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Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight by [Langley, Travis]
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"As a result, the book is much less dry and much more entertaining than many of the others which populate the ever-growing field of texts about pop culture and the sciences. Rather than just telling us what we should know or think about Batman, the book supplements our own interest in the hero, and provokes us to think more about what's going on in his head." ("Starpulse.com," 28 July 2012)

"Each book up there is worthwhile reading, and I heartily recommend every one. Pointing out that they're either not about psychology or not specifically about Batman does not detract from any of the great things they have to say." ("Geek Nation," 12 June 2012)

"Simply speaking, this is my pick for the best book of 2012. A fantastic look into the inner workings of one of comic book's most compelling, dynamic characters; a masterfully written analysis/love note to the Dark Knight."" ("MoviesWithButter.com," 21 July 2012)

"Langley's excellent book is interesting in that -- unlike most writers who've written about Wertham and the Comics Code, he allows that Dr. Wertham was, in most respects, quite a valuable member of society. Wertham did a lot of good -- he was a civil rights advocate whose work was cited in the landmark Supreme Court case "Brown v. Board of Education".""" ("Blood, Dirt & Angels," 21 July 2012)

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As a result, the book is much less dry and much more entertaining than many of the others which populate the ever-growing field of texts about pop culture and the sciences. Rather than just telling us what we should know or think about Batman, the book supplements our own interest in the hero, and provokes us to think more about what's going on in his head. ("Starpulse.com," 28 July 2012)

Each book up there is worthwhile reading, and I heartily recommend every one. Pointing out that they re either not about psychology or not specifically about Batman does not detract from any of the great things they have to say. ("Geek Nation," 12 June 2012)

Simply speaking, this is my pick for the best book of 2012. A fantastic look into the inner workings of one of comic book's most compelling, dynamic characters; a masterfully written analysis/love note to the Dark Knight."" ("MoviesWithButter.com," 21 July 2012)

Langley s excellent book is interesting in that unlike most writers who ve written about Wertham and the Comics Code, he allows that Dr. Wertham was, in most respects, quite a valuable member of society. Wertham did a lot of good he was a civil rights advocate whose work was cited in the landmark Supreme Court case "Brown v. Board of Education"." " ("Blood, Dirt & Angels," 21 July 2012)"

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As a result, the book is much less dry and much more entertaining than many of the others which populate the ever-growing field of texts about pop culture and the sciences. Rather than just telling us what we should know or think about Batman, the book supplements our own interest in the hero, and provokes us to think more about what's going on in his head. (Starpulse.com, 28 July 2012)

Each book up there is worthwhile reading, and I heartily recommend every one. Pointing out that they re either not about psychology or not specifically about Batman does not detract from any of the great things they have to say. (Geek Nation, 12 June 2012)

Simply speaking, this is my pick for the best book of 2012. A fantastic look into the inner workings of one of comic book's most compelling, dynamic characters; a masterfully written analysis/love note to the Dark Knight."" (MoviesWithButter.com, 21 July 2012)

Langley s excellent book is interesting in that unlike most writers who ve written about Wertham and the Comics Code, he allows that Dr. Wertham was, in most respects, quite a valuable member of society. Wertham did a lot of good he was a civil rights advocate whose work was cited in the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education. (Blood, Dirt & Angels, 21 July 2012)

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From the Back Cover

Does the Dark Knight have bats in his belfry?

Why does Batman really wear a costume to fight crime?

Why are his most intimate relationships with "bad girls" he ought to lock up?

And why won′t he kill that homicidal clown?

Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in 1939′s Detective Comics #27. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us so much? Batman and Psychology examines the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham City. What would Freud, Jung, and other professionals say about how childhood trauma spawned his life′s mission? Is Batman neurotic? Psychotic? Does he have PTSD, OCD, or any other mental illness? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner, Robin? What psychopathologies lurk in the minds of supervillains like the Joker, the Riddler, Two–Face, and Catwoman? Are they really rogues and villains, or simply misunderstood victims of a heartless society? Do Batman and his foes depend on each other?

Combining psychological theory with the latest in psychological research, Batman and Psychology takes you on an unprecedented journey behind the mask and into the dark mind of your favorite Caped Crusader and his never–ending war on crime.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2529 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (22 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DNL374E
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Interesting, informative and fun. This book helped me formulate a different take on an assignment during my Psychology degree course.

A must for anyone looking for an insight into Batman and his supporting cast.
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A smart, highly readable trip through the primary theories and frameworks of psychology using Batman, his associates and the villains who haunt Gotham as case studies.

Highly enjoyable and for me a passageway to the Batman stories, which I am enjoying with the added insights from Dr Langley.
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This book is for anyone with an interest in batman or psychology, The author relates proven psychology theories to the actions of bruce wayne, both as himself and the batman, questioning if he has any DSM recognised mental health conditions. Although batman is a fictional character, this is a fantastic way to see how theories are proved or disproved.
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This is a superb read not only due to my own professional interest in psychology but also because the author clearly shares a love of comic books as well. It is written in such an accessible manner that i would have no problem reccomending it to students and laymen alike, it also reminded me of some of the curious events of Batmans life in the past, the whole Crisis thing etc. very good as it doesnt always try to take itself too seriously!
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An excellent introduction to psychology utilising case studies that are familiar rather than the usual anonymous members of the general public often cited in textbooks and essays. To explain a complicated emotional idea by saying 'look at this guy, that's exactly what I mean', keeps everything simple and straightforward and digestible. This book is perfect for anyone who knows very little about psychology and a lot about Batman, or for their counterparts, those who know a lot of psychology but think that comics are just for kids and are irrelevant to the mature modern reader.
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