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The Psychology of Superheroes: An Unauthorized Exploration (Psychology of Popular Culture)

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Unmasking superhuman abilities and double lives, this analysis showcases nearly two dozen psychologists as their essays explore the minds of pop culture’s most intriguing and daring superheroes, including Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, and the X-Men. Exposing the inner thoughts that these reclusive heroes would only dare share with trained professionals, heady experts give detailed psychoanalyses of what makes specific superheroes tick while answering such questions as Why do superheroes choose to be superheroes? Why is there so much prejudice against the X-Men mutants? What makes Spider-Man so altruistic? and Why are supervillains so aggressive? Additionally, the essays tackle why superheroes have such an enduring effect on American culture.

Synopsis:

This latest installment in the Psychology of Popular Culture series turns its focus to superheroes. Superheroes have survived and fascinated for more than 70 years in no small part due to their psychological depth.

In The Psychology of Superheroes, almost two dozen psychologists get into the heads of todays most popular and intriguing superheroes. Why do superheroes choose to be superheroes? Where does Spider-Mans altruism come from, and what does it mean? Why is there so much prejudice against the X-Men, and how could they have responded to it, other than the way they did? Why are super-villains so aggressive? The Psychology of Superheroes answers these questions, exploring the inner workings our heroes usually only share with their therapists.

About the Author

Robin Rosenberg, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and coauthor of Abnormal Psychology, Fundamental of Psychology, and Psychology in Context. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933771311
Author:
Rosenberg, Robin
Publisher:
Benbella Books
With:
Canzoneri, Jennifer
Other:
Rosenberg, Robin S.
Editor:
Rosenberg, PhD, Robin
Editor:
Rosenberg, Robin S.
Author:
Rosenberg, Robin S.
Author:
Canzoneri, Jennifer
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Self-actualization (psychology)
Subject:
Psychology : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Psychology of Popular Culture
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
259
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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This latest installment in the Psychology of Popular Culture series turns its focus to superheroes. Superheroes have survived and fascinated for more than 70 years in no small part due to their psychological depth.

In The Psychology of Superheroes, almost two dozen psychologists get into the heads of todays most popular and intriguing superheroes. Why do superheroes choose to be superheroes? Where does Spider-Mans altruism come from, and what does it mean? Why is there so much prejudice against the X-Men, and how could they have responded to it, other than the way they did? Why are super-villains so aggressive? The Psychology of Superheroes answers these questions, exploring the inner workings our heroes usually only share with their therapists.

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