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Publisher's Summary

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? This book:


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 worlds most popular comic book characters
Is written by a psychology professor and Superherologist (scholar of superheroes)

©2012 Travis Langley (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By WCCC on 02-02-15

Fun, Informative and Highly Recommended

An engaging, creative, and surprisingly thorough introduction to psychology that never strays too far from its focus: Batman and the world in which he lives. For anyone interested in Batman, the psychology of superheroes (as well as super criminals), or psychology in general – with plenty of applications to real life – this is a terrific book.

Regarding the narration: it is simply outstanding. The highest compliment you can give to a narrator is that he or she is so good that the listener forgets about the reader and simply hears the story. (We tend to notice narrators only when they "intrude" on the content, distracting us in some way from the book. That simply doesn't happen here.) The tone, cadence, inflection - everything - is just right. The result is a fun and informative listening experience that I plan to enjoy again and again.

I think so much of the audiobook that I have already recommended it to a friend with deep expertise in the field, believing that he would enjoy the creative exploration of both the character of Batman and the field of psychology.

Well worth the time. Hence: Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simona on 04-30-15

A fun, captivatingly analytic read

Anyone who's questioned (or been curious about) the plausibility or motivations of a superhero would gain much by reading.listening to this book. Langely does a brilliant job of covering many aspects of Batman's psychosis by comparing and contrasting him to the villains, sidekicks, love interests, father figures & other characters he comes in contact with. The entire range of Batman stories, from gritty graphic novels to campy TV series, are included in his analysis.

An extensive knowledge of Batman in all his forms is not necessary at all to understand the materials he draws from. That said, it makes it much easier to envision the various Batmans if you've had at least some exposure to the Nolan films, the Shoemaker & Burton films, the Adam West show, and/or Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns.

Langely goes through the gamut of major psychological discoveries and disorders, but here again he does an excellent job of introducing these concepts to non-psychology readers while keeping his analysis interesting for those, like myself, who are.

I particularly loved the case file on Harley Quinn because I've always asked myself, if she's a likable/good person, why does she always run back to the obviously evil & crazed murder, the Joker?

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-02-13

Interesting!

What made the experience of listening to Batman and Psychology the most enjoyable?

Pretty much everything. Really liked this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character..? In the Batman universe..? Oh, don't get me started. Not only is Batman himself awesome, but the series totally has the best rogues gallery.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As this is a non-fiction book, I can't point at a particular scene, but I can say that I enjoyed the way the book was put together. Superherologist Travis Langley takes a closer look at many of the characters, discussing them in the light of psychology - at some stage even discussing the fans in that same light.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I guess that'd be a documentary, and I'd just steal "A Dark and Stormy Knight" from the book. Very catchy.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-10-17

A factual look at fictional folk

Not only informative about the inner workings of character's minds, but a great starter course for psychology on general. It treats every subject totally seriously, no matter how ridiculous it is (with healthy doses of dry wit here and there), leading to a comprehensive examination of a wide array of topics, including comic book history.

Almost no stone is left unturned: the effect of losing a parent, what drives bat-foes to murder, how effective are Batman's crime fighting methods, does wearing a costume change your mentality and personality. From fear to love to nature to nurture, everything you've always wondered and things you may have never questioned.

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