The psychology of superheroes : an unauthorized exploration by Robin S. Rosenberg

By Robin S. Rosenberg

This most modern installment within the Psychology of pop culture sequence turns its concentration to superheroes. Superheroes have survived and interested for greater than 70 years in no small half as a result of their mental depth.

In The Psychology of Superheroes, nearly dozen psychologists get into the heads of today’s preferred and interesting superheroes. Why do superheroes decide to be superheroes? the place does Spider-Man’s altruism come from, and what does it suggest? Why is there loads prejudice opposed to the X-Men, and the way may well they've got replied to it, except the best way they did? Why are super-villains so competitive? The Psychology of Superheroes solutions those questions, exploring the interior workings our heroes frequently simply proportion with their therapists.

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S e o r e rh f o y og l o h c y s P The e p Su Robin S. D. Superman’s Personality: From Krypton, Kansas, or Both? How much of Superman’s—and Clark Kent’s—personality arises from innate qualities he inherited from his Kryptonian parents and how much of his personality was formed by his upbringing with the Kents on a farm in Kansas? What would Superman be like if his rocket had landed near New York City and he was raised there—how different would he be? In this essay, Rosenberg explores the answers to these and related questions about Superman’s personality as seen through the lens of psychological research on these topics and provides an explanation for why Superman’s simplistic morality: good versus evil, right versus wrong.

The BAS is associated with sociability, a tendency to prefer to be in the company of others versus to be alone; people who have an easily activated BAS are more likely to be outgoing people and seek out novel stimuli. In contrast, the behavioral inhibition system (BIS) is the biological system that motivates us to withdraw from or avoid stimuli; the BIS also initiates anxiety and is activated when we respond to punishment or threats. ). ). ). Let’s examine what might apply to Superman’s BAS, assuming that Kryptonian temperament is similar to that of humans: Superman is not generally depicted as a social butterfly.

How does this apply to Clark? We can infer that he was securely attached to his Kryptonian mother, Lara; had he not been, he would not have become similarly attached to the Kents and had such a loving relationship with them. Clark seems to have been an easy child to superman’s personality 35 love, also indicating a secure attachment. ” Birth Order Another environmental factor that impacts personality is birth order. On Krypton, Kal-el was an only child, and in the Kent household he continued to be an only child—how might this have shaped his personality?

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