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Victim -> Survivor -> Hero – Part 2: Crisis

Part 1, "Danger," discussed my personal and professional crisis, and a little bit about the Hero's Journey structure and "using it for good." As I'll lay out in Part 3, I'm going to be advocating a rethinking of the Hero's Journey as applicable for people or characters in severe crises and seemingly unbreakable patterns of … Continue reading Victim -> Survivor -> Hero – Part 2: Crisis

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Victim -> Survivor -> Hero – Part 1: Danger

About a year and a half ago, I had a complete physical and mental breakdown. Breakdowns don't all happen like they do in the movies, and mine was not a dramatic 5150 Brittany Spears ambulance run. No, my breakdown slowly happened over time, where pieces of myself were chipped away, over and over - small … Continue reading Victim -> Survivor -> Hero – Part 1: Danger

The permissibility of violence as a key to radicalization: “heroes” and “losers”

New research in the Washington Post by Julie M. Norman and Drew Mikhael from Club de Madrid has shown that in a large number of extreme radicalization cases, ideology doesn’t matter as much as the process by which the initiated comes to find meaning and self-worth within the radicalized community. Popular wisdom and some pundits … Continue reading The permissibility of violence as a key to radicalization: “heroes” and “losers”

“Save the Day”: The phrase’s origin story from the U.S. Civil War

What would a superhero narrative be without "Saving the Day?" Snatching victory from the jaws of certain defeat? The improbable story of when all hope is lost, the hero arrives to rally everyone to victory? The drama and exhilaration we feel when reading or watching these kinds of hero stories is typically linked to the … Continue reading “Save the Day”: The phrase’s origin story from the U.S. Civil War

The Superhero in Crisis: The quiet power of endurance (a meditation)

Some superpowers aren’t as showy as others, but they can be more important than the other gifts altogether. This especially goes for the simple ability to stand back up after taking a solid punch. Most people can probably relate to how hard this can actually be. Following the release of the Wonder Woman movie this summer, … Continue reading The Superhero in Crisis: The quiet power of endurance (a meditation)