Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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What you can learn from Harry Potter, the X-Men, and more.
Janina Scarlet Ph.D.
"Being socially excluded was often equivalent to death"
-Geoff MacDonald and Mark R. Leary (2005)
Recently the surge of the #MeToo hashtag made people wonder about why many of the sexual assault survivors do not report their perpetrators.
Some people get up and go to work. Other people have to fight a dragon to get there. Or a series of dragons—the dragons of depression or anxiety.
Did you see "Wonder Woman" in the theatre yet? Wonder what made it so powerful? Here are some of the psychology concepts shown in the film.
Do you enjoy reading fiction, watching fantasy or science fiction TV shows, or reading Superhero comics? What if these have a potential to help us better manage our mental health?
The psychology behind Netflix series "13 Reasons Why"
Does Logan suffer from PTSD? Finding meaning after trauma.
We go through many losses in life. It's hard to manage when we are dealing alone. By connecting with friends or fictional characters we might be able to better manage our loss.
Did you ever want to be a Superhero? Did you ever connect with fictional characters in a meaningful way? There might be a therapeutic reason for this.
Have you ever felt depressed or anxious? Have you felt alone in these experiences? Connections with people or fictional characters might help us better.
Janina Scarlet, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who uses Superhero Therapy at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management.