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Superheroes to the Rescue!

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Joseph Campbell states in his Power of Myth that the mythologies of modern culture are found in pop culture. The Hero with a thousand faces today is the Superhero with a thousand faces fighting evil in all forms. Many patients find comfort in telling, reading or experiencing superhero stories. Window cleaners who dress up as superheroes when they work on a Children’s hospital put a smile on the face of terminally ill children. In addition, Science Fiction Movies make up more than 1/3 of the best-selling movies in this decade. Increasingly, today's culture uses Superhero stories as a frame of reference (sacred texts).

The presentation will demonstrate the power of superhero stories as tools for meaning making. It will introduce two of the mythologies from fantasy and science fiction and illustrate how these help patients in their struggle to find meaning.


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