Category “Psychology”

Stress, Portrait of a Killer

The stress response: in the beginning it saved our lives, making us run from predators and enabling us to take down prey. Today, human beings are turning on the same life-saving physical reaction to cope with 30-year mortgages, $4 a gallon gasoline, final exams, difficult bosses and even traffic jams — we can’t seem to turn it off. So, we’re constantly marinating in corrosive hormones triggered by the stress response. Now, scientists are showing just how measurable — and dangerous — prolonged exposure to stress can be. Stanford University neurobiologist, MacArthur “genius”...

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Pyromania

Pyromania follows those with an unhealthy fascination for fire. From children who play with fire to the story of John Orr, thought to be responsible for setting over 10,000 fires, to "Bob", a serial arsonist serving three life sentences in a mental institution. This film journeys into the state of mind when one doesn't set fires for revenge or money but for the simple love of fire...

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Married To The Eiffel Tower

This Documentary explores the world of three women who are sexually and emotionally attracted to objects. These so-called ‘objectum sexuals’ shy away from contact with other humans in favour of structures large and small. Naisho, an American woman, has been lovingly connected with the Golden Gate Bridge, has a fence for a lover in her bedroom, used to be in love with an archery bow and is now officially married to the Eiffel Tower. Together with Naisho and the documentary crew, a swedish woman introduces us to some of her lovers – a guillotine and a fence, and another American...

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Louis Theroux: Hypnotists

Louis meets a Las Vegas hypnotist who claims he can make dreams come true and meets a California man who teaches chat-up...

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My Penis and Everyone Else’s

The follow-up to My Penis and I, explores why men find talking about anxieties they have with their penis so...

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My Penis and I

This is a film I made (The Author) in 2005 for the BBC. “I guess this thing is about having a small dick, and it’s horrible saying that because it’s true…. And why is it such a problem? This is what this film is about”. My Penis and I follows my two-year journey to discover if size matters. It charts the effect my penis has had on my life, my family and my relationship with my girlfriend Nicola. The film is now out of BBC licensing and I am free to distribute it...

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The Secret World of Pain

Horizon reveals the latest research into one of the most mysterious and common human experiences – pain. Breakthroughs have come from studying a remarkable woman in London who has felt no pain at all in her life, a man in the US who cut off his own arm to survive, and three generations of an Italian family who don’t feel extremes of temperature. We witness a new treatment that involves a pioneering computer game ‘snow world’ that contains the power to banish pain. And we find how powerfully our moods and emotions shape what pain we...

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Insanely Dangerous

In January 2004, Niels hijacked a train while police and a TV crew was on the spot. Though they quickly found out that this was not just a story about a hijacking. It was, instead, the story of a psychotic man not getting proper care and the ways that his madness had taken over. During the last 20 years in Denmark (from documentary age), the number of mentally ill people committing crimes has quadrupled. Often psychiatrists and families have to remain passive while a mentally ill person becomes more and more dangerous. Insanely Dangerous offers a unique opportunity to understand the...

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Too Ugly for Love

BDD, or Body Dysmorphic Disorder, is a largely undiagnosed medical condition that is said to affect 1% of the British population. Sufferers are obsessed with how they look and can spend hours obsessively grooming themselves. Often misunderstood as a vanity driven obsession, people with BDD are the opposite; they believe they are horrendously ugly. In fact they are so disgusted by their looks, one in four attempt suicide. Too Ugly for Love follows three sufferers living with BDD, and shows how they’re fighting it to regain a normal life. They’re offered therapy from one of the...

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