On the sofa with TV therapist Sally Baker
I love my work – I get to combine my enjoyment of reality TV with everything I’ve learnt professionally in over almost twenty years in private practice as a therapist.
Welcome to my ‘On the Sofa’ podcast.
For two months of summer 2019 I will mainly focus on the human behaviour and body language of the contestants on ITVs Love Island Series 5.
Everyone who loves people watching can understand how Love Island offers insights in to how people think and feel about themselves. They may look like gods with their perfect faces and bodies but the TV series lets us see that they have the same human frailties as the rest of us mere mortals.
With the Love Island contestants their vulnerability is hidden in plain sight. The clues are in their pauses in conversation and the physical micro-indicators they make like touching their face, fiddling with their hair or if their body language is open or closed.
All these unconscious signals are expressions of their true feelings and are also tell-tale indicators of when they are lying.
All human nature is here in high-resolution. We get to watch in close-up as relationships form and develop right in front of our eyes. We also get to see the fall-out when people feel betrayed or let down too.
What we see nightly from the comfort of our sofas is usually played out in real life in private and almost always in less exotic settings!
You might think of Love Island as just trash TV, but it offers us the spark for many of the important conversations of our time especially with our young people who watch the series in their millions.
Love Island: What do the latest rumours tell us?
Rumours about who will be taking part in Love Island Series 5 are breaking in the press every day. As are what ITV plans to do with Casa Amor, the lie detector episode and the one where the contestants get to hear what the trolls have been saying about them.
This season is going to be a tough one for ITV to get right with the challenge of making 8 weeks of exciting reality TV while the mental health of none of the contestants suffer. OFCOM will be watching their every move while we viewers will be eagerly making our own judgments about this year’s cohort.
One thing for sure though is that the rumoured contestants are going to be the most media savvy ever selected. It will be interesting to see if a more knowing bunch of contestants behave differently on the Island than previous contestants. Will they be hyper aware of how they behave knowing their every move will be judged from the comfort of our sofas?