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The Psychology of Superheroes: An Unauthorized Exploration (Psychology of Popular Culture) by [Rosenberg, Robin S., Canzoneri, Jennifer]
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"Many of the authors [preeminent practicing psychologists] take their subject matter and have fun with it." --"Honolulu Weekly"

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1166 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop (1 Mar. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D840A
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #730,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Okay, but not much here that is not already widely known in the field of psychology. Seems to be
rather forced, in that there really is not a lot of psychological insight that can be gained from the comic
super hero genre. Yes people want to be super, and heroes, and have super powers, and yes comics are written
and made by such people as to have these desires or impulses. But is this original, and does this book really
answer burning questions, and presented in a good way? An average read,, but nothing new here.
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A thoughtful approach for A' level Media/Film Studies. The price was good and the service swift.
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There is precious little to recommend this. Each chapter is half an idea, poorly spun out. I would give it the supers-swerve
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great start- piques curiosity but doesn't explain much 22 Dec. 2015
By Sadiekins - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband and I are enjoying this book. However, it is not exactly what I was hoping it would be. I was so excited by the table of contents, lots of concepts into which I would love to dive deeper. It has been great for stimulating conversation but not as clever or intricate as I expected. It is not very well synthesized; it is a serious of essays on different superhero related topics. The essays were clearly written independently. The psychology is somewhat superficial, and the concepts are a bit simplistic. This is great for kids or superhero beginners. I would have enjoyed more in depth, provocative explorations. It just taps on a few psychology buzzwords and good questions without really answering much.
5.0 out of 5 stars For the kid in me..... 14 Sept. 2015
By Mesha - Published on Amazon.com
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Other than my enjoyment of watching superhero films, this book gave me so much confidence in my future goal of becoming a college professor. , I, even, found ideas I plan to use for my classes in urban sociology. These writers are, license, psychiatrist and psychologist who've taken a psychological aspect of the superhereos we've grown to love. I, even, found out about Frank Castle, whose story is quite a read. It is refreshing to know there are people, grown adults, who were able to find something more interesting than people fighting crime, or villians who want to create havoc. It was worth the read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing anthology on comic book superheroes 29 Aug. 2014
By B. R. Tong - Published on Amazon.com
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An interesting and varied collection of essays on an understanding of super-familiar American comic book superheroes. This would be useful as a supplemental (not required) text in undergraduate (and perhaps even graduate) courses like personality theory, psychopathology and social psychology. A number of pieces are thoughtful if not deeply critical; others are pedestrian. A nice read on leisurely weekends at the beach.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, witty and intriguing 24 Feb. 2008
By Malvin - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Psychology of Superheroes" by Robin S. Rosenberg (editor) is an outstanding collection of eighteen essays about the insights we can gain in human psychology by studying the behavior of comic book superheroes. Almost all of the authors are college professors or doctoral candidates in psychology who expertly blend their professional knowledge with their love of comics. The result is a clever, witty and intriguing book that should appeal to anyone interested in psychology or pop culture.

Several authors dedicate their essays to studing how individual superheroes fit or deviate from standard psychological models and practices. For example, Christopher Patrick and Sarah Patrick contend that the Incredible Hulk suffers from a textbook example of reactive aggression triggered by the extreme physical and emotional maltreatment he suffered as a youth. Robert Biswas-Diener finds that the Spider-Man alter ego allows Peter Parker to gain encouragement through performance and an increase in personal happiness in general accordance with positive psychology theory. On the other hand, Bradley Daniels informs us that the insanity plea seems to be used far more frequently in the comics than in real life; and thankfully, no realworld mental institution exists that is as easily escapable as Gotham's notorious Arkham Asylum.

The moral behavior of superheroes is discussed in several pieces. Peter DeScioli and Robert Kurzban compare and contrast the absolutist ethics of Superman with the more complex utilitarian ethics of Batman, who nonetheless retains a consistent sense of purpose to ensure socially just outcomes. Andrew Getzfeld suggests that The Punisher's moral outrage over the murder of his family compels him to engage in an extreme form of vigilantism that, unfortunately, would probably remain intractable even if he was afforded the benefit of intensive clinical treatment.

Other articles shed light on the psychology of groups, institutions and society. Mikhail Lyubansky shows how the X-Men embody the ideology of tolerance and diversity within the walls of the Xavier Institute but are unfairly scapegoated for their enviable talents by human society. Chuck Tate studies the history of Wonder Woman to discuss how changing societal attitudes towards women has made the struggle to depict a strong, independent woman to remain a highly problematic task.

These are just a few of the many remarkable essays contained in this fun, intelligent book. It is highly recommended to everyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superhero fans, check this out. 7 Aug. 2015
By ladyvader - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book to be really revealing. It was good to put things in the super hero perspective. If you are a super hero fan, pick it up, its actually pretty interesting.
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