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Supernatural Psychology in San Diego

Dr. Janina Scarlet, a licensed clinical psychologist and a (mad?) scientist, intending to take over the world with geek culture and compassion, is the mastermind behind Superhero Therapy. Superhero Therapy refers to incorporating characters from geek culture. Dr. Scarlet and fellow contributors Dr. Billy San Juan, Travis Adams, and Dr. Paul VanPortfliet have presented their analysis at Comic-Con and other cons, The Mary Sue, on the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast, and more. Works include Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind is Dark and Full of Terrors, and Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology.

Event date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
5943 Balboa Ave
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111
Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled Cover Image
By Travis Langley (Editor), Lynn S. Zubernis (Editor), Jonathan Maberry (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454926610
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sterling - November 7th, 2017

A fascinating analysis of the psychology behind the popular TV series Supernatural. 
Following the adventures of two brothers who investigate deeply strange and paranormal mysteries in their never-ending road trip, the TV show Supernatural has many fans eager to better understand the psychology behind the series' themes and characters. Through 20 essays, this collection examines such issues as

  • The role grief and trauma play in the protagonists' lives
  • The importance of music to the narrative
  • What motivates someone to hunt monsters and why we want to believe in magic
  • The various archangels and archetypes depicted
  • How people can cope with tragedy, loss, addiction, and fear to become heroes who do the right thing
  • The dynamics of fandom: how fans relate to the narrative, characters, and actors, and continue to engage with series through fanfic, social media, and other practices


Superhero Therapy: Mindfulness Skills to Help Teens and Young Adults Deal with Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma Cover Image
By Janina Scarlet, Wellinton Alves (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781684030330
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Instant Help Publications - August 1st, 2017

Psychologist Scarlet and Marvel and DC Comics illustrator Alves join forces to offer teens a dynamic, illustrated introduction to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). With this fun, self-help guide, teens discover how to vanquish anxiety, depression, anger, or shame and become their own Superhero.


Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth Cover Image
By Travis Langley (Editor), Mara Wood (Editor), Trina Robbins (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454923435
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Published: Sterling - April 4th, 2017

For 75 years, Wonder Woman has served as an inspiration to people everywhere. Wonder Woman Psychology examines this powerful superhero--who was created by famous psychologist William Moulton Marston--through 20 essays. This collection will analyze: 

  • Marston's important role in the history of forensic psychology
  • How Diana's relationship with her mother and Amazonian sisters shapes her to become a leader and the heroine called Wonder Woman
  • The ways differences in culture and gender can contribute to alienation but also to personal empowerment
  • What roles emotion, strengths, virtues, and culture shock play in heroic behavior


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