How to Buy Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

| June 7, 2012

I’m doing most of my blogging at GeekNation.com now, but that didn’t seem like the place for me to post this information for people who’ve been asking how to buy my book, Batman and Psychology:  A Dark and Stormy Knight. If you already have a copy and would like to mail it to me to […]

Why Batman?

| May 29, 2012

“Why Batman?” Most people who interview me ask that question, meaning either “Why is Batman so popular?” or “Why did you write a book about the psychology of Batman?”

The Bat of the Shadow: Batman’s Role Models

| December 18, 2011

Many people helped Bruce Wayne become a masked man fighting crime with his gadgets and fists while motivated less by the need for revenge than by the inspiration to protect others from becoming victims, values he tries to convey as a role model to others. “Remember when I said our purpose was to protect people […]

Why Robin? Why Does Batman Work with an Underage Sidekick?

| May 26, 2011

Stan Lee with John Romita, Jr. – Heroes’ Origins: Super Orphanage!

| May 25, 2011

While working on my chapter about why Batman works with a boy sidekick, I’ve been contemplating how and why the most famous superheroes all tend to be orphans. For Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man, their parents’ and surrogate parents’ deaths are integral to their origins. Daredevil too. Robin’s origin was a deliberate reflection of Batman’s own. […]

Long-Term Criminality and the Superhero’s Superego

| May 24, 2011

(…continued from “Nature, Nurture, and the Kryptonite Bomb”) We know many predictors of long-term criminality, factors that correlate with repeated lawbreaking. Among juvenile delinquents, those who did not start engaging in antisocial actions until adolescence tend to outgrow that behavior, whereas those who engaged in pre-adolescent antisocial actions do not. People who repeatedly break the […]

Nature, Nurture, and the Kryptonite Bomb

| May 23, 2011

(continued) Across media and throughout alternate histories, be they parallel universes, divergent timelines, or “imaginary stories,” one story after another suggests that Kal-El grows up to be the hero Superman because of how his adoptive parents raised him on Earth. Raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent in heartland, U.S.A., he becomes Superman. If raised instead […]

Before Tragedy, What Prepares the Future Heroes and Villains?

| May 22, 2011

During our WonderCon panel (“Trauma and Superheroes – To Become a Hero or a Villain?”), my colleagues Robin Rosenberg and Andrea Letamendi discussed how repeated trauma and stress will affect people like police officers, war veterans, and crime victims, including what role those play in nudging people into post-traumatic stress disorder or post-traumatic growth. Will […]

The Psychology of Harry Potter – Another Orphan Boy Who Grows into a Hero

| May 21, 2011

The Psychology of Harry Potter proved to be more relevant to Batman than I’d expected – so relevant, in fact, that I felt like I should never have been surprised. The book has two sections full of chapters that are very relevant to Batman, another orphan boy who grows up to be a great hero. […]

Front and Center: The Psyche of Superheroes

| February 20, 2011

Wayne Bryant interviewed me about the psyche of superheroes: What does Batman tell us about ourselves? Perhaps an even better question is, what do our thoughts about him and the fact that so many people think about Batman say about our society? Travis Langley, Ph.D., a professor at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, researches those […]