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The Psychology of Superheroes : An Unauthorized Exploration
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.
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1 . Mixed bag.
Posted July 19, 2012 by William Booke , New Orleans, LAReadable, sometimes interesting, but disjointed. The chapters are an odd mix of articles on different topics. The birth order thing was a stretch. Daniels' chapter on Arkham Asylum was hands down the best thing in the book. It's not always clear how much these authors even really know their subject matter, on both the psychology and the superheroes.
February 29, 2008
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