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The Psychology of Superheroes : An Unauthorized Exploration - Robin S. Rosenberg

The Psychology of Superheroes

An Unauthorized Exploration

By: Robin S. Rosenberg (Editor), Jennifer Canzoneri (Editor)

Paperback Published: 9th February 2008
ISBN: 9781933771311
Number Of Pages: 259

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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.

"Many of the authors [preeminent practicing psychologists] take their subject matter and have fun with it." --"Honolulu Weekly"

Introductionp. 1
The Positive Psychology of Superheroesp. 5
The Social Psychology of the Justice League of Americap. 19
Superman's Personalityp. 29
Anti-Heroism in the Continuum of Good and Evilp. 51
Positive Psychology of Peter Parkerp. 65
Prejudice Lessons from the Xavier Institutep. 75
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Superherop. 91
Is There a Superhero in All of Us?p. 105
Mind-Reading Superheroesp. 119
An Appetite for Destructionp. 135
The Stereotypical (Wonder) Womanp. 147
What Would Freud Say?p. 163
Coming to Terms with Bizarrop. 175
Coping with Stress ... the Superhero Wayp. 187
Arkham Asylump. 201
The Incredible Hulkp. 213
Gender Typicality and Extremity in Popular Culturep. 229
Cracking the Superhero's Moral Codep. 245
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ISBN: 9781933771311
ISBN-10: 1933771313
Series: Psychology of Popular Culture
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 259
Published: 9th February 2008
Publisher: BenBella Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.34