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Psychology of Taylor Swift Songs

Shannon Holleran, PhD.
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In this 8-week course, we will analyze Taylor Swift songs with psychological theories.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
We will learn about identity, self-esteem, the connection between happiness & relationships, and avoidant personality disorder. During each lesson we will analyze Taylor Swift lyrics I provide and we will work on thinking about these themes in lyrics learners provide.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
We will learn about the need to belong, a study about the connection between friendship & self-esteem, a study about loneliness & the brain, & how loneliness changes over time.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Honor & Integrity
We will discuss the personality trait honesty-humility, a study on lying behavior, & the connection between authenticity & happiness.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
We will learn about rumination, the connection between negative mood & cognition, and a study on how people feel after taking revenge.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
We will learn about major depressive disorder and a case study about depression & psychosis.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Deception & Secrets
We will discuss a person's ability to detect a lie, narcissism, a study about the connection between narcissism & relationships, and how narcissism changes over time.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
We will learn about Erikson's theory of psychosocial development, terror management theory, and a study about fame.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
We will discuss social psychological theories of love and what leads to friendship & attraction.
I have a PhD in psychology from the University of Arizona. I've taught college courses in psychology for over ten years.
Homework Offered
I will provide a worksheet for learners to complete after each lesson.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
I will choose articles from top academic psychological journals such as Psychological Science and Psychological Bulletin. 
Joined June, 2021
Teacher expertise and credentials
Doctoral Degree in Psychology
Welcome! I'm a social/personality psychologist. This means I look at how the people around us and our personality traits impact our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

I'm passionate about making psychology relatable to everyday life. In my... 
Group Class


weekly or $200 for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Completed by 11 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-16
3-12 learners per class

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