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Psychology of Dexter: 224 (Psychology of Popular Culture) [Paperback]

Leah Wilson
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23 Sep 2010 Psychology of Popular Culture
Finally, a book analysing the psychologically complex characters of "Dexter", the hit US show. Dexter Morgan: Police forensic analyst. Family man. Serial killer. And the star of "Dexter". Aimed at "Dexter" devotees and armchair psychologists, "The Psychology of Dexter" takes on the psychological complexities of the popular series with an eye towards insight and accessibility. It analyses not just the title character, but his family, co-workers, and even his viewers. What makes Dexter tick? And what makes a show about a serial killer so appealing to those of us at home? From the implications of faking normalcy (could it be behind Dexter's still-in-progress emotional growth?) to where the show weights in on the psychological debate between nature and nurture, "The Psychology of Dexter" gives fans a peek inside Dexter's - and Dexter's - psyche.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ben Bella (23 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193525197X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935251972
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 16.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leah Wilson graduated from Duke University with a degree in Culture and Modern Fiction and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Smart Pop at BenBella Books. Leah is the editor of Perfectly Plum and Ardeur and the co-editor on Immortal, Coffee at Luke's, and Serenity Found, among other Smart Pop titles. She lives in Cambridge, US.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely delightful 17 July 2011
This book is comprised of essays written by different people who appear to know what they're talking about. As a psychology student, I recognised a few things discussed in some of the essays, however even if I didn't, the subjects were explained just enough for a non-psychology professor to grasp (and whatever I didn't understand, I Googled). This book gives a different spin on dearly beloved Dexter, and while, as a big fan of both the TV show and the books, I was loathe to read some of the horrible explanations as to 'Why Dexter Kills', some of the theories did ring somewhat true. I especially enjoyed the Freudian and Jungian theories, and the unique way in which each writer argued their case.

A surprising delight to read; not an easy read, but it definitely gets your brain ticking over. I wouldn't recommend this to people who don't like picking apart their favourite books or TV shows, but if you don't mind other discussions, pick this book up. The price isn't bad, and I'm surprised that nobody has reviewed this yet.

Only 4 stars because of course each essay is written differently, and it takes a while to change gears and grasp what each person is saying. Not to be read in one sitting, and it took me a while to absorb each theory. However, the researchers were very thorough, and their references to the TV show (and in one case the books as well) were, as far as I could tell, extremely accurate. Pick this book up if you fancy a host of different spins on why Dexter does what he does - and why we enjoy watching him do so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey into the Mind of a Serial Killer 16 July 2012
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A very interesting look at the possible psycological interpretations of the motives behind Dexter and his co-characters.

It is set out into chapters each written by a different psychologist. Views and opinions therefore vary and I must admit found some ideas difficult to agree with. As a beloved fictional character a viewer inevitably develops their own sense of the motivations and drives behind Dexter. It is therefore best to approach this book with a dispassionate eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 29 Jan 2014
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Really interesting read but definitely based on the TV show with little references to the books. Very easy to follow regardless of background
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 27 Nov 2013
I'm doing a paper on this series, and also as fan of Tv shows, I really enjoyd picking my brain around some of their ideas. The only that makes me feel sorry in this book, it's that only goes as far as the 4 season, because I would really like to read what some of this authors would have to say about the caracter of Lumen, and Dr. Voguel, and of course the ending of the series, whitch some of them actually predict on theirn essays.
Absolutly recomend this book for an Fan. Psychology of Dexter: 224 (Psychology of Popular Culture)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serial killing from a psychological viewpoint 3 Nov 2013
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Quite interesting, a series of psychologists analyse the reasons and motives for Dexter's curious hobby. Obviously, the story is that a person subjected to such a dire trauma as an infant could well be moved to become a serial killer for motives of vengeance or taking control. But was it really inevitable as Harry thought, or could something have been done? I would like this book to be updated in view of season 8, to discuss the role Evelyn Vogel played in creating "the tidy monster"
(my personal view of Vogel was that she was quite poor at her job: her so-called successes included a murdering foot fetishist and a cannibal, and I think Dexter's success was his own doing)
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