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Psychology of The Simpsons: D'oh!
     

Psychology of The Simpsons: D'oh!

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by Alan S. Brown, Chris Logan
 

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ISBN-10: 1932100709

ISBN-13: 9781932100709

Pub. Date: 03/01/2006

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.


Psychologists turn their attention to The Simpsons, one of America’s most popular and beloved shows, in these essays that explore the function and dysfunctions of the show’s characters. Designed to appeal to both fans of the show and students of psychology, this unique blend of science and pop culture consists of essays by professional

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Psychologists turn their attention to The Simpsons, one of America’s most popular and beloved shows, in these essays that explore the function and dysfunctions of the show’s characters. Designed to appeal to both fans of the show and students of psychology, this unique blend of science and pop culture consists of essays by professional psychologists drawn from schools and clinical practices across the country. Each essay is designed to be accessible, thoughtful, and entertaining, while providing the reader with insights into both The Simpsons and the latest in psychological thought. Every major area of psychology is covered, from clinical psychology and cognition to abnormal and evolutionary psychology, while fresh views on eclectic show topics such as gambling addiction, Pavlovian conditioning, family therapy, and lobotomies are explored.

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ISBN-13:
9781932100709
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Series:
Psychology of Popular Culture series
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
563,296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Psychology of The Simpsons: D'oh! 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awsome read. Great compilation of essays that expand the mind!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as screwed up as you family only funnier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the simpsons i love itchy and scrachy buy this book
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Perhaps one reason for Creator Matt Groening¿s overwhelming success with the show¿s sixteen seasons is his ability to present relatable human truths and paradigms absurdly and to their exaggerated ends. On the surface a reader¿s first impression might be one of skepticism in the book¿s scientific merits as the subject matter is based on a fictional world. That notion is quickly dismissed in the first essay, ¿The Family Simpson: Like Looking in a Mirror?¿, which focuses on comparing the family for which the series is named with the traditional family structure in America. The true magic of this book is that it never lets the reader down. Just when a particular topic of psychology seems dry, and too over-analyzed, then comes an application from the show that makes sense of it all and leaving the reader wanting to be more of a fan of the show and psychology. Casual viewers of the show will still get a kick out of the material presented but it is the diehard fans who will be the most entertained. Throughout much of the book many of the same episodes and situations are referenced in future essays. For a series with well over three hundred episodes, it is not quite clear whether the editors instructed the essayists to focus on a select few episodes and situations instead of the series as a whole or if it was pure coincidence as some instances throughout the series tend to have more merit in the field of psychology than others. In either case it can be rather annoying but is dealt with more easily each time the situation is referenced to in a different context of psychology. If the Simpsons series is an exaggeration of real life then the application of psychology to it is the medium to bring it back to reality. Or perhaps an alternative view can be considered: whereas psychology applied to the Simpsons is an exaggeration and real life is the only constant. Can it really be concluded without absurdity that Maggie, the Simpsons¿ baby, is ¿at serious risk for conduct problems and alcohol/substance abuse dependence later in life. ¿? The places where this book fails are the same places where psychology fails. Psychology is not a perfect science nor are the Simpsons a perfect family. Somewhere between perfection and complete utter failure lie innumerable human variables to which science cannot predict or control. And although the writers of the series maintain creative control over the characters and their interactions with another, they cannot completely control the viewers¿ perception on the psychological state of their favorite fictional characters by comparing it to their own. What results is an endless game of cat-and-mouse or as the world of ¿The Simpsons¿ would have it, a gory episode of Itchy and Scratchy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boss cover