By Josué Cardona
A friend and colleague recently referred to Geek Therapy as a movement. This is a person who shares many of my passions and who I admire greatly so hearing her say this meant a lot. I thought it was a very bold statement but if she called it a movement, then it's officially a movement. (Throughout all of this I'm assuming she was being serious when she called it a "movement"...)
The statement made me think about what Geek Therapy is and helped me put it into perspective.
I am not the first person to use the phrase. I've seen and heard people use the word to refer to just doing something Geeky that feels good, like watching a few episodes of your favorite show or getting that new game. Along those same lines, I refer to Geek Therapy as a clinical application of Geek Culture in therapy. I am a licensed psychotherapist so a lot of content on this site will likely lean toward a mental health perspective.
In general, I am just a guy who loves to see video games, comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, and technology applied in creative and innovative ways to help others. That's how GeekTherapy.com came about. Some examples of the type of things that I get excited about and I think define the movement include:
Those are examples of the growing trends I'm seeing. That's the Geek Therapy movement. GeekTherapy.com is its own thing. Ultimately, GeekTherapy.com is what me and my colleagues make it. So here are some of my hopes for GeekTherapy.com:
That's a lot... and I'm missing a few things on that list.
So join the growing movement! Join our tribe! Join me and my colleagues in combining Geek culture with other fields, share your stories, let us know if you want to learn more, and/or if you want to participate in any way. We'll do our part by appearing at cons, presenting, podcasting, blogging, curating, and talking to anyone and everyone who wants to discuss this topic further.