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.
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.
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.
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.
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