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Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

Format:  Paperback,

352 pages

Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

Publish Date: Jun 2012

ISBN-13: 9781118167656

ISBN-10: 1118167651

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A journey behind the mask and into the mind of Gotham City's Caped Crusader, timed for the summer 2012 release of "The Dark Knight Rises"

Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in "Detective Comics" #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say "about" us? "Batman and Psychology" explores these and other intriguing questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD? Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner? Why are his most intimate relationships with "bad girls" he ought to lock up? And why won't he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?

  • Gives you fresh insights into the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham City
  • Explains psychological theory and concepts through the lens of one of the world's most popular comic book characters
  • Written by a psychology professor and "Superherologist" (scholar of superheroes)

Specifications

Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Publish Date: Jun 2012
ISBN-13: 9781118167656
ISBN-10: 1118167651
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 9.25 x 1.25

Chapter outline

Acknowledgments: My Bat-Family
Foreword
Introduction
Beneath the Cowl: Who Is Batman?
Which Batman?
Case File 2-1: King Tut
Case File 2-2: Mr. Freeze
The Trauma
Why the Mask?
Why the Bat?
Case File 5-1: Scarecrow
Case File 5-2: Hugo Strange
The "Superstitious, Cowardly Lot": Criminal Nature
Case File 6-1: Bane
The Halloween Party: Why All the Costumed Crooks?
Case File 7-1: The Riddler
Case File 7-2: The Penguin
Case File 7-3: Poison Ivy
The Madhouse: What Insanity?
Case File 8-1: The Mad Hatter
Case File 8-2: Harley Quinn
Case File 8-3: The Joker
The Psychodynamic Duo: Freud and Jung on Batman and Robin
Case File 9-1: Two-Face
The Kids: Why Robin?
Case File 10-1: Red Hood
Case File 10-2: Dr. Fredric Wertham
The Women: Why the Cat?
Case File 11-1: Catwoman
The Fathers: Why Do We Fall?
Case File 12-1: Ras al Ghul
Why So Serious?
The Assessment: Bats in His Belfry?
Notes
References: Comic Books and Graphic Novels
References: Not Comic Books or Graphic Novels
Index

Book description

A journey behind the mask and into the mind of Gotham City's Caped Crusader, timed for the summer 2012 release of The Dark Knight Rises

Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say about us? Batman and Psychology explores these and other intriguing questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD? Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner? Why are his most intimate relationships with "bad girls" he ought to lock up? And why won't he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?

  • Gives you fresh insights into the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham City
  • Explains psychological theory and concepts through the lens of one of the world's most popular comic book characters
  • Written by a psychology professor and "Superherologist" (scholar of superheroes)

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Very Captivating This isn't really my reviewThis is my observation. My son who is 13 decide after 12 years of hating batman, that batman is now cool because he is not a super hero he's a rich man with a lot of toys. Well, my son HAD to have this book, and he has always been over developed in the maturity of the books he reads. The last one was on the political views and ideas that Hitler thought could bring peace to a country. He hates Hitler, but could make sense of some of his theories. So, that explains the kind of teen I'm talking about.HE LOVES this book, he enjoys how the author will evaluate the character and explain why the possibilities of the childhood environmental factors played a role in creating the personality disorders associated with the character. Oh and here's a spoiler. I'm told "Penguin" is the only one without a disorder.So this is a hear say review and he loves it! 09/20/2012
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