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Andrea Letamendi, the Superhero’s shrink

February 1, 2015 by Martha’s Dad

psicologiasuperheroesok-300x432-8902863One of my favourite blogs just has to be Under the Mask, brainchild of Dr Andrea Letamendi – a clinical psychologist into sci-fi, costume play and psychoanalysis.  As a doctoral student in San Diego, Letamendi first hit on the idea of psychoanalysing fictional characters and relating them to real-world mental health problems in order to improve recovery rates.

The rest, as they say, is history and Letamendi has become something of a celebrity in the world of both psychology and comic book conventions.  Her favourite character?  Batgirl, of course!  It’s nice to see such an innovative scholar and clinician gaining broader recognition, as evidenced in this recent and truly fascinating profile over on The Atlantic blog.  But don’t take my word for it – check out her site for yourself and learn just why that manic giggler The Riddler is really quite grim beneath the surface.