Friday, November 20, 2015

Star Wars Psychology Editied by Travis Langley with Giveaway!

Essays
320 p.
Publisher: Sterling
Published: 10/27/15
Source: From publisher for review
This essay collection offers a fascinating psychological analysis of the compelling and complex universe of George Lucas's richly rendered Star Wars series. A group of expert contributors examines such topics as family ties, Jedi qualities, masculinity, girl power, and the values embodied in both the "dark" and "light" sides of this psychologically spellbinding world. This essay collection offers a fascinating psychological analysis of the compelling and complex universe of George Lucas's richly rendered Star Wars series. A group of expert contributors examines such topics as family ties, Jedi qualities, masculinity, girl power, and the values embodied in both the "dark" and "light" sides of this psychologically spellbinding world
My thoughts:

Okay, confession time. I'm a total nerd when it comes to Star Wars. It is a fun series you know I had to read this one. I often read the blog posts about various theories about plot points within this world and some of them are quite imaginative. Yea, I told you I was a nerd. ;)

This is really a both a psychology book that takes parts of Star Wars to explain theories, and plot points and characterization that is explained through psychology. So, if you like to understand a bit more about the human mind in a more entertaining way this book is for you.

While I enjoyed the interplay of Star Wars and psychological theories, I also found myself arguing various points with the authors. Yes, there are various authors but the way it was edited it flows like it had one author. As for the points argued, it was mostly based on what I understand of the psychological theories rather than the plot or characterization of the Star Wars universe.

So, I give this book 3 stars. I recommend it to those that want an entertaining way to learn psychology (this would make a fun and excellent HS or college course) and those total Star Wars nerds like me trying to fill in the gap until the newest movie comes out. :)

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24 comments:

  1. Ooooo this would be a fun course to take wouldn't it! Surely USC or the like would have something similar, and I would register for that course if I could. Glad you enjoyed this one even if you were arguing with the authors on a couple points ;-)

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    1. I would have totally loved a course like this one. I think it would have made learning about psychology much more fun. :)

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  2. Very interesting! I like that this made you think and even made you argumentative, I kind of think that is fun. ;)

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    1. For SHAME! The force is not strong with this one. ;) LOL

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  4. I would totally read this. I have my degree in psychology and I sat through many lecture back in the day where my profs referenced Star Wars, who knew?

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    1. You would have loved this one then. I think this would have been so much fun than the regular lecture.

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  5. why did you find yourself arguing with the authors? is it because of how you felt they represented the theories? wrong research? not implemented correctly? As a person who studied psychology I am truly interested what had driven you to it.

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    1. Basically it was more about how the theories were applied to various characters. In other words, I could see their point, see that they were really trying to teach a concept, but I didn't quite always agree with the application. I could go into more deets but it would be better if you e-mailed me for more discussion. ;)

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  6. I've never really been into Star Wars, but I kind of want to be. I guess I need to go back and watch from the beginning. I had an ex that was a die hard fan, perhaps that has kept me from being one. lol.

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    1. Forget the ex... he was only pretending to like it for nerd cred. ;) There, now you can enjoy the fun of the SW universe (and I'm the first to admit there are several probs in the movies, but it was still fun!).

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  7. I've never been a Star Wars nerd (never even seen it!), but glad it was interesting!

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  8. This sounds cool, and I like getting all of the little deets

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  9. Star Wars never was my thing. Happy you liked it even if some points were not to your taste.

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  10. I like the movies but not as much so I'm not sure I would be that interested to read this one.

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  11. Amazing post dear! You have a wonderful blog:)
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  12. Haha! Funny how you read a book and want to argue the points! A shame it;s not an interactive read!!

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  13. Ohhh I'll have to do some recon work and see if any SW nerds in my life already have this. If not, I'd totally give it to them for Christmas. lol

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  14. I'm guessing this is a must have read for all the Star Wars' fans out there. For myself I enjoyed the original films but not the latter and am sure I'd find this fascinating but only up to a certain point.

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