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, Jenna Busch, and Alan Kistler, have presented their analysis at Comic-Con and other cons, The Mary Sue, on the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast, and more. Just in time for anticipation of the December 18 on-screen reboot of the Star Wars Universe, they will be discussing Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind. Dr. Scarlet also authored a chapter in The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead on Posttraumatic Stress Disorders as seen in the series.
From the very start, the Star Wars series created a compelling and complex universe. In advance of the highly anticipated new movie, this essay collection offers a fascinating and unauthorized psychological analysis of George Lucas's richly rendered world. A group of expert contributors examines such topics as family ties, Jedi qualities, masculinity, girl power, and the values embodied in both the "dark" and "light" sides of this spellbinding world.
"The Walking Dead "depicts a postapocalyptic world filled with relentless violence and death. How would such trauma affect the psyche? Nineteen fascinating essays explore the deep psychological forces that drive the show's action, from the costs of killing and survivor guilt to the consequences of nonstop stress and the struggle to find meaning in tragedy. "The Walking Dead Psychology "helps fans better grasp this compelling fictional universe.
Alan Kistler cohosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast. Recognized as a comic book historian by CNN, he has written for MTV.com, Wired.com, and ComicBookResources.com, and he has spoken at the Paley Center for Media on Star Trek and vampire fiction and at Geek Girl Con on women in science fiction. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City. Visit him on Twitter @SizzlerKistler and at AlanKistler.com.