This week, Summer talks with Dr Travis Langley, psychology professor at Henderson State University and aficionado of the connections between pop culture and psychology. His earlier books include “Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight”, and “Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead”, but his newest collection is “Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind”.
We talk about the connections people form with both heroes and villains, and how using the broad appeal of pop culture helps get more people interested in the psychological aspects of their favorite characters, and quite possibly in themselves as well.
Travis also talks about what he thinks makes Star Wars resonate with so many people, why the original trilogy films and the prequel trilogy films may cause such arguments among fans, and how some psychology professionals use pop culture references to help work with clients.
And stay tuned… future volumes on Game of Thrones, Doctor Who and Star Trek are on the way!
It’s not the holiday season… this year, it’s Star Wars season.
“Heroes and Villains” column (Psychology Today): http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/beyond-heroes-and-villains
Travis Langley and the Psych Geeks: facebook.com/ThePsychGeeks
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