Halloween: criminal psyche

Halloween: criminal psyche

Posted in the Psychology Forum


Clementon, NJ

#1 Dec 23, 2012
Why does Halloween fascinate children and adults alike? Halloween celebrates disguise and camouflage and stirs fantasies and emotions about harmless deception and surreal folk tales.

What is it about Halloween costumes that intrigue people? Costumes about heroic and villainous characters are quite popular because they capture curiosities about the divisive human psyche --- society and the so-called 'dark half.'

It is noteworthy to understand the psychological profiles of some important villainous characters in American folklore --- the Riddler (a diabolical enigma-generating villain in the otherwise heroic world of Batman the caped crusader), the Baroness (a subversive terrorist villain in the otherwise heroic world of G.I. Joe, an American paramilitary crusader group), and the Scarecrow (an insidious fear-tyrant in the otherwise heroic world of Batman the caped crusader). How do these villains capture human interest in criminal psychology and self-disguise fantasies for Halloween costumes?

The Riddler enjoys confounding society with riddles designed to fool people into self-destruction. The Riddler represents psychological anxieties about education and communication.

The Baroness enjoys marketing anarchy and subversive philosophies designed to tempt society into wrath. The Baroness represents psychological anxieties about social networking.

The Scarecrow enjoys scaring human beings and spreading ideas designed to draw society away from civic duty. The Scarecrow represents psychological anxieties about governance.

The Riddler, the Baroness, and the Scarecrow make great Halloween costumes, because they all characterize psychological anxieties about social organization.

Idealized Hollywood (USA) movies such as "Supergirl" (1984), "Batman Forever" (1995), and "Daredevil" (2003) present avatars and ideas about humanity's fascination with using hero-villain self-idealization to characterize criminal anxieties.

In other words, Halloween and "Supergirl" (1984) present important perspectives on the self-image relationship between criminal psychology and self-idealization (and self-disguise).

Are they printing movie posters on hemp/recycled paper yet?

God bless!

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