Why I still believe in Superheroes at 42 years old!

I have run across some people in the last few years that do not believe that superheroes are good for kids.  Their position focuses on the inappropriate ‘worship’ of fantasy  In addition, they propose that superheroes represent an unrealistic identity or they are simply too aggressive/violent. According to child development psychologist Naeema Jiwani (hricdubai.com), kids are able to channel, “their energies into these fictional figures, they can conquer bad guys, rule the world and be kings or queens of their own universes.”

Playing superhero gives kids one opportunity to role-play the concept of good and fair.  Almost all of childhood is spent pretending.  A tea party with stuffed animals, dinosaurs that crush cars or scoring touchdowns on the sofa are common perfections of childhood.  Superheroes offer the most enticing make-believe to believe.  Let’s  set aside the intangible powers of superheroes.  Look at them on a generic level.  Disregard their wide range of means and methods.  All of them are great at problem solving, help others, care about their community and exhibit courage.

I am 100% in support of Superherosim.

At 42, I still believe

  • ... leading by example.
  • …in right verse wrong.
  • …in being physically fit.
  • …the planet can be saved.
  • …in bad guys verse good guys.
  • …seeing the good in people first.
  • …kindness (a layer of love) rules all.
  • …with great power comes great responsibility.
  • …in seeking out a fair resolution to most problems.
  • …life is filled with moral dilemmas from childhood until death.
  • …helpfulness is one of the most amazing altruist traits.
  • …having confidence to stand up for yourself and others leads to a righteous path.
  • …proactive living minimizes helpless-ness and is fulfilling.
  • …knowing how to fight literally and metaphorically is a relevant skill set needed throughout one’s life.

Would you like to get to know some of the greatest superheroes?  Check out the slide show and get to know some classic role models.

If I have inspired you to re-discover the world of superheroes, here are a few fantastic books.

The Psychology of Superheroes: An Unauthorizes Exploration

Becoming Batman

Superheroes and Philosophy

Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society

I love superheroes so much that I created a class called Superhero Training for 3 to 7 year olds.  If you would like to help your kid explore super heroism you can click here to get more information.

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  • got an x-men collection out of this world we all need the fantasy.

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