The Psychology of Superheroes – And Why We Love Them!

March 30, 2017 98 4 No Comments


Join Carlos as he explores the psychology of superheroes with Dr. Rosenberg. Why do we love superheroes? What message do they portray to society?

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Robin S. Rosenberg is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Menlo Park and San Francisco, California. She is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and has been certified in clinical hypnosis. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and President of the Santa Clara County Psychological Association, and is a member of the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She has taught psychology classes at Lesley University and Harvard University.

This latest installment in the Psychology of Popular Culture series turns its focus to superheroes. Superheroes have survived and fascinated for more than 70 years in no small part due to their psychological depth.

In The Psychology of Superheroes, almost two dozen psychologists get into the heads of today’s most popular and intriguing superheroes. Why do superheroes choose to be superheroes? Where does Spider-Man’s altruism come from, and what does it mean? Why is there so much prejudice against the X-Men, and how could they have responded to it, other than the way they did? Why are super-villains so aggressive? The Psychology of Superheroes answers these questions, exploring the inner workings our heroes usually only share with their therapists.

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