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The Psychology of Superheroes

An Unauthorized Exploration

The Psychology of Superheroes by Robin S. Rosenberg
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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.
BenBella Books, Inc.; March 2008
272 pages; ISBN 9781935251361
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Title: The Psychology of Superheroes
Author: Robin S. Rosenberg; Jennifer Canzoneri