The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo : Understanding Lisbeth Salander and Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy

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Lisbeth Salander, heroine of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, is one of the most compelling, complex characters of our time. Is she an avenging angel? A dangerous outlaw? What makes Salander tick, and why is our response to her--and to Larsson's Millennium trilogy--so strong? In The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 19 psychologists and psychiatrists attempt to do what even expert investigator Mikael Blomkvist could not: understand Lisbeth Salander. * What does Lisbeth's infamous dragon tattoo really say about her? * Why is Lisbeth so drawn to Mikael, and what would they both need to do to make a relationship work? * How do we explain men like Martin Vanger, Nils Bjurman, and Alexander Zalachenko? Is Lisbeth just as sexist and as psychopathic as they are? * What is it about Lisbeth that allows her to survive, even thrive, under extraordinary conditions? * How is Lisbeth like a Goth-punk Rorschach test? And what do we learn about ourselves from what we see in her?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 139 x 209 x 20.32mm | 297g
  • Dallas, United States
  • English
  • 1936661349
  • 9781936661343
  • 531,724

Table of contents

Introduction PART 1: THE GIRL WITH THE ARMORED FACADE "Lisbeth Salander and the 'Truth' About Goths" -- Robert Young and Lynne McDonald-Smith "The Body Speaks Louder Than Words: What Is Lisbeth Salander Saying?" -- Rachel Rodgers and Eric Bui "Lisbeth Salander as a Gender Outlaw" -- Misty K. Hook "What to Say When the Patient Doesn't Talk: Lisbeth Salander and the Problem of Silence" -- David Anderegg "Mistrustful: Salander's Struggle with Intimacy" -- Prudence Gourguechon PART 2: THE GIRL WITH THE TORNADO INSIDE "Sadistic Pigs, Perverts, and Rapists: Sexism in Sweden" -- Wind Goodfriend "Broken: How the Combination of Genes and a Rough Childhood Contribute to Violence" -- Joshua Gowin "Men Who Hate Women But Hide it Well: Successful Psychopathy in the Millennium Trilogy" -- Stephanie N. Mullins-Sweatt and Melissa Burkley "If Lisbeth Salander Were Real" -- Hans Steiner "Confidential: Forensic Psychological Report--Lisbeth Salander" -- Marisa Mauro PART 3: THE GIRL WHO COULDN'T BE STOPPED "The Magnetic Polarizing Woman" -- Sandra Yingling "Resilience with a Dragon Tattoo" -- Pamela Rutledge "Lisbeth Salander, Hacker" -- Bernadette Schell "Salander as Superhero" -- Robin S. Rosenberg "The Cost of Justice" -- Mikhail Lyubansky and Elaine Shpungin About the Editors
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About Robin S. Rosenberg

Robin S. Rosenberg, PhD, is a clinical psychologist. She writes college-level psychology textbooks and has taught psychology courses at Lesley University and Harvard University. She also writes about popular culture figures and the psychological phenomena their stories reveal. Shannon O'Neill is an editorial consultant for a prominent literary agency in Washington, D.C. She also teaches at American University. Shannon has a master's in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.
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