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Heroes: What They Do and Why We Need Them
Scott T. Allison and George R. Goethals


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Format: Hardcover, 240pp.
ISBN: 9780199739745
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pub. Date: October 29, 2010

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Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana, Rick in Casablanca—why do we perceive certain people as heroes? What qualities do we see in them? What must they do to win our admiration

In Heroes, Scott T. Allison and George R. Goethals offer a stimulating tour of the psychology of heroism, shedding light on what heroism and villainy mean to most people and why heroes—both real people and fictional characters—are so vital to our lives. The book discusses a broad range of heroes, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Walt Kowalski in Gran Torino, Senator Ted Kennedy, and explorer Ernest Shackleton, plus villains such as Shakespeare's Iago. The authors highlight the Great Eight traits of heroes (smart, strong, selfless, caring, charismatic, resilient, reliable, and inspiring) and outline the mental models that we have of how people become heroes, from the underdog who defies great odds (David vs. Goliath) to the heroes who redeem themselves or who overcome adversity. Brimming with psychological insight, Heroes provides an illuminating look at heroes—and into our own minds as well.


 
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Scott T. Allison is Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond. George R. Goethals holds the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professorship in Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.



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Introduction3
 
1Heroes: Who They are and What They Do21
2Exemplars: Our Images of Heroes53
3Redemption: Back from the Brink81
4Obstacles: Triumph over Adversity108
5Evil: Challenges to Heroism135
6Shaping: How Heroes Shape Us and How We Shape Them163
 
Conclusion193
Notes209
Index221



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