Request for Psychology Questions Related to The Archers

Request for Psychology Questions Related to The Archers

by Dr Emma Gray - 13th June, 2016

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If you have any questions that are related to any of our other articles about “The Archers” (most recent article found here) or any other story lines from a Psychological point of view then I will do my best to answer them.

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Dr Gray

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Dr Emma Gray

Dr Emma Gray

I am often the first person with whom my patients share significant and intimate thoughts and memories; I never take that privileged position for granted nor the opportunity to help someone to feel better about themselves and discover a more fulfilling life. One of my colleagues once described me as a natural psychologist; I guess she was alluding to the fact that I feel at ease being a therapist, I can empathise with people’s distress and discomfort but don’t feel overwhelmed by it, I can understand their problem and know how to help, it has always just felt like what I should be doing.

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  • Ryan 13/06/2016 Reply

    I was wondering about how Helen’s relationship with Jack may be seen through the eyes of someone well-versed in attachment disorders. A cursory search finds not really that many articles about the psychosocial effects of giving birth to a baby of sexual abuse.

  • Brian Snowdon 13/06/2016 Reply

    What “needs” (Achievemnet, Affliation, Power etc) do we see exhibited in Archers characters?

  • Brian Snowdon 13/06/2016 Reply

    (How) Does a regularly scheduled fictional programming combining the reassurance of an idyllic pastoral life with a combination of drama and humour provide both an anchor and a welcome distraction for patients building there psychological reserves following trauma?

  • Andrea 13/06/2016 Reply

    Indefatigability: what can we learn from Linda Snell?

  • Sylvia 13/06/2016 Reply

    I wonder what the psychological effect might be upon Raury of being the child of a relatively elderly father and step mother, being packed off to school at an early age and never being mentioned! He didn’t even go to the anniversary party as far as we know!

  • Howard 15/06/2016 Reply

    An interesting series of articles Dr Grey. I know many people have found the story line of poor Helen very hard to listen to and I have been surprised by the intensity of my own reaction to it. I would be interested in psychological perspective as to why you think it has struck such a chord with The Archers’ audience, both regular followers of the series and those like myself who dip in and out of it.

  • Purple Pumpkin 20/06/2016 Reply

    I am interested in the psychology of Rob. At times he seems to believe Helen is a weakling and he has to be strong enough for both of them, but at others he is prepared to write her off as psychotic … Is much known about the psychology of abusers like him, and/or about the victims of assault who know the perpetrator?

  • Christina 07/09/2016 Reply

    At my advanced I have been affected by the story, for marital rape happened to me, as later, did grooming by an over involved social worker. I never realised till recently that I wasn’t to blame for both. An angry and tortured pregnancy, followed by guilt for the harm my loathing of the unwanted foetus might have caused my beautiful new baby. Dogged by depression, eventual divorce. A lifetime spent searching for answers and doing my best to gain self esteem. A kind of peace established, but how I wish I had known then about love, need and power.
    Thank you production team for dealing openly and honestly with such a complicated and misunderstood aspect of human sexual psychology

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