'House' and Psychology: Humanity Is Overrated

  • by Ted Cascio (editor), Leonard L. Martin (editor)
  • Narrated by Pete Larkin
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An irresistible look within the mind and behind the hit TV drama, House.
While House is a smart medical drama and Gregory House faces countless ethical quandaries as a doctor, what makes the show unique is that it's much more deeply rooted in psychology than in medicine. At its core, House is a show about the mind and human behavior. Gregory House is a medical genius and a Sherlock Holmesian figure, but he's also a deeply troubled misanthrope. What's going on inside the brain of this beloved, arrogant, cane-waving curmudgeon that is so appealing? House and Psychology tackles this question and explores the latest findings in brain science research, defines addiction in its many forms, and diagnoses dysfunctional relationships, all using test cases at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital. This book:

Offers a revealing psychological profile of Gregory House and his team
Uses the latest psychological theory and research to answer questions ranging from "How does House handle addiction?" to "Why does he act like such a jerk?"
Features contributions from a group of world-renowned psychological experts who also happen to love House
Essential listening for every House fan, House and Psychology will help you discover the extraordinary mental universe of your favorite brilliant, bombastic, bile-belching doctor of medicine.


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Good hanging out inside House's head!

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House M.D is one of my favorite shows that I've never felt bored watching it over and over again. The main theme of having a "hero" or a main character that is not perfect/mental/truthful and in fact an addicted Dr. on pain killers that walks using a cane and not afraid to be different or deviate from the main stream is very compelling!

This is my first experience with Audio books, I got it from audible.com and I was hesitant before joining it as I'm a booknerd that "paper_book_everything!" kinda mentality. I'm not new to listening or watching audio/video lectures, however, what I'm used to is that kind of interactive or storytelling approach that makes me interact with it on different mental levels. While audio books narrative is based on a single-theme or one-level monotone, it was a bit hard to relate at the beginning and accept until I was way through the book. Also, I found myself focusing on the content the most whenever I listened to it before sleeping where I'm not multi-tasking anymore!

Back to the book! It contains around 17 essays that was written from different researchers trying to analyze the psychological aspects of this series. It varied from very well-written and interesting articles to OK ones that discussed the ABC of psychology, addiction, manners, arrogance, brilliance, mockery, humor and how a single character/person demolish your pre-judgmental image of professionals who works under pressure or being scrutinized on a daily basis.

The interesting part from this whole book is that this is a light read that helps non-specialized interested people in psychology to read and relate to examples from their favorite TV shows. From House to Wilson to Cuddy to Chase and Cameron and Forman, it is very easy to relate to these topics while remembering events and scenes from the show.

The editors advised us at the very first page, "Take caution: you're about to enter the extraordinary mental universe of the brilliant, bombastic, bile-belching doctor of medicine referred to simply as House. How's that for a hook? No good? Okay, scratch that."

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios