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Star Wars Psychology Edited by Travis Langley {Just Hatched}

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Star Wars Psychology is a book outside of my normal reading selections, but once in a while I like to try something different ;-). I of course grew up a Star Wars fan given how nerdy my parents are and am loving the new wave of Star Wars fandom. I also really enjoy pop science non-fiction from time to time, so I thought this one could be fun. It didn’t quite work for me, but fans who want to also learn a bit about psychology will probably enjoy it!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Star Wars Psychology from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Star Wars Psychology Edited by Travis Langley {Just Hatched}

Star Wars Psychology by Travis Langley
Published by Sterling on Oct. 27th, 2015
Genres: Non-fiction, Sci-fi
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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This essay collection offers a fascinating psychological analysis of the compelling and complex universe of George Lucas's richly rendered Star Wars series. A group of expert contributors examines such topics as family ties, Jedi qualities, masculinity, girl power, and the values embodied in both the "dark" and "light" sides of this psychologically spellbinding world.

2 Stars

How is the writing style?


Star Wars Psychology is a collection of essays from psychologists who are also Star Wars fans. I read the first essay on if we can even define good and evil and thought there was a good mix of facts about psychology put into the context of Star Wars characters. It is quite readable since these are characters we all know, which makes tackling the psychological terms easier with clear examples.

General tone of the beginning

I also read the foreword and introduction and I think they explain the goals of this book quite well. I had never thought about how a film series as well known as Star Wars could be used to explain difficult concepts (like why do people go to war) to children as well as to tackle various ideas for the general public, but I think it’s a good point.


  1. My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
  2. Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
  3. Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

I’m giving Star Wars Psychology a 2 since it isn’t quite working for me, but I know that other fans will enjoy it. I think the main problem for me is that I love the psychology and would get really into an explanation and then be thrown out of it with the mention of a Star Wars character that fit that condition. I guess I need my fiction and non-fiction firmly separate ;-).

Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

Star Wars Psychology Edited by Travis Langley

© 2016, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. Sounds interesting. Perhaps it would be a good tool for writers as they world and character build?
    Thanks for the review!
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