Psychology Behind Superhero


The Psychology Behind Superhero Origin Stories

In childhood, we all love to read superheroes stories in comics. There are also various kinds of superhero movies. Even many of us as adults still like to view superhero movies. Have we ever wondered about the Psychology behind these superhero origin stories? What inspires these authors to make such stories? Why we feel so much connected with such stories?

In the following section of this article, we try to give answers to such questions. Therefore, you must not miss this article until the end.

The Psychology Behind Superhero Origin Stories
The Psychology Behind Superhero Origin Stories

Superhero Origin Stories

In Superhero stories, we observe that a normal guy like us becomes superhuman. There is a moment in these stories when an ordinary human becomes stronger, better, and faster. Hence, we all love such kind of stories. Moreover, many of the new superhero stories had evolved from the old ones. A clinical psychologist, Robin Rosenberg also explains the psychology of superheroes in her book. She explained that these stories tell us how to become heroes and not to become super. Many people draw such inspiration from such superhero stories.

The mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote that all such stories work in a similar phenomenon in one form or another. He told that in such stories a hero battled against the supernatural forces. After that, the hero returned his house from the adventure with power.

Life-Altering Experiences In Most Of Superhero Origin Stories

We observe that in most of the stories, the hero undergo three life-altering experiences. These are as follows.

The Psychology Behind Superhero Origin Stories
The Psychology Behind Superhero Origin Stories

First Experience

The first life-altering experience is trauma. You can observe it in Batman’s origin story. In it, someone murdered the parents of Bruce Wayne. After that, he dedicates his life to fight against crime. We can also experience “stress-induced growth” in real life too. Many people, after a trauma, dedicate themselves to help other ones. Even, some of them become social activists after such an incident.

Second And Third Experience

The second life-changing experience in most stories is destiny. Take the example of the Vampire Slayer. She was an ordinary teenager who discovered that nature chooses her to provide supernatural powers. Hence, she uses these powers to fight against demons. Buffy was previously nervous about accepting the new destiny. However, she convinced herself to get the job done. Many of us must also accept big responsibilities. It helps us to become better in less time.

And the third and last one is a sheer chance. We can observe it in the story of the Spiderman. The murder of his uncle by a street thug transforms him into a superhero. Previously, he was using his powers for selfish purposes. Hence, this story shows how some random events in our life can sometimes give us the right direction in life.

The writers of such stories mostly get inspired by life. They are deep observers of what is happening in the world. Then, they interpret their observations into a story. In creating such stories, they need to understand empathy capacity. Therefore, we are easily connected with such stories deeply.

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