Stranger Things & Psychology Part 3: Hopper's Cabin

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Hopper’s Cabin: Inside the Heart of a Hero

“It’s a work-in-progress, you know, It’s uh… It takes a little imagination, but uh…you know, once we fix it up, it’s gonna be nice…real nice. This is your new home.”
                                                                                       –Jim Hopper, Stranger Things, S2, Episode 3

In Season 2 of Stranger Things, we become reunited with Eleven at Jim Hopper’s secret cabin. This location, serving as a haven—at times a prison for Eleven— is much more than a roof and four walls. More interestingly, this simple old cabin is an allegory for the heart of Chief Hopper, and the profound changes it undergoes throughout the season.

Stranger Things & Psychology Part 2: Jim Hopper

One of the fantastic aspects of Stranger Things is that it is one of those series that truly makes use of its characters. No character is left undeveloped. Jim Hopper is one of those characters who undergoes a very painful process throughout both seasons.

Stranger Things & Psychology Part 1: Will Byers

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The second season of Stranger Things was as amazing as I imagined it would be, and it definitely answered a lot of questions while leaving room for more. I had so many thoughts after I finished watching it, but I think I better pace myself and maybe break it up into a few posts. First off, I have to say, I was very happy that they sprinkled in a bit of psych here and there, and that some of the things I'd been wondering about were also covered in the Beyond Stranger Things interviews hosted by Jim Rash. If you haven't had a chance to watch those, I suggest you do! It will be worth it. If anything, you'll get a look at how the actors see their characters and the reasoning behind their behaviors, not to mention learning a bit of history about the Duffer brothers.

In this post, I share some thoughts about Will and how we can use current psychological knowledge, not to "diagnose" him, but to try to understand his experience. This DOES include spoilers for both seasons!