Twitter Takes on Iron Man 3: Why Can't Tony Stark Sleep?

People are tweeting reactions to the Iron Man 3 depiction of Tony Stark as a man haunted by events of The Avengers motion picture and now suffering from anxiety attacks and various posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Some scoff as if anxiety diminishes the armored superhero while others praise the film for helping to combat stigma over issues of mental health.

Does Iron Man 3's Hero Suffer Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

In Iron Man 3, superhero and supergenius Tony Stark sleeps little, suffers anxiety attacks, refuses to discuss his experiences from the previous film (2012's The Avengers), and tries to avoid even thinking about them, and yet he says he does not have PTSD, but how would he know? What are the symptoms of PTSD and how extremely does Iron Man demonstrate any by DSM criteria?

Spectacular Tragedy in a Just World: The Power of "Why?"

A loner with a grudge can kill a President or shoot up a schoolyard. Spectacular tragedy does not require a spectacular explanation and yet we feel like it should.

Why Stick to a PTSD Diagnosis Based on Lies by Jodi Arias?

Claiming she stabbed, slashed, and shot a man in self defense, Arias admits she lied to psychiatrist Samuels repeatedly. Is belief perseverance why he won't revise the diagnosis?

Weddings, Funerals, Reboots–Capes and Cognitive Dissonance

Will cognitive dissonance increase fans' commitment to ongoing stories or to those they bought long ago when reboots, resurrections, and retcons suggest history "doesn't matter"?

Aurora Judge Rules "Truth Serum" Can Test Suspect's Insanity

Aurora just allows truth serum and polygraphy to determine if shooting suspect is genuinely insane, but a "truth serum" is not a truth serum a "lie detector" is not a lie detector.

The Bat of the Shadow: Batman's Role Models

Who were Batman's role models? Which theories in psychology might best address the ways in which people in life (his parents, their butler, a pacifist physician), fictional masked men of mystery (Zorro, the Shadow), and others influenced this frightened boy who, praying by his bedside a few nights after his parents died before his very eyes, became an avenger on a mission?

"Legends of the Knight" Video Chat on Batman and Psychology

Video discussion on the psychology of why Batman resonates so powerfully in the public consciousness. How and why does a fictional hero inspire real people?

Doctor Who: Fear the Weeping Angels and Don't Blink

The Weeping Angels, dangerous foes that science fiction hero Doctor Who and his companions encounter, evoke fears in characters and fans alike, but fears of what exactly?

The Dark Knight Rises: What Motivates Bane?

Whereas needs for achievement and power drive the comic book version of Bane to break the bat, the motion picture version of this psychopathic character does it all for love.

Are Batman's Enemies Insane? Unsound Minds—Part 2

Batman's more bizarre enemies often wind up in Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Which of Gotham City's colorful crooks come closest to qualifying as legally insane?

Are Batman's Enemies Insane? Sounder Minds—Part 1

With some exceptions, no, most comic book heroes’ nemeses know what they’re doing. They know who they hurt and they know it’s wrong. For plenty of them, that’s part of the fun.

Star Trek: The Mental Frontier

Gene Roddenberry's science fiction franchise offers a wealth of characters and diverse situations an instructor might explore to use psychology to analyze Star Trek and Star Trek to teach psychology.

The Avengers Teach Psychology: Class Assemble!

Three SHIELD agents, seven superheroes, and one Norse supervillain can illustrate a variety of psychological concepts.

Misremembering Batman

Before this year, no one has ever published a book on the psychology of a specific superhero, so why do so many people think think they've already read one?

A Dark and Stormy Knight: Why Batman?

Why do we find Batman so interesting? What attracts us to the superhero with no superpowers, driven by an origin powerful and brutally believable. Do we have bats in the belfry?

Batman's Case Files: Immortality versus Extinction

As science extends life, improving both quantity and quality of years we live, new patterns of later life emerge. What might Erik Erikson say about a 450-year-old eco-terrorist?

Batman's Case Files: Bane, the Man Who Broke the Bat

Bane’s drive to beat Batman for the sheer sake of beating Batman (as depicted in the original comic books) illustrates his strong achievement motivation, Need for Achievement: the need to overcome obstacles, to attain a lofty standard, and to rival and surpass others.

Are Olympic Athletes Heroes?

While some call Olympic athletes heroes, others argue there's more to heroism than outperforming fellow athletes in sports competitions. When is a sports figure also a hero?

Who Are Your Heroes?

The "Beyond Heroes & Villains" column debuts by raising questions: How do psychologists explain, identify, or even define heroism and villainy? Can psychology study good and evil?