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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Dr. Robin Rosenberg Superhero Psychiatrist

This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show my guest is Dr. Robin Rosenberg, a praticing psychologist who also diagnoses superheroes. In this episode we discuss the psychological underpinnings of such characters as including Magneto, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Joker, and of course, Batman.

If you're still not completely convinced that this is something you would want to hear, then maybe these quotes will help you get there:

"Really good fiction writers capture something essential about human nature, and they translate what they see in a way that feels alive and sort of psychologically true for many of us. What I try to do is talk about why it feels psychologically true." – Dr. Robin Rosenberg on why she uses superheroes as a way to teach psychology.

"In Buffy it is all about the social support. Buffy was always with The Scoobies and while Buffy is the lead hero it is really about her and her team. Also, Josh Whedon did a lovely job talking about the burden of responsibility, and the fact that she didn’t choose this path, she was called to it… That happens to us. Sometimes we think we are on a path in life and then crap happens and we end up somewhere we didn’t choose but we kind of have to suck it up and deal with it." – Dr. Robin Rosenberg on the psychology in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


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