Santa Goes to Therapy – Pop Psych [3:40]


This episode of Pop Psych looks at the man, the myth, known as Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholaus, and many other names.  The video provides a funny clinical analysis of Santa.  It introduces and explains a number of terms about personality disorders.

Discussion Questions

  • What are egosyntonic and egodysntonic personality disorders?  Which is Santa and why?
  • What are some of the psychological symptoms that he exhibits?  What’s the final diagnosis?
  • What do you think of this analysis?  Would Santa be as crazy if the magic around his myth was real?

Keywords: Santa Claus, Christmas, myth, story, folk tale, fictional, psychology, psychoanalysis, therapy,


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