The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-11-18
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Utilizing examples from the clinically personal to the globally political, Sue Grand deconstructs the myth of the Hero-an externalized, larger-than-life personality who has the power to assuage our suffering while at the same time relieving us of the burdens of personal responsibility and social justice. In its place, she argues for the recognition of an ordinary hero, one who shares our fear and our flaws as well as our fortitude. As she grounds her thesis in clinical work, we meet combat veterans and children with imaginary villains, the analyst who fails to discover her own personal hero and the patient with whom she reclaims it. But she also reaches out to the wider world, critiquing the Hero's relation to war, terrorism, state-sponsored terror and genocide. This is an investigation that grows from the intimate to the collective, with implications for every corner of humanity. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Hero in the Mirrorp. 1
Heroes and Warriors
Combat Speaks I: Heroic Performance and Civilian Desirep. 23
Combat Speaks II: Grief and Tragic Memoryp. 43
Childhood and the Heroic Imagination
Fantastic Dangers: Reality Meets the Edge of the Worldp. 67
Strange Bodies in Strange Encounters: Transfiguration and Inquiryp. 93
Analytic Heroes: Finding Courage
False Courage, Analytic Liesp. 115
Intrepid Subjects: Rescuing Lost Generationsp. 135
Resisting Demonic Heroes
Restoring Reverence to Sacrificial Bodies: Terrorism, Counterterrorism Torturep. 155
Dignifying the Abject: Genocide and State Terrorp. 171
Epiloguep. 189
Referencesp. 195
Indexp. 209
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