Killing Monsters: Why Children Need

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Basic Books, Aug 1, 2008 - Psychology - 272 pages
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Children choose their heroes more carefully than we think. From Pokémon to the rapper Eminem, pop-culture icons are not simply commercial pied pipers who practice mass hypnosis on our youth. Indeed, argues the author of this lively and persuasive paean to the power of popular culture, even trashy or violent entertainment gives children something they need, something that can help both boys and girls develop in a healthy way. Drawing on a wealth of true stories, many gleaned from the fascinating workshops he conducts, and basing his claims on extensive research, including interviews with psychologists and educators, Gerard Jones explains why validating our children's fantasies teaches them to trust their own emotions and build stronger selves.
 

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Review: Killing Monsters: Our Children's Need For Fantasy, Heroism, and Make-Believe Violence

User Review  - Ivan - Goodreads

A brilliant study on the process of maturing and the importance of seemingly violent play and fantasies for a healthy development. We, adults, love to instruct, control, normalise, categorize and pathologize, so it is time we took a look upon ourselves from the opposite side. Read full review

Review: Killing Monsters: Our Children's Need For Fantasy, Heroism, and Make-Believe Violence

User Review  - Stacey Allen - Goodreads

Interesting theories. Read full review

Contents

Being Strong
1
Seeing What Were Prepared to See
23
The Magic Wand
45
The Good Fight
65
Girl Power
77
Calming the Storm
97
Fantasy and Reality
113
The Courage to Change
129
Vampire Slayers
149
Shooters
165
Model Mirror and Mentor
183
Not So Alone
205
Growing Up
219
Notes
233
Index
251
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About the author (2008)

Gerard Jones is a writer whose credits include the New York Times, Harper's, Batman and Spider-Man comics, and Pokémon cartoons. Recently, he has developed the Art & Story Workshops for children and spoken on fantasy, aggression, and the media at institutions around the country. He is the author of Honey, I'm Home: Sitcoms Selling the American Dream and The Comic Book Heroes. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

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