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 Power of Heroes

This is hopefully the first in a many-part series on the power of heroes and the possibilities that personal identification with a fictional hero can create. Last week at San Diego Comic Con, comic book writer Gail Simone tweeted about the opportunity she had to meet with a group of vets from Stack-up.Org. This non-profit uses … Continue reading The Power of Heroes