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The Walking Dead Psychology

Nonfiction: Social Science
Unabridged   7.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/06/2018

The Walking Dead Psychology

Psych of the Living Dead

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684411504
Digital Download ISBN:9781684411511


What does it take to stay human when humanity has lost the world? The characters of The Walking Dead live in a desolate post-apocalyptic world, filled with relentless violence and death. In reality, how would such never-ending stress and trauma affect the psyche?

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By understanding the psychological forces that drive The Walking Dead’s action, fans can better grasp Robert Kirkman's compelling fictional universe. Which characters suffer PTSD, which show the most hope for recovery, and which instead show posttraumatic growth? Has Rick Grimes lost his mind? What's it like for a kid like Carl growing up during the zombie apocalypse? Is the Governor a psychopath, a sociopath, or something even worse? What does that make Negan? What is the emotional cost of killing a walker or even another living person? What does Terror Management Theory tell us about what it means to fight constantly or survival? What is groupthink and how does it affect the decisions made by the people of Woodbury, Terminus, Alexandria, and Rick's "family"? How do they find hope? In 19 chapters from a range of esteemed contributors, plus "Case Files" sidebars by renowned editor Travis Langley with a foreword by George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead co-creator John Russo, The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead answers these and many other questions in a way sure to fascinate the millions of passionate graphic novel readers and TV viewers.


"The Walking Dead Psychology is the perfect blend of insightful scholarship, pop-culture savvy and bloody good fun. Highly recommended!" —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin.

"Those interested in #TWD and/or psychology, check it out." —actor Andrew J. West (Gareth on The Walking Dead).

"Anyone who's a fan of the show or comic and who's at least slightly interested in psychology would find much to take away from this book. Not only will it enrich your appreciation of The Walking Dead, but the way it uses entertainment to explain the importance of psychological concepts, ...is quite simply good for your braaaains!" —The Pop Mythologist

Author Bio

Travis Langley authored the acclaimed book Batman And Psychology: A Dark And Stormy Knight. He is the editor and lead writer for Sterling Publishing's Popular Culture Psychology series. He is a psychology professor who teaches on the psychology of crime, mental illness, social behavior, and media at Henderson State University.