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The Psychology of Regular Show

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Brianna Dixon

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The Psychology of: Amygdala/Borderline Personality Disorder: This part of the brain plays an important role in the processing of emotions, such as anger. Benson, the boss of all employees working at the park, has a very short temper. He has extreme mood swings. Over-stimulation of the amygdala may be to blame. Damage to the amygdala causes the opposite effects. Benson could be suffering from Intermittent Explosive Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder. Regression: Pops is the son of the park's owner. He lives amongst the employees in the house on park grounds. It's possible that, in order to avoid becoming the owner of the park(along with all responsibilities involved), Pops regressed to a childlike behavior(which is common when anxiety is present). He is always very bubbly, but also naive and gullible. He finds joy in small things, such as spinning in circles and butterflies. Often times, he tries to pay employees in the park with butterscotch lollipops. Birth Order/Projection: Rigby is older than his brother, Don. Rigby is immensely jealous of Don because of education, looks and likeable nature. He projects his jealousy onto Don as anger, causing him to avoid Don at all costs. He eventually comes to terms with Don. Learned Laziness: Learned Laziness is when a reward is given for no behavior. Mordecai and Rigby are infamous for slacking off. They play video games instead of cleaning up the park, knowing that Benson will never fire them despite his many threats and that they will receive their paychecks regardless of their efforts. Self-Disclosure: This term refers to a person's sharing of intimate feelings with another. Mordecai, although having a strong fondness for a girl named Margaret for years, refrains from disclosing himself to anyone but his best friend, Rigby. Superordinate goals/Social Loafing: Superordinate goals are goals that require the cooperation of multiple individuals. Many times, all the employees in the park must work together in order to save the park or each other. Their cooperative behavior is also known as social loafing because the effort required to accomplish the task is too great for either/both of them to handle. Schizophrenia/Hallucinations: The entire show could be a hallucination. Many of the characters are animals or objects that shouldn't talk, but do, such as birds, raccoons and gumball machines. All of the episodes contain unrealistic situations, such as going to space, going back in time, fighting giant bearded floating heads or giant eyeballs and being stuck in alternate dimensions. Imprinting: Imprinting, a process in which animals form attachments very early in life, is seen in the baby ducks that Rigby found near a fountain. They start to follow him around and imitate everything he does. Even though the baby ducks are taken away from the park by their mother, they still make appearances in the show to help Rigby. Kohlberg's Stages: Preconventional Individuals in the first part of this stage are selfish and pleasure seeking. Rigby is in the stage because he rarely helps others and most of the time, he only does things if there is a benefit for him. Rigby and Mordecai play rock, paper, scissors for the ownership of the couch. Erikson's Stages: Industry versus Inferiority/Normative Social Influence: Individuals in the Industry versus Inferiority stage, strive to conform to social norms. Rigby feels inferior and often times, he goes to extreme measures to fit in with the rest of the employees. For example, in one episode, Rigby ingests a drink that promised to make him smarter so he could earn his high school diploma and be on the same intellectual level as the rest of the employees. His behavior is caused by normative social influence, also known as the influence to fit in. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: This is when you only live up to expectations that are given to you by others. Benson doesn't expect Mordecai and Rigby to do their work, so he doesn't assign them more than a couple easy tasks. Mordecai and Rigby know that Benson expects them to be lazy so they continue to be so. Rationalization/Theory of Mind/Kohlberg's Stages(Preconventional): Rationalization is an attempt to explain behaviors in a logical way. Both Mordecai and Rigby are infamous for lying and making excuses. Lying is theory of mind in action while making excuses is a form of rationalization. Although they know they risk being caught, they do it anyway(Kohlberg's Stages:Preconventional). They often get into sticky situations when they lie. In one episode, Mordecai and Rigby stole the park records book, wrote in it(which caused the written things to become true) and then lied to Benson about the book. Background credited to: All other photos are property of: http://regularshow.wikia.com/wiki/Regular_Show_Wiki OR Conclusion: Regular show, with its schizophrenic hallucinations in every episode, is anything but regular. It seems that Rigby may be the most psychologically troubled out of all the employees. OR http://panzerknacker73.deviantart.com/art/Regular-Show-Collage-Wallpaper-303627852 Overview: Cast Members that are employees of the Park:
-Benson
-Mordecai
-Rigby
-Muscle Man
-High-Five Ghost
-Skips
Non-employee cast members:
-Pops
-Margaret
-Eileen Most Occurring Cast members: Regular Show is a cartoon aired on Cartoon Network. Its shows revolve around the lives of Mordecai and Rigby(a blue jay and a raccoon, respectively). Their attempts to slack off during work lead to surreal adventures. I picked this because it is one of my favorite TV shows. http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/regularshow/index.html
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