Ted Lasso is a three season Apple TV exclusive that took the world by storm with its unusual brand of kindness and in-depth exploration of human relationships. The show explores the character arc of a football turned ‘futbol’ (soccer) coach from Wichita, Kansas as he is recruited to help an underdog soccer club in the UK.
His experiences with those surrounding him make for a meaningful exploration of psychological concepts for psych nerds, while the depicted ideals of kindness through the final episode prove that all of us can positively leave a mark on everyone we meet.
This book is part of The Psychgeist of Pop Culture published by ETC Press collection: a book series highlighting iconic pop culture content from television, film, literature, and video games through an examination of the psychological mechanisms that endear us to these stories for a lifetime.
Each chapter in this book will explore a psychological concept explored during the series. Several possible themes and topics are listed below but do not consider this list exhaustive. Please feel free to propose a different topic or riff off of one below.
- "If that's a joke, I love it. If not, can't wait to unpack that with you later.": The psychology of healthy friendships [or select your own quote!]
- Positive Positivity and Ted Lasso: Exploration of positive psychology applied correctly
- Redemption, Forgiveness, and Revenge in Ted Lasso
- Keeley Jones: From Panda To Lion.
- Toxic Romantic Relationships: Love Bombing, Shamen and Codependence through Coach Beard, Keeley Jones and Rebecca Welton
- Therapist Ethics: Dr. Jacob is No Dr. Sharon Fieldstone
- Ethical Implications of Reporting on Mental Health: Trent Crimm, The Independent
- Forgiveness: Better Than Those Who Hurt Us, A Rebecca and Rupert Dis-love Story
- Shame – Nathan Shelly, the Dumb-Dumb Line and Radical responsibility
- Addiction through the lens of Coach Beard
- Taking Care of Everybody but themselves: Ted Lasso and Self-Compassion An Instruction Manual as to Why They're Nuts: Maternal Relationships of Ted Lasso
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Ted Lasso
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