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The Psychology of Vampires

1st Edition

By David Cohen


136 pages

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Paperback: 9781138057678
pub: 2018-10-09
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Why have vampires become such a feature of modern culture? Can vampire-like conditions be explained by medical research? Is there a connection between vampirism and Freud?

The Psychology of Vampires presents a captivating look at the origins of vampires in myth and history, and the psychological theories which try to explain why they fascinate us. It traces the development of vampires from the first ever vampire tale, written by John Polidori in 1819, to their modern cultural legacy. Together with historical detail about Polidori’s eventful life, the book also examines the characteristics of vampires, and explores how and why people might identify as vampires today.

From sanguinarians who drink blood, to psychic vampires who suck the energy from those around them, The Psychology of Vampires explores the absorbing connections between vampirism and psychology, theology, medicine and culture.

Table of Contents

Aperitif - The Vampires’ Favourite Ice Cream

Chapter 1- Poor Polidori and the Human Jam

Chapter 2 The Early History of Vampires.

Chapter 3 Dracula on the couch

Chapter 4 – The doctor who wanted to be something different

Chapter 5 – The Vampire develops and the poet flees from the bailiffs

Chapter 6 – Dip the Pen in Blood

Chapter 7 – Theology, Child Abuse – and the vampire ‘syndrome’

Chapter 8 – The First Proper Story

Chapter 9 - Sucking out energy - the passive aggressive personality

Chapter 10 – In Print

Chapter 11 – Vampires on the ward

Chapter 12 – A modern Oedipus, Bloodletting and three more deaths

Chapter 13 – Polidori’s cultural legacy

About the Author

David Cohen is a psychologist, film maker, writer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. His books include the best-selling Diana, Death of a Goddess on the controversies surrounding the Princess' death and Great Psychologists as Parents, and his film on the Soham murders was nominated for a BAFTA award.

About the Series

The Psychology of Everything

People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We’ve all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they’re thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life’s biggest questions.

The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.

Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology