Dr. Janina Scarlet, who previously posted a guest piece on using fantastic heroes in therapeutic context ("What Is Superhero Therapy?"), takes to YouTube to talk with colleagues about the value of attending a fan convention and how to cope with post-con blues. Even though they (we) specifically address Comic-Con (as in San Diego Comic-Con International), the basic ideas might apply to any other social event that people have spent a long time looking forward to it, preparing for it, and building it up in their minds. In the midst of celebrities, cosplayers dressed like favorite fictional characters, and many thousands of other people, attending a big fan convention can impact an attendee a bit differently from other occasions. Psychologists Andrea Letamendi (@ArkhamAsylumDoc), Ali Mattu (@AliMattu), and Travis Langley (@Superherologist) weigh in, as do non-psychologist comic con experts Tony B. Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon), actor Sam Witwer (Being Human), and Max Brooks (author of World War Z), with some visual demonstration by Alan "Sizzler" Kistler (@SizzlerKistler). I talked about the need to exercise and eat sensibly while others focused on social aspects of coping.
Dr. Scarlet's disclaimer: Alan Kistler was not harmed in the making of this video.