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Product Details

  • Series: Psychology of Popular Culture
  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop; First Trade Paper Edition edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932100881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932100884
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adult/High School—It is perhaps the breadth and diversity of these essays that leave the collection feeling slightly uneven but allow various types of readers to browse it with some satisfaction. The selections are by professors, psychoanalysts, graduate students, and clinical psychologists. Robin Rosenberg's "What Do Students Learn from Hogwarts Classes?" seems a well-suited (and entertaining) addition to the syllabus of an education major, not "just" a Potter enthusiast. Some of the genuinely good pop-psychology fun comes from essays on such topics as Dobby and self-mutilation; Lord Voldemort and antisocial personality disorders; the romantic attachment styles of Ron, Harry, and Hermione; and, yes, even Harry Potter therapy (step-by-step instruction on "learning to cast positive spells of thought instead of negative"). This book would be an innovative choice for educators looking to engage older students of literary criticism or theoretical psychology; it's a hit-or-miss indulgence for fans of the series.—Shannon Peterson, Kitsap Regional Library, WA
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About the Author

Dr. Neil Mulholland was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He is presently a senior psychologist in child and family psychiatry at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, Canada, and consults to several health teams in the region. He also runs a small private practice for kids and adults, where he often uses Harry Potter as a therapeutic tool. In 1979, after spending ten years in the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico, Dr. Neil graduated from Arizona State University. He then returned to Vancouver, Canada, and spent 20 years there before moving to the prairies of Alberta. According to the online quizzes, he’s a bit of a Mr. Weasley.

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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Sho on May 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a nice compendium of essays associating Harry Potter with a range of topics in psychology. It stacks up well to other collections of critical essays and applications that take the Harry Potter books as their starting point.

The book is actually 326 pages and has an introduction and 22 chapters. Since the Table of Contents isn't available above, here are the chapters:

Introduction

Neil Mulholland, Ph.D.

What Do Students Learn from Hogwarts Classes?

Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Harry's Curiosity

Susan Engel with Sam Levin

Intergroup Conflict in the World of Harry Potter

Kevin J. Apple and Melissa J. Beers

"Have You Got What it Takes to Train Security Trolls?": Career Counseling for Wizards

Shoshana D. Kerewsky, Psy.D., and Lissa Joy Geiken, M.Ed.

Hogwarts Academy: Common Sense and Magic

Charles W. Kalish and Emma C. Kalish

Attachment Styles at Hogwarts: From Infancy to Adulthood

Wind Goodfriend, Ph.D.

What Harry and Fawkes Have in Common: The Transformative Power of Grief

Misty Hook

Harry Potter and the Resilience to Adversity

Richard E. Heyman and Danielle M. Provenzano

Discovering Magic

Karl S. Rosengren and Emily C. Rosengren

The Magical World of Muggles

Carol Nemeroff

Time and Time Again: Muggle's Watch, the Wizard's Clock

Peter A. Hancock and Michelle K. Gardner

The Social Dynamics of Power and Cooperation in the Wizarding World

Nancy Franklin

Mental Illness in the World of Wizardry

Jessica Leigh Murakami

"Dobby Had to Iron His Hands, Sir!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Chanteur d'ombre on July 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Not too full of psychobabble. Suitable for beginners or those with an interest in psychology, because we already "know" the characters. This book provides an intersting insight into how JKR has structured her world, and as such how we as people interact.

A good read.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By debi on August 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I want to admit up front that I haven't finished reading this book yet... which is because it's a very slow, difficult read. What I HAVE read is interesting, and the titles of the (currently unread) chapters look intriguing. But this is NOT a casual read -- definitely not for teen & younger readers -- because of the complexity of the issues discussed. I've had a college-level psychology course, which helps with the comprehension, but is still not enough to allow me to understand everything they're talking about. Still, I will plow my way through the rest of the book eventually -- but am not going to finish it in 24 hours, like I did with "Deathly Hallows"!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arielle Calderon on July 12, 2009
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The book is really interesting and if you're a psych major and a Harry Potter fanatic, you'll probably enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By acidpops462 on August 25, 2014
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I am a diehard potterhead and also minored in psychology so I was really interested when I ordered this book. A better title would have been Harry Potter from a Sociological Perspective. The articles seemed like academic papers written for soc. classes. Some articles felt like the author hadn't even read the series; focusing on one detail and excluding the overall themes of the series. I was expecting a psychoanalysis of characters and themes and instead this book discusses social issues in the wizarding world as if it was real and the issues needed to be solved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hartung on May 14, 2010
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I liked it, and used it for my English class because we had to write an essay on harry potter... so if you need a credible source for an essay this will work perfectly... it was interesting to read and had valid points.
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By Brooke Raake on October 14, 2014
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This book wasn't what I was expecting. It was much more of a psychology literature review with only slight ties to Harry Potter. I'm not even sure if all of the professors read the books (maybe one, but definitely not the whole series).
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By Megan Blackwell on January 4, 2013
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This came in on time & in perfect condition. I loved this! It is a little dry but looking into the dynamics of the characters was definitely fun!
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More About the Author

Robin S. Rosenberg is a clinical psychologist in private practice and has taught psychology at Lesley University and Harvard University. She is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and has been certified in clinical hypnosis. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr. Rosenberg specializes in treating people with eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.

In addition to writing college-level psychology textbooks, she teaches, writes, and speaks about the psychological phenomena revealed by superheroes; she can sometimes be found at comic conventions. Her website is www.DrRobinRosenberg.com.
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