This is a short video (3.10 minutes) realised by The National Geographic “The psychology of Game of Thrones”. On this video, the psychologist Travis Langley discusses how Game of Thrones affects the mind. I suggest that you read the vocabulary list before watching the video. Watch it a first time, then read the sentences in the exercise. After that, watch the video a second time and try to fill in the gaps. You can find a free PDF version with answers below.
- Warrior: a person who fights in battle or war., known for having courage, a great vigour and skills.
- To cope with something: to manage, to deal successfully with or handle a situation.
Ex. The book is about coping with stress.
- To shut down: to cause (an opponent) to be unsuccessful, unable to score; to close temporarily; to stop operating.
Ex. There’s no way to shut down the simulation.
- Injury: harm or damage.
Ex. John couldn’t compete in the race because he had an injury.
- Revenge: the act of doing something to hurt someone because that person did something that hurt you; to take vengeance for.
Ex. Nothing good ever came from seeking revenge.
- Recurring: happening many times, or happening again.
Ex. This has been my recurring dream for the last 50 years.
- To restore: to bring back a situation or feeling that existed before.
Ex. The order was restored after the riots.
Fill in the gaps in the following sentences
- Travis: I am a psychology professor, a big __________, and I love using fiction to talk about real psychology.
- Neil: So what’s the takeaway from all this violence in the minds of who’s ____________________ audience?
- Travis: We know that in experiments that watching violence produces short-term effects on someone’s __________________.
- Travis: That’s interesting because if you could __________________, that would be an amazing advance in our understanding of the psychological state of ________________.
- Travis: There are people who, as a form of _______________ with horrible situations, do shut ___________ parts of themselves.
- Neil: Tell me about the psychology of __________________.
- Travis: And when we feel __________________, when something horrible has happened that made us feel helpless, it’s hard to maintain a sense of _________________ strong.
- Travis: And I always said I really think “Game of Thrones” is so popular because of the psychology of the __________________. It’s not about the dragons, the White __________________, or the magic. It’s about the human ______________.
- Travis: They hadn’t ________________ dragons in a long time. For most of them, they’re __________________ about dragons–the of dragons.
- Neil: Thank you for sharing your psychological __________________.
Downloadable PDF version (with answers): the-psychology-of-game-of-thrones-startalk-listening-comprehension-free-english-materials-for-you