our anger can be destructive. Most people learn how to deal with anger as a normal part of growing up based. Our parents model and teach us these tools. Unfortunately not all people, were modeled or taught healthy anger management tools. Without good emotional regulation tools, anger can become overwhelming.

Own Your Anger

The first important step in managing your emotions, is recognizing that you need some in the first place. This is often the hardest step in anger management recovery. Shame and guilt are negative feelings that are often associated with poor emotion management. It is important not to get caught up in these feelings. Shame can a huge barrier to anger recovery. Accepting personal responsibility and taking steps towards recovery is the best solution to preventing further pain.

Think carefully about your life.

  • Do you often shout at and hurt the ones you love the most?
  • Do your loved ones try to avoid you, maybe leaving the room whenever you enter or going to their bedrooms when you get in from work?
  • Have you had problems at work because you were unable to control your emotions?
  • Have you ever had the police involved in your anger management?

If any of these situations sound familiar, then the chances are that you do have an emotional regulation problem.

Quick And Dirty Tools

There are a number of techniques available which can help you to take control control your frustration. Emotion management can be as simple as acknowledging the problem and mastering some simple emotional regulation techniques. Some of these tools include counting until calm, squeezing ice in your fists and exercise. However, in more severe cases it will be necessary to attend therapy, hire an emotion coach, or attend psycho-educational workshops.

The Next Step Is Yours

Think carefully about your life. Do you often shout at and hurt the ones you love the most? Do your partner and/or children often try to avoid you, maybe leaving the room whenever you enter or going to their bedrooms when you get in from work?  Have you had problems at work, or worse still, with the police, because you allowed your anger to get the better of you?  If any of these situations sound familiar, then the chances are that you do have an anger problem and you need to address it for the sake of you and all those around you.

Anger is a normal part of the human emotional experience. However, sometimes how we manage our anger can be destructive. Most people learn how to deal with anger as a normal part of growing up based. Our parents model and teach us these tools. Unfortunately not all people, were modeled or taught healthy anger management tools. Without good emotional regulation tools, anger can become overwhelming. Angriness may be an issue in your everyday life if you let it be. Not only does it interrupt your work and play, but it may hurt you when you least anticipate it. Anger has an underhanded way of making itself known in the rarest of situations, and most you do not have any control over.