Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing The Truth

Before I get into the new book Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth, edited by Dr. Travis Langley and Mara Wood. I felt I should take a moment and share my thoughts on the character herself as well as my first introduction. Like many of you that visit The Retroist I’m willing to bet the first time you learned of Wonder Woman was thanks to the long running Super Friends TV series.

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Of course a few years after that the popular live action Wonder Woman TV series debuted on ABC. Starring the talented Lynda Carter, the first season took place in the 1940s. Afterwards the show jumped ship to CBS and was placed in the current day. In addition to becoming The New Adventures of Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman

All thanks to the Wonder Woman TV show in fact, I would pick up the DC comics. To this day when I think of the power and beauty of the character. It is the illustration of the legendary José Luis García-López that comes to mind. To say nothing of the impact that George Perez had on Wonder Woman!
Wonder Woman

With a film version set to hit theaters on June 2nd. It is a great time to take a closer look at the origins of the character as well as her creator, William Moulton Marston. Hard to overlook the fact that the man who invented the polygraph machine bestowed his creation a lasso of truth, right?

Except for he didn’t create the lie detector test as the book points out. Although he did in fact create the systolic blood pressure test. Which is used in polygraph tests. Furthermore there are some that cite it was his Wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston, who helped in the research of said test. Fitting as she was the one to suggest the gender of William’s creation for All -American Comics!

“…one who would triumph not with fists or firepower, but with love. “Fine,” said Elizabeth. “But make her a woman.””

I have shared the pop culture psychology books by Langley before. And Sterling Publishing was kind enough to send me Travis and Wood’s latest for review. Right off the bat, Dr. Langley cuts to the truth by challenging the reader. To not get hung up on certain elements of Marston’s creation. Like “bondage” for example. Not without understanding what William was intending readers to understand.

There are 20 essays included in Wonder Woman Pyschology: Lassoing the Truth. Featuring not just a foreword by Trina Robbins but the likes of Chris and Caitlin Yogerst, Laura Vecchiolla, Mike Madrid, and Rebecca M. Langley. As well as Tim Hanley, Martin Lloyd, Wind Goodfriend, Annamaria Formichella-Elsden. In addition to Janina Scarlet, Lara and Nina Kester, Erin Currie, Eric D. Wesselman, J. Scott Jordan, J.C. Lobato, Jenna Busch, E. Paul Zehr, Jeff Pisciotta, and Alan Kistler.

The essays cover such topics as Feminist Psychology: Teaching How to Be Wonderful by Mara Wood. Balancing the Warrior and the Peace Ambassador by Eric D. Wesselman. It’s a Man’s World: Wonder Woman and Attitudes Toward Gender Roles by Erin Currie. And another favorite Snapping Necks and Wearing Pants by Travis Langley.

Wonder Woman Psychology is available for purchase tomorrow at most book dealers.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman With A Box

For fifty-three years Doctor Who has been entertaining audiences across the globe. There is a rather good reason for this phenomenon. Doctor Who is an imaginative series with great science fiction stories. Furthermore it casts even greater actors in the role of the Doctor.

Having said that, the Doctor can at times be detached. Cold. Even alien as well – which makes sense as he is in fact a member of a race of time-traveling aliens from Gallifrey known as the Time Lords. Thankfully throughout the Doctor Who series he had been able to count on companions. Mostly human – but not always – souls that travel with the good Doctor. To help anchor him on his journey through time and space in the TARDIS.

Now then it is most certainly true that the Doctor in his many regeneration’s has experienced adventures. As well as his share of tragedy and horror. So it only stands to reason that in term of his psychological state he would be of great interest.
Doctor Who

Which is why Dr. Travis Langley has gathered his own set of companions to offer essays on Doctor Who. You might remember I covered two other collections by Langley on Game of Thrones and Captain America.

Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box offers 19 essays from the likes Janina Scarlet, Alan Kistler, Deirde Kelly, Jim Davies, William Sharp, Erin Currie, Wind Goodfriend, Miranda Pollock, Kristen Erickson, Stephen Prescott, Matt Munson, Jenna Busch, Billy San Juan, Daniel Saunders, Martin Lloyd, and David Kyle Johnson.

A few of the subjects of the essays include:

  • The Compassionate Doctor – Caring for Self by Caring for Others
  • New Face, New Man – A Personality Perspective
  • Who Makes a Good Companion
  • Post-Time War Stress Disorder
  • From Human to Machine – At What Point Do You Lose Your Soul?

Not only that but Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box also includes a foreword by none other than Kay Manning. Who in fact played Jo Grant – the third Doctor’s companion!

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The book is available now at better book dealers everywhere. Or you can click here for the books’ page on Amazon. In the light of Christmas just being around the corner, you might find this the perfect stocking stuffer.

Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind is Dark and Full of Terrors

I don’t think that George R.R. Martin when he began to craft the idea that would become the series of books that makes up A Song of Ice and Fire back in 1991 ever entertained the notion that it would be so widely embraced much less become adapted into a cultural phenomenon thanks to HBO’s Game of Thrones television series.

A Game of Thrones

Martin’s epic tale wouldn’t see print until 1996 and of course is continuing today with the soon to be published sixth novel in the series entitled The Winds of Winter, but even from the first novel – A Game of Thrones, we fans were treated to a rich tapestry of characters and locations…as well as an overwhelming abundance of deceit, treachery and murder. It only makes sense that Dr. Travis Langley would gather some of the same contributors from Captain America Vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology and delve into such topics from the books and TV series as in Dave Verhaagen’s look at whether King Joffrey truly ranks the title of psychopath (Yes!) and Erin Currie’s examination of the reasoning behind certain characters actions as they choose to either embrace personal freedom or accept security by bowing down or “kneeling” to varied Westeros group or individual of higher power.

Game of Thrones Psychology even broaches the subjects of parenting psychology with Stephen Hupp’s essay, one of my favorites in the book, where he looks at the child rearing styles of some of the Houses in Westeros. Like the Stark’s displaying responsiveness and demandingness – elements of what is considered an authoritative parenting style. As opposed to say the disengaged approach of House Baratheon…which I think is putting it mildly…especially in regards to Robert Baratheon.
Robert Baratheon

Lara Taylor Kester’s essay looks at how it is the likes of Arya and Daenerys are able to endure and survive the hardships of abuse and loss of Family and even point out they are made into stronger and more understanding characters through the posttraumatic growth.
Daenerys - Game of Thrones

Other contributors to Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind is Dark and Full of Terrors include Colt J. Blunt, Mark Caldwell Jones, Dana Klisanin, Martin Lloyd, Dawn R. Weatherford, Wind Goodfriend, Janina and Jay Scarlet, Josue Cardona, Jenna Busch, William Black Erickson, Patrick O’Connor, Kyle Maddock, Laura Vecchiolla, and Jonathan Hetterly.

You can pick up your copy Game of Thrones Psychology starting Tuesday 6/21 or you can hop over to Sterling Publishing’s Official Sitefor the night is dark and full of terrors!

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